Jane Krakowski dishes on her favorite '30 Rock' moments and why she won't sing on 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Jane Krakowski 'Was Surprised' Fans Likened Jacqueline To '30 Rock's' Jenna

By: Chelsea Huang

Since Jane Krakowski took on the role of pampered Jacqueline Voorhees on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," comparisons to her previous narcissistic character, Jenna Maroney on "30 Rock," started to crop up.

While Krakowski admits that both characters are "quite extreme in their character qualities" and come from a "similar writing voice," she approaches the pair very differently.

"I think Jenna was such a sociopathic entity really that she believed everything in herself. Jenna was such an amazing character to play in the sense that she didn't know right from wrong, so there was so much joy in that farcical land that they created for the show," she told AOL in an exclusive interview. "But I feel like Jacqueline is actually trying to learn from others. I actually appreciate that they're trying to make a better human being out of Jacqueline as the seasons go on."

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One glaring difference between Jacqueline and Jenna is that Jacqueline doesn't sing. While Jenna was known to break out in unsolicited song on "30 Rock," most musical numbers have been given to "Unbreakable" co-star Titus Burgess.

"Unfortunately, they have decided that Jacqueline cannot sing and is tonally deaf. Maybe that might change as seasons go on and on, but that was one of the fine line differences they wanted to make between Jenna and Jacqueline. And my sweet Titus is getting all the great musical moments," Krakowski said.

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Jane Krakowski dishes on her favorite '30 Rock' moments and why she won't sing on 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Honorary Good Humor Woman Jane Krakowski kicks off the Good Humor 'Welcome to Joyhood' tour at Union Square on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Good Humor)
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW -- Pictured: Jane Krakowski as Rebecca 'T.R.' Kendall -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jane Krakowski and Jon Cryer during 'Life Father, Like Son' New York City Premiere in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Promotional portrait of the cast of the television series, 'Ally McBeal,' c. 1998. Top (L-R): Vonda Shepard, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Gil Bellows, Jane Krakowski, Greg Germann, Portia de Rossi, Peter MacNicol and Lucy Liu. Sitting: Calista Flockhart (L) and Lisa Nicole Carson. (Photo by Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images)
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367880 Jane Krakowski As Betty O' Shale (Photo By Getty Images)
Lucy Liu, Anne Heche and Jane Krakowski during The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Bound' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Jane Krakowski as Emma Spevak, Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson (Photo by Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jane Krakowski during 'Guys and Dolls' West End Production - Photocall at The Century Theatre in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Kevin Spacey and Jane Krakowski, presenters (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage for PMK / HBH)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 6: Actors Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer participate in a panel discussion during An Evening With '30 Rock' at the Puck Building on December 6, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images)
30 ROCK -- 'Cougars' Episode 206 -- Air Date 11/29/2007 -- Pictured: Judah Friedlander as Frank Rossitano, Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney -- Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBCU Photo Bank
30 ROCK -- 'Part 1: Hogcock! Part 2: Last Lunch' Episode 712/713 -- Pictured: Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney -- (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
30 ROCK -- 'Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish' Episode 509 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Forte as Paul, Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney (Photo by Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski filming Netflix's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' on October 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Anna Camp and Jane Krakowski are seen on the set of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' on September 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: Actress Jane Krakowski speaks onstage during the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' panel discussion at the Netflix portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Actresses Jane Krakowski (L) and Tina Fey arrive at Netflix's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' For Your Consideration Q&A screening event at Pacific Design Center on June 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
30 ROCK -- 'My Whole Life is Thunder' Episode 708 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney -- (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

For some fans, it may feel like a waste for the 47-year-old actress, who has a Tony Award to her name. Some of Jenna Maroney's finest moments were in her theatrical performances in fictional productions "Mystic Pizza" and "Rural Juror."

It's no surprise that it's easy for the cast of such a long-running show to get nostalgic. Reflecting on her time on "30 Rock," Krakowski said her greatest joys on the show were when they were picked up for season after season.

"Every season, we weren't sure if we were coming back to make more and because it was such a great chemistry between all the characters, and we loved doing it so much," she said. "I remember every year when we got the pick-up was one of those great moments of 'Thank goodness we get to make another season.' I don't think there was a day where all of us didnt appreciate that we got another season to make the show beacuse we all loved our each individual characters so much."

Even though she got to display her vocal chops more on "30 Rock," Krakowski has been able to keep her vocal chords warm while working on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," too, albeit not on the show. Thanks to Netflix's more flexible shooting schedule, the actress has made her big return to stage after 13 years -- and she's also nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Broadway's "She Loves Me."

"When you're on network, that's your main job, and I hadn't been back on Broadway for many years because I was luckily healthily employed on network television for many, many years," she said. "But there is a great joy for me to go back and forth between the two. Theater is such a physical entity, whereas television is much more close up, so its fun for me to fully physically embody the characters in a Broadway show."

For someone who brings so much joy to audiences both at home and live in theater, it seems natural that the actress is kicking off summer on Good Humor's "Welcome to Joyhood Tour." Krakowski, who has always been keen on the strawberry shortcake bar, actually surprised passersby in NYC's Union Square last week and gave out free ice cream and goodies as an "Honorary Good Humor Woman."

"My fondest memories as a child are hearing the Good Humor Man come around and ring the bell and being so excited, so I was thrilled when they asked me to kick this off," she said.

Of course, her son is totally stoked about mom's big-time connection to the ice cream company.

"Since spring has happened, we have this tradition of stopping by the ice cream truck every Friday after school on the walk home from school in the park. I think it's my joy I'm trying to pass on as a tradition to him."

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