Liz Lemon probably would have had the perfect awkward anecdote to soothe Tina Fey while she was agonizing over whether to have a second child. But Fey had a pretty good one, herself.
The 30 Rock star recounts breaking down in her gynecologist’s office over her indecision in her new memoir, Bossypants.
I went for my annual checkup and, tired of carrying this anxiety around, burst into tears the moment she said hello, writes Fey. I laid it all out for her, and the main thing I took away from our conversation was the kind of simple observation that only an impartial third party can provide: ˜Either way, everything will be fine.’
The gyno’s words of wisdom must have worked: Fey revealed that she is five months pregnant Wednesday on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was later confirmed by her rep. The interview is set to air on April 12.
The Emmy-winning comedian and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, already have a five-year-old daughter, Alice.
Fey also talks about the challenges of balancing a successful career, a growing family and a ticking biological clock in her memoir.
Science shows that fertility and movie offers drop off steeply for women after 40, writes Fey, who is entering her 40s.
But she can’t decide: What’s so great about work anyway? Work won’t visit you when you’re old. Work won’t drive you to get a mammogram and take you out after for soup.
(Perhaps the new baby is the second down payment on an obliging mammogram chauffeur?)
Her first child didn’t make it any easier. Probably the only child in her class without a sibling, she consistently reminded Fey: I wish I had a baby sister.