Tina Fey takes on film world

Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:08am EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - She is known as the political and media-savvy comic from "Saturday Night Live," the sketch comedy show that helped her launch her own award-winning "30 Rock."

Now Tina Fey hopes to parlay that television success to the international big screen in her first major film role in "Baby Mama," a humorous look at a single woman who pays a surrogate mother to give birth to her baby. It opens Manhattan's Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday in its world premiere.

Fey, 37, has become a female comic sensation after winning Emmy and Golden Globe awards. She became the first female head writer on "Saturday Night Live," wrote the screenplay and co-starred in the 2004 hit movie "Mean Girls," and is credited as creator, star and executive producer of "30 Rock."

But she said she is not banking on the same buzz for her film, nor does she know whether her current success will last.

"Things are going well right now, but I am pragmatic and I am always like, 'Now I need to be ready for a long silence,"' she told Reuters in a recent interview. "The hard work part will hopefully continue. You can't be the new kid on the block forever."

The former self-confessed high school "nerd" who grew up watching entertainers like Mary Tyler Moore and Benny Hill said she was careful to not let popularity affect her ego.

"You would be foolish to think, 'Oh everyone has really discovered that I am truly, truly wonderful,"' said Fey, who honed her comic skills in the early 1990s at Chicago's famed improvisational comedy troupe The Second City. "You can enjoy it without getting too high on your own supply, as they say."

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<p>Tina Fey poses for a portrait during a media day promoting the film "Baby Mama" in New York April 14, 2008. The film will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>