After being honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for one of three guest appearances on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock as Colleen Donaghy, Elaine Stritch has certainly become the perfect foil to Alec Baldwin’s character Jack Donaghy. The 82-year-old actress was first introduced in the episode “Hiatus,” which aired on April 26, 2007 where she visited son Jack who ended up in the hospital. She then returned in last December’s “Ludachristmas” episode and was last seen gracing last night’s installment.
While Stritch enjoys playing the on-screen mother of Baldwin on 30 Rock, she admits to the difficulty in working with such a fine and handsome actor she’s obviously attracted to.
“I love playing Alec Baldwin’s mother. But I don’t want to go home with Alec Baldwin. But I have to admit that I don’t care how old I am, I am really attracted to Alec Baldwin… I mean socially or when we ad-lib on a stage together, I just right away take on a bossy kind of persona because it’s a way of not letting him know that he makes me nervous and I’m attracted to him,” Elaine Stritch told monstersandcritics.com.
Meanwhile, Stritch is also looking forward to working with lead star and show creator Tina Fey, whom she hasn’t had the chance to work some really good comedy with.
“Tina Fey is hard, I haven’t nailed her down yet. I hope I have a scene in the future that’d give Tina and me an opportunity to really play a scene, really play a good comedy scene together because I have tremendous admiration for her,” she said.
As for her return on 30 Rock, Elaine Stritch has no idea what the future holds. However, she does hope that her future episode with the NBC sitcom will include script with Nathan Lane.
“Because Nathan is my other son who makes me laugh. I mean all Nathan and I do is laugh offstage about the fact he’s playing my son but we’ve never had an opportunity to get to it. So I want a good script written about Alec and Nathan, and Tina and myself,” she added.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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