Last week’s 30 Rock had Tina Fey‘s ‘Liz Lemon’ hiring writer ‘Abby Flynn’ because people were thinking that “TGS With Tracey Jordan,” hated women. The actress playing Abby, Cristin Milioti, made a huge splash in that eposide.
She got so much attention for her role, Entertainment Weekly chatted with her. She talked about how she got the part, what the audition process was like and what she was doing before the show.
Milioti says she auditioned for the role and was very excited when she was asked to return for a callback. What she did not expect to find was Tina Fey waiting for her. ” They didn’t tell me Tina Fey was going to be in the callback, so I walked in and couldn’t speak. I cried afterward because I thought I had totally blown it. But she’s the nicest woman alive. She was like, “Hi, how are you? I’m Tina.” And I’m like “Uhh.” Then I read with the casting director and she said, “That was great. Have a great day.” And I said, “Uhh.” The next day Milioti found herself on the set of one of her favorite shows.
Milioti realizes just how lucky she has been since leaving NYU to pursue her acting career full time. “I do a lot of theater in New York, and I am in Year of the Carnivore, a film that opened the Toronto Film Festival last year. I did a small indie film that’s supposed to come out later this year, I Am Ben, and I just did the Nurse Jackie finale, and an episode of The Good Wife early in the season.”
Milioti has no regrets about the decision to leave NYU. ” I went to [NYU’s] Tisch for a year then I dropped out, because I did not like it. An agent had seen me in a show and sent me on an audition for The Sopranos, I booked it. It was really lucky right out of the gate. Then I booked my first Broadway show a month later – The Lieutenant of Inishmore. It was very, very lucky. I was at the right place at the right time.”
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