By: Chelsea Huang
Jane Krakowski has had the great fortune of playing two of comedies favorite narcissists: Jacqueline Voorhees and Jenna Maroney on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "30 Rock," respectively. But there is one drawback to playing such outrageous characters -- getting through particularly side-splitting lines that the genius writer's hatch in the writer's room.
"I remember one that was super hard to film was in season one about how my anus responded to the laser. At the end of the scene, somehow Ellie was able to to sincerely say, 'Jacqueline, your anus is really responding to the laser,' " Krakowski told AOL in an exclusive interview. "I also love when Jacqueline was told to follow her gut and she goes, 'I don't have a gut, you motherf***er!' "
One of the perks of being on both Tina Fey-produced series is being witness to the sneaky Easter eggs in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Krakowski's favorite callback to "30 Rock" was picked up relatively quickly by fans.
As her character, Jacqueline, picks up a prescription, a woman named LaDonica behind the counter says, "Bitch, I do not know your life," which is an exact line Jack McBrayer (Kenneth) had on "30 Rock." Krakoski says fans' keen eyes and ears don't go unnoticed.
"There's so much more that they catch than even I had seen initially. It's amazing how people do it because there are so many jokes in '30 Rock' and 'Kimmy' that go by so quickly or you catch on the second viewing," she said. "Like the 'Mutant Ninja Turtles' theme song and things that people noticed on a sign that becomes the topic of an article or a conversation. They're all very well intended and meant to be seen."
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It's due to these little nuances that there's very little improvisation on the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" set.
"It's surprisingly extremely scripted, and it was on '30 Rock', as well. The scripts are so well-crafted that you actually couldn't make it better by improvising, so we're better off doing everything verbatim as it is on the pages first."
But the magic of both shows, especially "30 Rock," wasn't just in the script. The incredible chemistry among the ensemble cast was unparalleled. Krakowski, who recently had a reunion with Judah Friedlander and Jack McBrayer for a Verizon spot, opened up about the "surreal" experience.
"We built the set, to the exact detail, and it was so fun to go back and revisit it -- but that chemistry between all of us came back immediately. They also had all the original background players come back and everyone who had worked on the camera crew, so it was nice to relive that chemistry for a day," she said.
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