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Oprah Talks to Tina Fey

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Oprah: Sarah Palin was introduced to the world on August 29. How soon afterward did you get the call from Lorne Michaels?

Tina: Lorne played it cool, as he always does, and waited until the week of the first show. He called and said, “Think about if you want to impersonate her.” I was like, “I’ll do a joke about her. I’ll do a sketch where I’m myself. I’ll do anything except impersonate her!”

Oprah: Why didn’t you want to impersonate her?

Tina: Because even when I was at SNL, I didn’t do impersonations. I always wanted to be the kind of person who could do them—I always thought they were the coolest thing on the show—but I didn’t have any experience.

Oprah: How did Lorne coax you?

Tina: Lorne is very—what’s a word besides “sneaky”? He’s very laid-back, but then he slowly corners you. He said that even his doorman had mentioned how much I look like Sarah Palin.

Oprah: Sometimes, looking at pictures from the campaign, I had to look twice—was that really her, or was it you? So, when you were finally there onstage impersonating her, were you scared?

Tina: No. I just kept thinking, “I don’t work here anymore, so if this ends up being lousy, I told you guys I don’t do this.” I also felt safe doing it with Amy [Amy Poehler played both Hillary Clinton and Katie Couric in the SNL sketches]. I wouldn’t have enjoyed doing it alone, because I never did anything alone on SNL.

Oprah: When I’m on TV, I can sometimes feel when a moment transcends the studio and is transported into people’s living rooms. Did you feel that energy? All those people watching and thinking, “Yeah, she’s doing it!”

Tina: I joked that I should have opened the show with, “Live from New York…are you happy now?” But yes, I did feel that energy in the first show. I always try to focus on the live audience, though, because if I think about the fact that the show really is going out into the world, then I do start to get nervous.

Oprah: Other than a sense of humor, what do you need to take to comedy?

Tina: A willingness to drop your ego and let yourself look foolish. You almost have to enjoy looking vulnerable. You’d be surprised how many people don’t want to do that.

Oprah: They don’t even know how! For so many great actors, it’s about being in control.

Tina: Exactly.

Oprah: 30 Rock wasn’t a big hit at first—even though it’s so well done. I know what it’s like to work on a project and love it—then when you put it out, the world doesn’t receive it the way you intended. That’s what happened to me with the movie Beloved.

Tina: In the beginning, I would just cling to any good review we received. And the fact that when it was over, I’d at least have the DVDs.

Oprah: When you got an Emmy in 2007, I laughed when you said, “I’d like to thank our dozens and dozens of viewers.”

Tina: Our ratings were scary!

Oprah: Did your show survive only because it received such critical acclaim?

Tina: Yes—any other show would have been gone. Of course, we debuted at a time when NBC didn’t have much else happening. If Friends or Frasier were still on the air, forget it.

Oprah: Last year 30 Rock received 17 Emmy nominations. Did y’all go nuts when the nominations were announced?

Tina: We were working that day, but we did have a little champagne. Then somebody pointed out that The Larry Sanders Show had once gotten 16 nominations but won nothing. I was like, “Okay, I’ll get ready to win nothing.”

Oprah: How many did you win?

Tina: Seven.

Oprah: And what does it mean to win?

Tina: The first year, it made us feel like a real TV show. Before the Emmys, I had done a lot of downplaying: “It’s just a bunch of people who paid 200 bucks to start a club and give themselves prizes.” But after we won, I was like, “It’s the greatest thing ever—extremely prestigious.”

Oprah: Just like that, it became an honor!

Tina: Exactly! Actually, it’s rewarding for everybody who works so hard on the show.

Oprah: What’s your process for creating a script?

Tina: Once we have a preliminary draft, we do a reading. Then I’ll have a couple of writers over to my home. We plug the computer into the TV, put the script onscreen, and work on it together. We try to include three story lines in every episode. When I go back and watch the first season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, I’m like, “My God, there’s just one story!”

Oprah: That American Express ad where you’re hiding under the table with total chaos around you—is that real?

Tina: My life is not quite that crazy, but it’s close. It’s a weird mix: I have this job that I love, but I’m also like, “When can I go home?” In a way, that’s good, because otherwise, I’d never go home. I would just kill myself doing this show. And even so, the moment we put Alice to bed, Jeff and I go back to work. Sometimes I call a moratorium on talking about work at home, but mostly, we talk about it nonstop.

Oprah: What’s it like to work with your husband?

Tina: We’re not literally together all day. That would make anybody crazy. But it’s a good situation because we work toward the same goal. Although maybe I’m the one saying it works because I’m the boss! You should ask him. Last year he did have an issue with a particular story for the show. He was like, “Listen, I’m going to tell you something because nobody tells you no—I don’t like this.”

Oprah: You’ve reached that point where nobody tells you no?

Tina: At some point, you realize that people might be laughing at your jokes because they’re afraid not to laugh. That’s why I still have Lorne as a partner on 30 Rock. He’ll tell me if he doesn’t like something.

Oprah: Do you feel like the big star that everybody says you are?

Tina: Not exactly. One day last week when I was writing, I was in my sweatpants, exhausted, and I realized I’d just eaten six Kit Kats in 10 minutes.

Oprah: Kit Kats are your drug of choice?

Tina: Actually, it’s usually doughnuts. When I have a day when my hair is dirty and I’m tired, my friend Kay sings this little song she made up [Tina sings]: “TV star, livin’ the life, just like Jennifer Aniston!” My life is not at all like Jennifer’s. I never walk the dogs on the beach. I’m never in St. Bart’s. I’m never on a yacht.

Oprah: There are never photographs of you smooching with Jeff?

Tina: Noooo! [Laughing.] We have a good life—we just don’t have a famous person’s life.

Oprah: Do you want that life?

Tina: It’s great to have people be nicer to me than they would be if I weren’t famous. But the new level of fame that came from the Palin thing makes me anxious. I don’t love it that people recognize me all the time.

Oprah: You’ve been given the talent of great humor. How do you want to continue using it as the best expression of who you are?

Tina: I want to keep creating comedy that is, as my old improv teacher would say, at the top of our intelligence or higher. It’s easy to fall into the trap of just cranking out things that are good enough to sell.

Oprah: How do you choose the work that’s most important to you? By now, I could have had a food line, a furniture line, and a perfume line.

Tina: I choose one project at a time. I’m like, “If I saw this on my shelf a year from now, would I think it was good—or would I think it’s b.s.?” People have asked me to put my name on other shows, but I won’t do it. The only hallmark I have for what I do is that I’ve worked hard on it. I can’t lend my name to something I didn’t work on.

Oprah: Has somebody asked you to do the Tina Fey doll yet?

Tina: No!

Oprah: It’s coming. But I’ve always believed that if you say yes to everything that comes along, people won’t believe you when you really do have something meaningful to say. Final question: What do you know for sure?

Tina: I know for sure that you can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at. I know for sure that a hard-boiled egg is two points on Weight Watchers. I know for sure that my kid needs my husband and me to be with her more. And I know for sure that I can’t get comfortable with all the attention I’ve been getting because it won’t last forever. It’s just a moment—and there will be other moments when people don’t care what I’m doing.

Oprah: This was fun—thank you for spending a rainy Saturday afternoon with me.

Tina: Thanks for stopping by!

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Top 10 Quotes From Elon Musk’s Genius

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Regardless of whether we’re discussing on the web instalments, science, innovation or space travel, the name Elon Musk should fly up in your psyche.

Alluded to as the Nikola Tesla of our age, Elon Musk is a business person, business head honcho, speculator, designer, and innovator. This person unquestionably knows his way with cash. He turned into a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his first new business, Zip2.

The founder of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX trusts in humankind and needs to change the world, and this isn’t merely pie in the sky considering. The man is really taking a shot at lessening an unnatural weather change and building up a human settlement on Mars to forestall human elimination. What more verification do you have to trust that all that you decided is conceivable?

Here are 11 Elon Musk quotes to influence you to begin taking a shot at your fantasies, regardless of how unimaginable they may appear to be at present.

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.

Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.

I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.

If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

I take the position that I’m always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.

People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.

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Top 5 Things We Picked From Cristiano Ronaldo’s Interview

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Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his life in his most cosy meeting to date with The Players’ Tribune.

The Real Madrid forward talks about everything from his first football memory, to his most significant minute in the game, and each inclination he had in the middle.

He additionally discusses his family, the two his folks who helped him achieve the highest point of the diversion, and his child, who helped him value the most important things throughout everyday life.

Underneath we have select five intriguing applies from the long meeting – 5 things you’ll certainly be intrigued to find out about the Portuguese.

Ronaldo played football on the roads… among cars.

Each adolescent has a type of memory of playing on concrete, regardless of whether it’s merely booting a ball against a check.

In any case, as indicated by future four-time Ballon d’Or champ Ronaldo, he used to play in the street, while autos were driving past. Thank the ruler there were no mishaps, eh?

He wasn’t prepared to leave home and battled at Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo appears to be the most satisfied person on the planet, yet at 11 years old he didn’t feel prepared to leave home for the Portuguese capital.

As per the man himself he battled at the Sporting Lisbon institute and was exceptionally achy to visit the family, just observing his folks once like clockwork. Luckily he stuck it out, and things showed signs of improvement.

He understood he was unique at the Academy.

It likely didn’t come as a lot of disclosure, considering the reality he would go ahead to end up the best player on the planet. However, Ronaldo can pinpoint the minute he knew he was extraordinary.

He’d show signs of improvement of his partners in preparing and was regularly lauded for his capacity. So, he conceded he was worried about being too little.

Turning into a father at Real Madrid made his chance at club additional exceptional.

It must be truly unique to advance out onto the pitch wearing the all-white Real Madrid strip and having the capacity to tell the world you’re a Los Blancos player.

Be that as it may, as indicated by Ronaldo, this has all been made additional unique by the reality he fathered his child while at the club, which he concedes changed his point of view.

Holding hands and strolling with child is his most memorable moment

Strolling as an inseparable unit with his child in Cardiff is his most loved memory.

All through the meeting, Ronaldo talks gladly about every one of the trophies he has won in his profession, however, concedes they implied more to him when he was more youthful.

Today he views his most loving memory as strolling around the pitch at Cardiff clasping hands with his young child after winning the Champions League. Favour.

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DAVID BAILEY SAYS: “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CROSS THE ROAD?”

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Mr. Bailey, would you swear in front of the Queen?

No, if you’re going to accept the Queen you have to accept the tradition. You know, I’ve got nothing against the monarchy. I think there are too many hangers-on, but that’s also a cliché thing to say. I doubt she’d be too shocked. She’s been around; she’s not stupid.

You recently took the official photo for her 88th birthday.

Yes and I think she looks incredible for 88. I had never photographed her before.

Why not?

I wouldn’t photograph anybody if they only give you five minutes. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if God phoned me up and said, “I want a picture, I’ve only got five minutes.” I’d say, “Well, work some of your magic and make it longer!” Even though I’m actually quicker than most and I usually get bored before they get bored.

What kind of people are the most difficult to photograph?

Lots of politicians are so full of themselves. Sports people too a bit. But actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie. But the fewer people they come with, the more interesting they usually are. Johnny Depp came with nobody so I knew it was going to be all right. Jack Nicholson never came with anybody, but Jack’s different because I’ve known him for so long.

You once said Jack Nicholson is the smartest actor because he knows something nobody else does. What is it that he knows?

I don’t fucking know. If I knew, I’d be as smart as him. (Laughs)

One of the things that fascinated me when I met him was his grin and the sparkle in his eye when he talked about women.

Yeah, with Viagra. He’s the first person that told me about Viagra.

When was that?

Oh, years ago. Before everyone knew about it! (Laughs)

“Actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie.”

When you know someone very well like you do Jack Nicholson is it easier to take a great portrait of them?

It depends. It’s one of those abstract things. We had a difficult bloke this week, what was he called? Van Morris or somebody… He was so grumpy. But I loved him being grumpy because I could use his grumpiness. I got a great grumpy picture out of him. If I see another picture of a rock ‘n’ roller against some graffiti… It drives you mad, the same old picture! Can’t they ever think of something different to do? So I don’t mind people that are difficult. I quite like that. It amuses me because there is always a way around it. I mean, no one could be more difficult than Van whatever he’s called, Van Morrison.

It seems pointless to have your picture taken if you’re not going to cooperate though.

Well he left really happy, Van Morrison. But it is kind of pointless to come here if you’re not going to help me. They might not like the picture, but one day they will. One day that’s what they’re going to look like – whether they look like that or not. Medici said to Michelangelo, “That sculpture doesn’t look like me.” Michelangelo said, “Listen, you’ll be dead in 20 years, but this will be around for 2,000 years. So, that’s what you look like!” You could say that a bit with photography.

Does it often happen that people aren’t happy with their portrait, but then years later change their mind?

Yeah. 10 years later usually. We had one recently, I won’t mention his name, I shot him 30 years ago and he said, “I hate the picture.” But his wife bought one for him as a birthday present recently. (Laughs) 30 years later and come get the picture.

Are celebrities more difficult nowadays than they were 30 or 40 years ago?

Well, I avoid celebrities. I’m not really interested in people that come with PR. That’s probably why I can’t work in America, because I don’t take all that bullshit. I don’t know how people like Bruce Weber manage, because it would drive me mad. All these silly people who don’t know anything that come with celebrities and try to tell you what to do. It’s madness! They brought it on themselves, the magazines. They should have been stricter. They should have said, “No, we’re not showing you. We’re doing the interview and that’s that.” But instead they pander to them and in the end they end up owning you. Those magazines are owned by the celebrities, really.

You don’t strike me as the type to pander to anyone.

I never really read what people write about me, but the comments people made when doing this exhibition recently at the National Portrait Gallery are so stupid. “Oh, Bailey panders to these people.” I don’t pander to anybody. I just do the picture I do. I don’t care who it is. And I won’t do pictures if people want approval. It has always seemed stupid to me that they ask you to do something and then want to sort of tell you how to do it. What madness!

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