Jeff Richmond, husband of 30 Rock star Tina Fey, reveals the source of her facial scar in the new Vanity Fair, explaining that she was slashed by a stranger when she was five. “It was in, like, the front yard of her house, and somebody who just came up, and she just thought somebody marked her with a pen.”
Says Fey, who has been mostly silent on the subject, “It’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it…I proceeded unaware of it. I was a very confident little kid. It’s really almost like I’m kind of able to forget about it, until I was on-camera, and it became a thing of ‘Oh, I guess we should use this side’ or whatever. Everybody’s got a better side.”
And she’s got a pretty great one. Despite these sad details, much of the profile consists of men (and women) drooling over her metamorphisis into a smarter brand of sex icon. Alec Baldwin, naturally, takes credit for much of his co-star’s evolution.
I’d say to her, ‘You know, you’re a really beautiful girl. You’ve got to play that. It’s a visual medium. This is not Upright Citizens Brigade, where we’re doing sketch comedy at nine o’clock at night on a Sunday for a bunch of drunken college graduate students. You are a very attractive woman and you’ve got to work that. You’ve got to pop one more button on that blouse and you’ve got to get that hair done and you’ve got to go! Glamour it up.’
…Tina’s a beautiful girl. We needed to get the pillows fluffed on the sofa and we needed to get the drapes steamed, and we needed to get everything all nice and get the presentation just right. Tina always played the cute, nerdy girl. Tina on the news, the glasses. There was not a big glamour quotient for her. Now there is.
Come on, Alec. She starred in a high school production of Cabaret—this isn’t the first time she’s dolled up. Check out the gallery for a taste of that Baldwin-approved glamour.
[Photos: WireImage/Vanity Fair]