After more than six years, the star says goodbye to her NBC sitcom and hello to the silver screen (and life on the playground)
Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty

To most of the world, Tina Fey’s stint as cohost of the Golden Globes was memorable for all the right reasons: Her one-liners killed; her chemistry with her former Saturday Night Live colleague Amy Poehler was palpable; and she looked fantastic.

“We did a total of nine minutes of material, probably,” Fey says of her onstage time with Poehler. “But people were so nice to us about it. I’m gonna ride that to the grave. I’m gonna be like, ‘Remember that time me and Amy told jokes for seven minutes?’ ”

But for one viewer – the comedian’s 7-year-old, Alice – her appearance on what the little girl dubbed the Trophy Awards didn’t exactly resonate. “She drew a picture of me and Amy in our gowns,” recalls Fey. “It’s a pretty good drawing, but she did these dialogue bubbles with big question marks in them. She was like, ‘They’re because I didn’t understand any of your jokes!’ “

These days Fey’s littlest critic (her other child, 19-month-old Penelope, isn’t quite as articulate yet) is becoming more of a constant companion since the series finale of 30 Rock aired earlier this year.

Now that she’s not logging 17-hour days on-set, Fey, 42, has more time for herself – “I’ve been turning back into a person who is like, ‘I can go to the gym sometimes!’ ” – and, more importantly, for her kids and husband, composer Jeff Richmond, 52. “We took a vacation to Disney World,” she says. “That was really good. My older daughter is past the age of complete obsession with the princesses, but my little one loved meeting Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Mickey and Minnie. Anything with a big furry head.”