Tina Fey Wants Journalists to Stop Asking if Women Are Funny
Here’s what the 45-year-old Whiskey Tango Foxtrot actress had to share with the mag:
On aging in Hollywood: “The greatest challenge for me as an actress is just getting older. Trying to play the scene at hand while also trying to hold your face up. Fast-forward to being 68, and it’s a glorious act of bravery… There were people on the Globes in their twenties who were so Botoxed. In their twenties! We’ve been so conditioned now to never see a real human face, one that moves, with its original teeth. Sometimes we forget that there is a choice. I choose not to do this. It’s like wearing multiple pairs of Spanx: Good for you, not for me. Not mandatory.”
On Hollywood’s continued perception that women aren’t funny: “Amy [Poehler] and I just did two months of press for Sisters and journalists were still bringing up, ‘People say women aren’t funny.’ The next time I’m at a press junket and someone says that, I have to remember to say, ‘We need to stop talking about whether women are funny. And we need to acknowledge that black people are funnier than white people. Let’s discuss that.”
On spoofing Sarah Palin and the presidential election on SNL: “On that kind of show, you have to stay neutral now. In hindsight [the 2008 presidential election] seems genteel in comparison. [The race is] funny until it isn’t. It’s gotten kind of ugly. [A longtime Independent, she is underwhelmed by the candidates.] I hate them all.”
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