I think my unbreakableness is about resilience and patience," Tituss Burgess tells PEOPLE
At their Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday, PEOPLE asked the cast of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to share what is unbreakable about themselves:
[Before I was cast on Kimmy Schmidt], I actually had started accepting offers to teach at universities. I was on staff at Marymount Manhattan College, about to teach voice, and my manager called and said, “I think you should quit [and give acting] another go round.”
Things were very slow, just to speak very candidly, but I’m a very specific type of a performer. I can do lots of different things, but you have to put me in and then let me do it versus the inverse. And so, to have the great pleasure of waiting it out, I think my unbreakableness is about resilience and patience.
If you choose this kind of career, you have to be able to stand up to rejection and keep on going. [Laughs.] I mean, I’m acting like [acting is] the hardest job in the world. It’s not the hardest job in the world, but you have to keep on going. I didn’t accept any jobs to teach because no one would want me to.
I have problems with my hip.
I came out here today. I wore two different shoes by accident. I didn’t let that stop me from coming out here.
[She models her mismatched footwear for the room of reporters.]
I mean we didn’t give up on this idea. We believed in [Kimmy Schmidt], and we did have to shepherd it through a few groups of people who were very reasonably nervous about it. And, so, that. Yeah, let’s count that.
There were two years between 30 Rock and Kimmy that I had to endure working with other people. [Laughs.] I thank you so much, [Tina,] for having me back. And I am thrilled to say that this is our ninth season of television together.
My hip hurts as well.
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Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will come to Netflix next spring.