If we could name the ideal comedy couple pairing, it would be the stars of 30 Rock and The Office, Tina Fey and Steve Carell. On April 9, Carell and Fey’s comedy dream team becomes a reality as the talented twosome play Claire and Phil Foster, a suburban pair hoping to put that loving feeling back into their stale marriage in the action comedy Date Night.
Intentions to rekindle romance at a posh NYC restaurant are dashed in the film as a mistaken identity disaster sets our couple on the run from corrupt cops.
SheKnows caught up with Date Night’s two comedy giants in Beverly Hills where we asked the duo for their own romantic relationship tips and dished stripper pole action and how Fey mastered running from goons while wearing stilettos.
Picture Carell, ever the dapper dresser, decked out in a spiffy grey jacket over blue sweater, shirt and black slacks while Ms Fey is in dark wash jeans, very high black gladiator sandals and a gorgeous Loeffler Randall emerald green silk blouse with trendy slashed, spaghetti strap shoulders.
We ran into Tina in the ladies’ room later as she struggled to hide a bra strap. Celebs have the same wardrobe malfunctions we do!
First, we simply have to know how Tina Fey managed to run all over the Manhattan night bare-armed, purseless and in those gorgeous, very high heels…
Fey and Carell: humor’s high priests
Tina Fey: Once I lose my purse and coat it was just me and my arms and the night. My bare arms. I was always trying to hide my arms behind a door jamb. The only thing that they didn’t take was my heels. They didn’t take my high heels.
SheKnows: But you didn’t really wear the heels during the whole shoot, right?
Tina Fey: I took them off when we were in the car, sometimes. I would cheat a little bit. We had several sets. I think we had the grandma set and then the higher set and then the [even] higher set. There was a steel reinforcement in the heel. Really Steve built all those shoes for me. He’s also a cobbler.
Steve Carell: [serious face] I am.
SheKnows: Both of you are happily married. Do you do date nights to keep the spark going and anything weird ever happen on one of those dates?
Tina Fey: We don’t have it as formally. Once a month my husband and I get out and it’s a massive effort to get a babysitter. If we get more than ten blocks from our house it’s a miracle and I’m exhausted. So I related to the idea of, like, ‘Okay. It’s our date night. Oh, good.’ That made sense to me. But Steve’s had tons of weird stuff happen.
Steve Carell: Always. Well, we’re always happy when we get invited to an awards show because that essentially is it. That’s our excuse to get dressed up and go out somewhere. Even on those nights we’re generally back by about ten. As most people with kids know, you pay for it if you really go out late and whoop it up. The kids are up at five thirty the next day and then so are you. So that kind of determines how crazy our date nights get. Generally our best date nights are very, very simple and we spend a good deal of them talking about our children anyway. So there is no escape.
SheKnows: Tina, how does your husband [Jeff Richmond] handle your schedule when you are running a TV show and doing a film?
Tina Fey: Well, he’s very understanding about it and he also works on ’30 Rock’. He’s a producer and he does all the music for the show. So we at least are both working toward a common goal. I think that if we had truly separate jobs it’d be hard. But he’s the house daddy in the morning if I have an early call. So, so far so good. He’s really good and helpful about it.
Fey & Carell: Movies over TV?
SheKnows: You both have successful TV series but do movies occasionally. Is either of you looking forward to just doing movies in a couple of years?
Tina Fey: Well, one every two years is about all I can handle because being the creator of ’30 Rock’ means that my year at ’30 Rock’ starts in the middle of June and goes back around until March. So I look forward to writing movies again and this is certainly fun and a good time, but to be in movies, I’m just going to take it as it comes.
Steve Carell: I’m going to move towards voicing videogames. I’m always just happy to be employed and so that’s sort of what I’m looking for.
SheKnows: Were you looking for a project to do together? How did teaming up for Date Night come about?
Steve Carell: Well, our interest was weighed initially and we spoke on the phone and kind of sussed each other out in terms of what each of us was thinking. Tina said the funniest thing. She said, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to just be hanging off a car bombing through New York City?’ I said, ‘Yeah. I’m in. That sounds great.’
Tina Fey: It just seemed fun.
Steve Carell: So that was kind of it. When I heard that she was the other component and then Shawn [Levy, the director], I was very, very eager to do it.
Tina Fey: I always really wanted to do something with Steve and the idea that it was a married couple who were grown people appealed to me because I thought, ‘Yeah, because that’s what we are in real life.’ At a certain point you can’t be making a movie about your wedding because you’re getting up there. I just felt like this was a movie that, if my husband and I got out, we’d actually want to go see this movie and this topic. It appealed to me.
Up next…Steve and Tina tell about looking for the right project for the Second City alums.