30 Rock returns after a brief three-week break with new episodes starting on Thursday, March 17 at 10 PM ET on NBC. This new episode marks the return of Sherri Shepherd, who comes back as Angie Jordan. The actress recently held a conference call to discuss her return to the show. Here's what she had to say.
Sherri Shepherd: It's a blast. It's funny being married to Tracy from 30 Rock. You know, from the first time I got on there it's just been so much fun with the entire cast and especially being married to Tracy. I think when I first did my first episode with him I was a little intimidated because I didn't know if he'd want this like totally voluptuous woman to play his wife because all I've ever played is a secretary or best friend. And so I was a little scared when I first walked into the set and he saw me. And he said I love a big girl. We're going to have fun. And that was about three years ago.
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So as a mother, career woman and a single woman what does it mean to exit left and do you know when to do so?
Sherri Shepherd: Well, you know, I don't know exit left. And hopefully I get the signals when it's time to leave. Right now I'm having fun. I hope nobody's asking me to exit left.
I'm just wondering with all the things that you do -- The View, The Newlywed Game, your TV guest appearances and your upcoming movies and your upcoming TV pilot, how do you balance your time number one? And number two which media fulfills you the most creatively whether it be stand up or Broadway or TV or movies or the View? What fulfills you the most creatively and how do you balance your time with all of that stuff?
Sherri Shepherd: My gosh you're talking about that person and I'm like who is that girl that you're talking about? You know what each medium is so different. And I love doing it, I love doing everything. Like I said I love being on The View. That's something where I get to share my opinion and talk with girlfriends. And then I get to go over to the other side and play and be an actress and, you know, get to play this crazy, crazy person named Angie Jordan. And then I get to go and do a film like Precious and, you know, bring out the dramatic side. So it is really fulfilling. When I was a legal secretary and dreaming about this in my wildest dreams I never thought that I would be blessed to do so many different things. And, you know, do my stand up and make people laugh, that's the - that really fulfills me. So can I say which one fulfills me the most? I can't answer that question because I just I love being able to do it. And I'm thankful that Barbara Walters gives me the time off to be able to do this.
If Tina Fey invited you and you didn't have your upcoming TV pilot on TVLand would you want to join 30 Rock as a regular cast member if it could be worked out with The View?
Sherri Shepherd: You know what? Are you kidding me? In a heartbeat I would go over to 30 Rock. And you wouldn't even have to say anything. I'd be over there going where's my dressing room? Give me the script and let me memorize my lines. I love that show.
As far as your upcoming pilot is concerned is it going to be filled in New York and what is the premise of it?
Sherri Shepherd: They will move it to New York yes. So it absolutely would accommodate my View schedule. And the tentative title of it is Soda Jerks. And it's about a woman, Christine Taylor who comes to a small Midwestern town and takes over and how we deal with this new woman coming in with these new ideas. And I'm one of the office workers in the sitcom.
Going back to 30 Rock do you have any more appearances after next week's appearance? And is there any cast member of 30 Rock that you, you know, you've been on a number of time so far, but is there any cast member of 30 Rock that you wish you had more scenes with that you haven't really had a chance to act opposite so far?
Sherri Shepherd: Wow, you know, I get to work - I hope that they bring me back. I - we don't have anything right now in the pipeline so I'm hoping that they bring me back. Is there anybody that I would love to work with? (Jack) McBrayer. I don't think I get enough scenes with McBrayer. But I get a lot of scenes with Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey and Tracy. So I would say McBrayer is one of the ones that I really wish we could have some more scenes together. I'd love to do a film with Tina Fey. I think we'd make a great duo in a film of Thelma & Louise.
I know on 30 Rock your character is getting a reality show. Could you tell us what reality shows you love or don't like and why?
Sherri Shepherd: I love the reality shows. I like Top Chef. You know, I cry every Sunday at the show were they build the houses. What's the name of that show, you know, where they build the houses? I mean I'm sitting there and I'm always tweeting going oh my gosh the human spirit just absolutely amazes me. Dancing with the Stars is my show and any dance show. I'm not so much into the shows where you've got a bunch of people fighting. I don't like those kind of shows which is actually the Queen of Jordan. I'm not a big fan of the housewives shows because I look at these grown ass women and I'm going what the hell is wrong with everybody? You guys get the craziest people to put on these shows. I'm really not into those shows where they don't know how to control themselves. I'm more into shows that inspire people, that uplift people and encourage people. I walk away from any housewife show and go this is just ridiculous.
I loved your book by the way. Would you ever consider writing an advice book for young girls, you know, teenage age?
Sherri Shepherd: Thank you so much. Would I consider writing an advice book, absolutely not. I don't think I'm qualified to give advice to anybody. I kind of give my experiences and you can, you know, take it and, you know, do with it what you would like. But I don't think I'm qualified to give advice. I'd be so scared to give the wrong advice. I think the next book I will be working on is just, you know, my son is dealing with how to, you know, how - he's dealing with having a daddy and a stepdaddy and like blended families and how do you answer those questions of, you know, a new person coming into your life. So that's the next book I'm going to be working on.
I was just wondering how is Angie and Tracy's relationship in this episode?
Sherri Shepherd: Angie and Tracy's relationship is doing well although in this episode Tracy, he leaves. He goes to Africa and I have to do this reality show myself. And so they're trying to trick me into getting Tracy back. So and, you know, through it all Angie loves her Tracy Jordan no matter what he does. She might put him out the house, she might be mad at him but they have a love that just endures.
You mentioned earlier Angie and Liz having a bit of a cat fight. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
Sherri Shepherd: Well it's because Liz is trying to - is trying to trick Angie into getting Tracy back home so they can continue with doing the show. And so, you know, Angie and Liz have kind of a love- hate relationship. Deep down Angie always thinks that Liz wants her husband. And so it's always that thing. And, you know, she doesn't want Liz telling her what to do because she wants to be the numero uno woman in Tracy's life. So it's always kind of it's always kind of a power struggle between Liz and Angie because Liz is also the number one woman in Tracy's life? So of course, you know, we get into it because you've got two alpha dogs fighting for a position in Tracy Jordan's life.
Do you enjoy working with Tina Fey on those scenes?
Sherri Shepherd: I love it. I absolutely love working with Tina Fey. She's funny and we're both mothers. Our kids are the same age. I got the job because I was on Ellen DeGeneres Show and I was talking about my son was just born. And I was talking about pumping and how that breast pump makes our breasts look like crazy. And Tina Fey was watching the show pumping at the same time and so that's how we connected. So whenever even between the camera breaks we're talking about our kids. That's what our - because we're both mothers. So I love Tina. I am very thankful that, you know, she made me a part of 30 Rock.