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Tina Fey on 'Admission' and motherhood
Best known for her Sarah Palin impression and silly antics on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," "Mean Girls" actress and mom Tina Fey has had quite a year so far.
In January, Fey took her final bow as character Liz Lemon on her hit NBC show "30 Rock" after seven seasons. And on the heels of the show's finale, she began gearing up for her new movie "Admission" due in theaters on March 22. Also staring Paul Rudd, "Admission" follows Portia Nathan, Fey's character, as an Ivy league college admissions officer who meets a college-bound boy who just may be the son she gave up in a secret adoption years back.
Fey lives in Manhattan with her husband Jeff Richmond with their two daughters, Alice, 7, and Penelope, 1. Fey and director Paul Weitz made an appearance at a recent screening of "Admission" in Manhattan, hosted by The Moms, the media duo of Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein, and sponsored by Martini Sparkling Wines and General Mills. Fey greeted guests and answered some pressing parenting questions. Here's what she had to say.
What is your best advice you've given to new mothers, and the best advice you ever got since becoming a mom?
"The advice I always try to give is ... whatever you do breast-feeding wise ... great! Whatever you do, whatever you're doing ... Great! That's the advice I give. The best advice I got was from my mom who said I should try and get twilight sleep during delivery ... they don't do that anymore. That's how I was delivered."
How do you encourage your kids to live their dreams?
"With my kids so far it seems to be about holding them back. They see this kind of exciting life. It turns out that when Alice, who has had a cameo on "30 Rock," found out about best actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, she immediately thought of the implications for herself. My daughter lost her mind on Oscar night when we were watching. She was like, 'There's a 9-year-old?! There's a 9-year-old?! I was like let it go. Step away. I made her write up a poll for everyone who came to our Oscar party [to vote on] should Alice be allowed to be in movies? And I was the only person who said no. She says, 'See!' I said unfortunately for you, I'm the only vote that counts."