That is supposed to sound like an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode title…
Now that the show is live, I can write about it without fearing Tiny Fey is gonna kick my ass (although that would be kinda cool).
these social media-frenzied days, we have to sign massive NDAs, which I totally understand. Nobody should ruin a show for the viewers. So, spoiler alert if you haven’t seen episode #213 “Kimmy Finds Her Mom!” Of course, the title gives away the main spoiler…
Anyway… I was totally psyched to see this show because, unlike with most of my background appearances, I was actually in a lot of scenes. I was chosen (by Tina personally, I understand), to be the sole female “coaster head.” The coaster heads were a group that Lisa Kudrow’s character hung out with. So I worked on a number of scenes with Kudrow and Ellie Kemper. And I must say, it was one of my favorite gigs. Everyone (my fellow coaster heads, the crew and the leads) was super nice. You’re probably saying “of course they were,” but that’s not always the case, believe me. But these guys rocked.
When I say I was in a lot of scenes, that doesn’t mean you end up seeing me a lot when the show comes out. Of course, this is always the case in acting and I’m totally ready to find myself kissing the cutting room floor (or the recycle bin on some dude’s Final Cut desktop). However, this time I was pretty confident I’d be visible. I was in four or five scenes, including sitting at a little table with Kemper, Kudrow, and three fellow coaster heads. My time on camera goes by very fast. I put up some screen caps to give you an idea of where I am.
I’m not complaining, because I got to talk to Kemper and Kudrow and more importantly, I could see how they worked (which is why I started doing this acting business to begin with – to watch what’s going on behind the scenes). I also had two RED cameras almost sitting on my shoulders for a couple hours (my production geek self was happy for that).
I’m also in the scene where you first see the coaster heads, except that I am sitting down and can be seen only briefly when I stand up to chant “Lori Ann.”
In the last scene, where Kudrow is talking to Kemper, I can be seen behind her with the coaster heads. This is where I found proof that the camera does, in fact, add 5,412 pounds. On me, that is. Kudrow and Kemper are actually the stick figures they appear to be on camera.
Tina Fey was on set, but I didn’t meet her. She was standing next to me for a while, but I didn’t say anything to her. She was there as a producer, so I didn’t want to bother her. And what am I going to say anyway, something moronic about being a fan? I had already said “how YOU doin’” to Lisa Kudrow for chrissakes. So I kept my mouth shut. Plus, it was REALLY cold, despite it looking like a sunny summer day. I was mostly interested in how quickly the wardrobe people got my jacket to me between takes.
A bunch of tourists took my picture, which I thought was funny since I’m not famous. That always makes me super glad I’m NOT famous, otherwise there would probably be a bunch of pictures of me online with crap stuck in my teeth or picking my nose.