Tina Fey Reveals How She Reacted to Her Daughter Getting ‘All the Wrong Takeaways’ From ‘Mean Girls’
Just because Tina Fey‘s character in Mean Girls dealt with, well, mean girls, doesn’t mean she plans to do the same in real life. The 49-year-old revealed that her 8-year-old daughter, Penelope, loves the 2004 film, and even role-plays it with friends. Naturally, this worried the SNL alum because according to her, the little one took “all the wrong takeaways” from the iconic movie. However, the comedian exclusively divulged to Life & Style how she successfully dealt with the situation. It turns out, it all has to do with leading a good example.
“She was going back to her preschool, being like, ‘Let’s play Mean Girls. I’m Regina. I yell at you,'” Tina said. “[So,] I try to model good behavior. If I see [mean girl] behavior, I try to sit on it.”
The brunette beauty shares two children — Alice and Penelope — with her husband, Jeff Richmond, and like any parent, she’s all for her daughters getting along. But because there’s a six-year age difference between the sisters, that can sometimes be challenging. Being the mediator that she is, though, Tina always finds a way. “They’re so far apart [in age], but there are things they’ll do together,” she added. “The little one likes to let her sister do makeup on her. We try to find a movie we all can watch, and it’s a process! The 8-year-old sees a lot of PG-13 movies.”
Luckily, Alice and Penelope have good role models to look up to when it comes to strong women. Tina has been longtime besties with Amy Poehler, and the two have remained pretty close over the years. “I mean, we change clothes in front of each other,” she said about her relationship with the Parks and Recreation alum. “That’s pretty sisterly, right?”
The pair of actresses were even roommates during the early stages of their careers, which feels like forever ago considering that’s when eyebrow shaping was becoming popular. “We lived in Chicago 20 years ago and I was like, ‘There’s this thing called getting your eyebrows waxed, I think we should do it,'” Tina said. “And she was like, ‘That’s crazy.’ I was like, ‘Let’s try it.'” Fast forward to today and they’re just as close — BFF goals!