Tina Fey – Virgin Until Age 24August 20th, 2010 by WTM.org Community
Tina Fey has been described as “a sex symbol for men who can read without moving their lips”. She has led a life filled with ambition and good decisions, rising from a drama student and comedy writer to become one the most powerful and beloved women in Hollywood. When you learn about her character and her life, it’s little wonder that she’s done so well.
Tina is very tight-lipped about the fact that she held onto her virginity well into her 20’s. She is not your typical abstinence crusader (like, say, A.C. Green). When asked about her late virginity in interviews, Tina plays it off with jokes, claiming that she was simply too nerdy to attract a man before age 24. I don’t think that’s entirely the case. I think she just doesn’t want to make an issue about it (and I can back up my theory, see below).
In any case, Tina Fey has only had sex with one man, who is also her husband of ten years and the father of her children. She may not have waited all the way until marriage, but she certainly waited until she met the man she would later marry, and then she stuck with him through all her rising stardom.
Age 0: Born May 18, 1970 to parents Donald and Jeanne Fey in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Her dad is of German descent, looks like Clint Eastwood, and likes reading comedy books. Her mom is Greek and works at a brokerage firm. This combination instills in her a German work ethic and a Greek zaniness.
Age 5: While playing in the yard outside her house, a sociopathic stranger walks up and cuts her face open with a knife. She thinks he just marked her with a pen until the blood starts dripping. The permanent scar left by this incident becomes her most distinguishing physical feature.
Age 14: Begins High School
Age 16: Meets legendary musician Elivis Costello. Her family snaps a photo. (see the photo)
Age 17: Known for her ability to transform herself form nerdy ugly duckling to knock-out when required to do so. Slaps a boy for trying to get fresh with her on a first date.
Age 18: Graduates Upper Darby High School, with honors, and as a member of the tennis team, the drama club, the choir, and editor of the school newspaper. Starts freshmen year at University of Virginia (majoring in Drama)
Age 19: Plays Sally Bowels in production of Cabert at UVA
Age 22: Graduates from University of Virginia. Had plans to pursue graduate degree in drama at DePaul University in Chicago, but “just got this feeling like it wasn’t going to work out…that they were going to take my money and then cut me from the program”.
Age 23: Moves to Chicago anyway, having heard about the Improv Troupe The Second City. While taking night classes at Second City, works the front desk at the YMCA to pay for her classes. Dedicates herself fully to improv: “I was like one of those athletes trying to get into the Olympics. It was all about blind focus. I was so sure that I was doing exactly what I’d been put on this earth to do, and I would have done anything to make it onto that stage. I wanted to devote my life to improv. I would have been perfectly happy to stay at Second City forever.” She idealizes Saturday Night Live from afar “like most kids idealize Derek Jeeter”.
Age 24: Joins the cast of The Second City. Performs eight shows a week, and also has parts in serveral other comedic theater productions. Meets her husband, Jeff Richmond, who also works at The Second City. The spend an afternoon together as friends at the local Museum of Science and Industry, and “fell in love quickly”.
Age 25: As her first Television role, Tina stars in a commercial for Mutual Savings Bank.
Age 27: Submits several scripts to Saturday Night Live. SNL head writer Adam McKay is also a memeber of The Second City, and mentors her through acceptance into the SNL cast. The SNL staff likes her scripts, and Tina joins the cast of Saturday Night Live as a writer.
Age 28: Plays an extra in one of SNL’s sketches. After seeing herself on camera, she decides she wants be “pretty like a smart writer”, calls her boyfriend Jeff (who she’s been dating for 4 years now) and says “OK, I’m going on Weight Watchers”. Says later “I was already normal weight, but not for New York”.
Age 29: Loses 30 pounds, grows her hair out, and puts on some sexy librarian glasses. The management of SNL begins to consider putting Tina in front of the camera. For now though, they make her head writer.
Age 30: Steps out of the writing room and begins performing in SNL sketches as an actress, most notably as the head anchor on the mock-news “Weekend Update” segment. Critics (and former Weekend Update anchors like Dennis Miller) declare her funniest Weekend Update anchor ever. In her free time, she partners with Rachel Dratch and puts on a two-woman Off Broadway comedy show called Dratch & Fey.
Age 31: After seven years of dating, she and Jeff Richmond finally get married. Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of their Entertainers of the Year.
Age 32: Suggests an idea to NBC about a situational comedy centered around a cable news network. NBC rejects her suggestion. Number 80 on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 list.
Age 33: Reworks her TV show idea to center around the behind-the-scenes of an SNL-style comedy sketch show. NBC accepts the idea. She signs a contract to stay on with SNL as head writer through the 2004-2005 season before leaving to produce her TV show idea. Named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People.
Ages 34-35: Finishes out her final season Saturday Night Live. In the mean time, her new TV show is listed in NBC’s schedule as Untitled Tina Fey Project.
Age 36: Leaves Saturday Night Live. Creates the first pilot episode of her new show, which airs in October, with the title 30 Rock. Critics love it. NBC orders another season.
Age 37: 30 Rock is going strong in its second season. Great reviews but still not much viewership. 30 Rock wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Tina gets nominated for Best Actress. Again appears in People’s 100 Most Beautiful. New York Post votes her as one of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women (ranked at #33). Time magazine names her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Appears on Sesame Street.
Age 38: Wins Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. A staunch supporter of the Autism Speaks charity, she takes a role in Night of Too Many Stars, a comedy show to benefit autism. Again appears in People’s 100 Most Beautiful. Associated Press votes her has having the greatest impact on culture and entertainment.
Age 39: Again wins Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (is also nominated for an Emmy). Purchases a $3.4 million apartment in New York with Jeff. Again, People’s 100 Most Beautiful. Entertainment Weekly’s #5 top 15 Entertainers of the 2000s.
Age 40: Wins Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Lead Actress. Will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in November 2010. 30 Rock renewed again for a fifth season.
Age 41: Slated to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011
Tina Fey on strip clubs…
“I love to play strippers and to imitate them,” says Fey. “I love using that idea for comedy, but the idea of actually going there? I feel like we all need to be better than that. That industry needs to die, by all of us being a little bit better than that.”
Tina Fey on bad boys…
I don’t have that kind of “I love the bad guys” thing. No, no thank you. I like nice people.
Rip Torn on Tina Fey…
I was gazing admiringly at Fey one day, and she said “I’m married, you know. I love my husband and I have a child.”
My Theory: She waited deliberately
Tina Fey downplays her late virginity, implying that she remained a virgin so long only because she was a homely dork and never had the opportunity to have sex. But her history shows that neither of these implications are true.
First off, she was not nearly has homely in her younger years as she makes herself out to be. Although she rarely put effort into her appearance, many people who knew her back then claim that she would transform herself into “a total knockout” when she felt compelled to.
Second, she had opportunity, but she turned it down. One magazine interviewed a man who took Tina out on a date in high school. “I was kind of a player back then”, he says (again, players don’t typically date ugly chicks). Anyhow, at the beginning of the date he started to get “fresh” with her by going in for a french kiss. Tina pushed him off and slapped him.
Dorky, homely, “I’m just waiting for somebody to like me” girls (as Fey makes herself out to be) don’t do that. They don’t push the guy off and slap him. They let it happen because whatever whisper of self-esteem they have is quickly muffled by how much they need to feel pretty.
Tina Fey has all the symptoms of somebody who waited on purpose (drive, self respect, virtue). Plus there’s the fact that the only man she’s had sex with is her husband (and the father of her children), who she remains deeply in love with despite her rise to mega-celebrity status. In interviews, magazine writers often mention how close a bond you can feel between Tina and her husband.
It’s like her scar: Tina doesn’t talk about the scar on her face because “it’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it”. As in, she doesn’t want to make an issue out of it; she doesn’t want it to define her. My guess is that she’s the same way with her “waited on love for sex” thing. She doesn’t want to make an issue out of it; she doesn’t want to be defined by it. So she dismisses it with jokes.
David Letterman asks Tina Fey about her late virginity…
- The best of the lot: http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2009/01/tina_fey200901
- The thumbnail images: http://www.entertainmentwallpaper.com/download/60019157/