The Secret Behind Tina Fey’s Scar

In an interview in Vanity Fair, Tina Fey’s husband says that a stranger slashed Fey’s face when she was 5 years old and that the incident occurred in the front yard of her house. Pretty scary stuff to go through at such a young age. I can understand why she hasn’t discussed this in the past.

From the Associated Press:

Says Richmond: “That scar was fascinating to me. This is somebody who, no matter what it was, has gone through something. And I think it really informs the way she thinks about her life.”

Fey says talking about the attack would seem like exploiting it.

Says Fey: “It’s really almost like I’m able to forget about it, until I was on-camera, and it became a thing of `Oh, I guess we should use this side’ or whatever. Everybody’s got a better side.”

From Newsday:

“She just thought somebody marked her with a pen,” Richmond said.

Adds her husband, who composes the music for “30 Rock”: “That scar was fascinating to me. This is somebody who, no matter what it was, has gone through something. And I think it really informs the way she thinks about her life.”

“It’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it,” Fey, 38, said.

And while the experience was traumatizing, Fey worked hard to keep it from affecting her childhood.

“I proceeded unaware of it,” she told the magazine. “I was a very confident little kid. It’s really almost like I’m kind of able to forget about it, until I was on-camera,” said Fey, whose scenes are often shot from the right side.

Although she has overcome the obstacle, Fey says that she is concerned about how it may one day affect her role as a mother to daughter Alice, 3.

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