In this installment of “22 Minutes,” 1010 WINS anchor Brigitte Quinn sits down with Oscar-nominated and two-time Emmy winner Carol Kane.
BQ: I could talk about your show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” for this whole interview, got seven Emmy nominations for the first season. Amazing! How did you come to be on the show?
CK: There was no character of Lilian in the pilot episode and the first season I was not a regular, although I ended up being in nine out of 13 episodes. They considered me a guest star. I think we became sort of a close-knit team over the course of the first season, and now second season I am a regular. It was one of those insanely wonderful opportunities.
BQ: It’s a zany comedy, yet it’s dark. How do you guys pull that off?
CK: It’s just the writing being so great. The style I think we’re not winking at the audience, so the darker moments are left alone as serious and the writing is so hysterically funny around that.
BQ: Does being on Netflix change the series? The first season was actually shot to be an NBC series?
CK: As you can see the first season is very risque and I don’t feel that being on Netflix has changed the language or anything. The best thing about it is that we get a little more time. It doesn’t have to fit into the commercial slot. We get a little more breathing time to get in a few more jokes, things like that.
BQ: She’s such a great character. Did you draw inspiration from anyone?
CK: I think I’ve met lots of people in the street or supermarket that I draw different aspects from. I think that was Tina Fey’s idea that she would represent a certain New York woman that was not wealthy, just sort of scrapping by.
About Carol Kane:
Carol Kane is an American stage, screen and television actress but known for her role in films like Hester Street and Annie Hall. She is currently on the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
About Brigitte Quinn:
Brigitte anchors mornings at 1010 WINS radio and has worked in broadcasting for more than thirty years. She was a TV anchor at the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS from Cornell University. Her first novel, “Anchored” was published in 2015.