Tituss Burgess Interview: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
“It’s not lost on me,” reveals Tituss Burgess of the impact of his latest Emmy nomination. The actor recently received his fourth consecutive Comedy Supporting Actor nomination for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” He is the only performer from the series who has been nominated at the Emmys for every season of the Netflix comedy. He has also won the past three straight years at the Gold Derby TV Awards and is nominated again in 2018. Watch our exclusive video interview above.
Burgess has spent the last four years providing laughs and outbursts of song as his on screen alter ego Titus Andromedon. While he notes that his approach hasn’t changed drastically, Burgess has learned not to overdo it mapping out scenes. He says, “The less I prepare, the more authentic the response I’m able to allow Titus Andromedon to have to his surroundings.” Instead of overthinking, he trusts the creative insights of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to guide him: “You couldn’t ask for more thorough writers.”
“Kimmy Schmidt” always allows its characters room to grow and evolve. And Burgess cites his relationship with Mikey (Mike Carlsen) as his favorite area of growth. As Burgess describes it, Titus “became accidentally self centered” over the years. He was “deprived in many ways a proper maturation process, in terms of becoming a gay man.” That all changed when he fell in love with Mikey. But Titus ultimately let him go to flourish on his own. The process of trying to win back his on-screen boyfriend has been satisfying for Burgess to explore as an actor. “He goes through every possible color of the rainbow to figure out how to get Mikey’s attention back.”
It was recently revealed that Season 4 will be the final season on Netflix for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The last batch of episodes will air this January. Burgess hopes audiences will be satisfied with the resolution for his character. “Titus to a lot of people, represents something very personal.” With that in mind, he wishes happiness for his character, and an understanding of “how to take people’s feelings into consideration.”