In fact, when the 58-year-old actor met the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt creator for the first time, he “fell in love”!
In an adaption from his upcoming memoir Nevertheless, Baldwin recounts:
“When I first met Tina Fey ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ beautiful and brunette, smart and funny, by turns smug and diffident and completely uninterested in me or anything I had to say ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I had the same reaction that I’m sure many men and women have: I fell in love.”
At the time, Fey was the head writer at SNL and Baldwin was set to host that week’s show.
The writers and producers congregated in Lorne Michaels‘ office when Baldwin turned to talent coordinator Marci Klein to ask if Fey was single. He wrote:
“[Marci] pointed to a man sitting along the wall. Or maybe he was standing? This was Jeff Richmond, Tina’s husband. Jeff is diminutive. Tina describes him as ├óΓé¼╦£travel-size.'”
While Baldwin’s first impressions of Richmond, Fey’s music producer and composer husband, were less than flattering, he soon developed much respect for the Emmy-winner working on 30 Rock.
“When I saw him, I thought, What’s she doing with him?’ With his spools of curly brown hair and oversize eyes, Jeff resembles a Margaret Keane painting. When I ended up working with the two of them years later, on 30 Rock, of which Tina was writer, producer and star, I changed that to ├óΓé¼╦£What’s he doing with her?’ Jeff, who was the talented composer and music supervisor on 30 Rock, is as loose and outgoing as Tina is cautious and dry.”
Donald Trump‘s impersonator went on to praise his former costar for her work on the acclaimed NBC comedy, which ran for seven seasons. He gushed:
“The roles of writer, producer and star are a lot to handle. Over the life of the show, she was honored for all of them. But Tina will tell you she is a writer at heart. Beyond dressing up for red carpets, hosting awards shows, or starring in films, Tina, I believe, is most comfortable in a room full of clever people doing what she does so well.”
Baldwin admits that after five seasons of 30 Rock, he wanted to quit — but after agreeing to come back, he had a great time and was “ready to sign for five more years.”
He said of the show’s final shortened season:
“A wise decision was made to shoot a tight 13 episodes and go out head high. As we shot the series finale, on a December night in Lower Manhattan, my building rush of nostalgia for the show hit its peak. Freezing my ass off on a boat floating in a marina in Battery Park City, Jack groped his way toward telling Liz he loved her… That night was tough. The best job I ever had, that I will ever have, was over.”
At least we still have re-runs! Baldwin’s tell-all Nevertheless: A Memoir hits stands April 4.
Until then, we’ll leave you with this Liz Lemon piece of wisdom:
[Image via NBC.]