[Before I was cast on Kimmy Schmidt], I actually had started accepting offers to teach at universities. I was on staff at Marymount Manhattan College, about to teach voice, and my manager called and said, "I think you should quit [and give acting] another go round."
Things were very slow, just to speak very candidly, but I'm a very specific type of a performer. I can do lots of different things, but … you have to put me in and then let me do it versus the inverse. And so, to have the great pleasure of waiting it out, I think my unbreakableness is about resilience and patience.
If you choose this kind of career, you have to be able to stand up to rejection and keep on going. [Laughs.] I mean, I'm acting like [acting is] the hardest job in the world. It's not the hardest job in the world, but you have to keep on going. … I didn't accept any jobs to teach because no one would want me to.
I have problems with my hip.
I came out here today. I wore two different shoes by accident. I didn't let that stop me from coming out here.
[She models her mismatched footwear for the room of reporters.]
I mean … we didn't give up on this idea. We believed in [Kimmy Schmidt], and we did have to shepherd it through a few groups of people who were very reasonably nervous about it. And, so, that. Yeah, let's count that.
There were two years between 30 Rock and Kimmy that I had to endure working with other people. [Laughs.] I thank you so much, [Tina,] for having me back. And I am thrilled to say that this is our ninth season of television together.
My hip hurts as well.
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Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will come to Netflix next spring.