Tina Fey: “I’m a normal-looking person”

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On being the mean girl in school:

I was the mean girl. I admit it openly. That was a disease that had to be conquered. It’s another coping mechanism – it’s a bad coping mechanism – but when you feel less than (in high school everyone feels less than everyone else for different reasons), in your mind it’s a way of leveling the playing field. Though of course it’s not. Saying something terrible about someone else does not actually level the playing field. If I meet a girl of 14 or 15 today who is that kind of girl, I am secretly, in my body, afraid. Even though I’m 45.

On how she didn’t build her career on her looks:

For me it was about hitting age 13 and realizing “OK, I’m not going to glide by on looks. I’m a normal-looking person, but that’s not going to be where my bread is buttered.” The desire to be funny – because you are never actually quite sure if you really are funny – is also a coping mechanism, another way of ingratiating yourself. But when you’re 13 and trying to be funny around boys, you end up mocking them and it backfires. You terrify them.

… says Tina in The Edit.

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