Jane Krakowski Emmy Nomination

Kimmy Schmidt's Jane Krakowski Celebrates Emmy Nod, Teases 'Fun' Season 2 Storyline With Carol Kane

While Jane Krakowski is “over the moon” after scoring a Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for her role as Jacqueline Voorhees in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she knows there’s one person who won’t be sending her a congratulatory bouquet of dogs.

“Where is Mimi Kanasis?” she asks TVLine of her character’s arch frenemy (played by Amy Sedaris), before dreaming up this perfect headline: “Mimi Kanasis Found Dead from Shock on Jacqueline Voorhees’ Marble Kitchen Countertop.”

“Honestly, we have such an incredible cast and crew,” she adds. “The fact that the show also got a Best Comedy nomination [and a Supporting Actor nomination for Tituss Burgess] is just the greatest. I can’t wait to high-five everyone when I see them all.”

Below, Krakowski reflects on Kimmy Schmidt‘s first season — including one of the hardest scenes she’s ever had to get through — and looks ahead at what the future holds for Jacqueline.

TVLINE | Some critics were quick to draw comparisons between Jacqueline and [your 30 Rock character] Jenna. Do you feel like this nomination validates how wrong they were?
I understand the natural association people made because of Tina [Fey] and [Robert] Carlock and myself all working together again, but I’ve always come at these two characters so differently. They are such different characters. Initially, when only a few episodes were released, I think I understood it, but once people saw the whole season, it became much more clearly defined.

TVLINE | Jacqueline had so many scene-stealing moments in the first season. I’m sure it’s hard to choose, but do you have a favorite?
Some of my favorite moments were filming as myself in those flashbacks. I remember the day we saw the script; it said “Jacqueline at age 14, played by Jane.” I was like, “Yes! Only Tina Fey would let me play myself at 14.” I loved working with Gil Birmingham and Sheri Foster, who play my parents. That whole storyline was an interesting, unexpected backstory for the character. It was a lovely way to wrap up that character in Season 1.

native-americanTVLINE | Speaking of Jacqueline’s Native-American backstory, were you surprised to see it stir up so much controversy?
I don’t think I was expecting it. I didn’t know what I thought the reaction was going to be, to be honest. When we were filming it, I knew it was something we didn’t see very often, that representation being shown. But I love that they gave the character such an A to Z journey, showing how hard she worked to change her whole life. Her bunker is her gilded cage, that Park Avenue lifestyle. It was such a worthwhile and lovely story to tell, absolutely.

TVLINE | While we’re talking about favorite scenes, were there any you had trouble getting through?
[Laughs] The hardest scene to film was with Ellie Kemper, where we both have the great pleasure of saying, “Your anus responds to the laser.” I think you can actually hear me laughing on Ellie’s coverage in every take.

TVLINE | When do you start filming Season 2?
Very soon! They’re writing now and we go back in August. I can’t wait to see everybody!

TVLINE | Is there anyone you didn’t get to work with in Season 1 that you hope to this time around?
There was no way for my character to have been there, but I would have loved to work with Tina [Fey] as Marcia Clark. That would have been a lovely, surreal moment for us to be in a scene together again. Maybe Jacqueline can hire that lawyer in the future; I’m sure she’ll have other legal dealings.

TVLINE | Personally, I’m hoping to see Jacqueline have more scenes with Lillian.
Oh, I was thrilled in the finale because I had never gotten to meet Carol Kane’s character. When they told me we were going to take a road trip together, I was so excited. I loved that they got to meet, and I do believe we’ll have more stuff together in Season 2; I think they’re writing a fun storyline for us, which I cannot wait for. I love her and I loved what we did together. I also hope I get to know Tituss’ character. We met briefly, burying a robot, but that was it. I hope our characters meet again.

Unbreakable fans, what were your favorite Jacqueline moments from Season 1? And what do you hope to see from her in Season 2? Drop a comment with all of your thoughts below.

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  1. Chris says:

    I need to finish this show. One the the funniest new shows I’ve seen in recent memory. I’m glad it’s on Netflix and doesn’t have to deal with the network ratings bar most shows have trouble staying over.

  2. Dean says:

    Its a pretty solid show its like Pipi Longstoking for adults.

  3. RD says:

    Sad for Ellie Kemper’s lack of Emmy nomination, NO ONE ELSE could be Kimmy and make us love her like we do. Her comic timing and expressive choices are just a master class in comedy.

  4. Stanislava says:

    Love the show and couldn’t be happier for the nomination for Best Comedy!Also ecstatic for Jane and Titus,but at the same time gutted for Ellie – like RD said,no one else could be Kimmy!

  5. Caleb Acosta says:

    Now I have to get out of here before I get airborne diabetes!