“I miss us,” said Carol Kane, reminiscing with her “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” co-stars Tituss Burgess, Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski, plus creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock during a Netflix FYSEE event in New York City on May 8. She was visibly moved when discussing her experience on the Netflix series, which premiered its last six episodes in January.Watch them above.
Kane felt especially lucky to have appeared on “Kimmy Schmidt” given her past experience with classic TV comedy. She won two Emmys for her role as Simka Dahblitz on “Taxi” (1982-1983), and she didn’t expect lightning to strike twice in her career. “I had the fortune to work with [‘Taxi’ creator] Jim Brooks and the greatest television writers,” she explained. “I certainly never thought that a second thing would come my way, where holy shit I’m getting to work with the great writers again.”
Krakowski had a similar feeling, having worked on Fey’s previous series “30 Rock.” She was so eager to go along for another ride with Fey that she said yes to the show before she even knew who she would be playing. As an actor, you don’t get a lot of repeat customers, and now after two shows with Fey, “I’m kind of ruined,” Krakowski said. “No other jobs will ever be as good as this.”
Kemper and Burgess were in a different boat entirely. Kemper had appeared on “The Office,” but that was a large ensemble cast where Kemper wasn’t the central focus. For “Kimmy” she was the headliner, and what’s more, she was working with Jon Hamm, who was actually her teacher way back when. “I was, I’ll just say it, shitting bricks,” said Kemper about the experience of sharing scenes with her former instructor and flubbing a line or two in the process. “It was a stress dream come to life.”
Burgess had guest starred on “30 Rock” prior to “Kimmy Schmidt,” but most of his acting experience was on the stage, so he had arguably the steepest learning curve. “It was a bit of a mind-f*ck at first … I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he admitted, though Fey was quick to point out that Burgess was an unusually quick learner.
Hopefully he hasn’t gotten rusty since the show ended because it turns out he and the “Kimmy” cast will be back for a last hurrah. Fey announced during the panel that “Kimmy Schmidt” is returning for one more episode, an interactive special a la “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.” So it seems as though “Unbreakable” describes the show itself and not just the main character.
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