“Oh honey, I left the people who told me I couldn’t make it in television a long time ago. They’re not getting my ten percent anymore.”
“It’d been a few years since I’d spoken directly with Tina. I’d gotten little messages from her through third parties, but nothing that would’ve clued me in that she was working on what would become Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. So I was flattered, honoured and beyond loving the fact that she gave me this career-changing experience.”
It certainly gave Tituss the last laugh, too. When he first told his agent he wanted to take a break from Broadway and try and make it in television, pre-30 Rock, he was brushed off. “I didn’t have any credits, so I could see on the one hand how they could’ve been a tad dismissive,” he tells us, “but hell, relationship between Titus and Kimmy that really captured audiences and kept them hooked for all 13 episodes.
“A lot of people have said to me that Titus is kind of mean at the beginning,” begins Tituss, “and I’m like, ‘No, no, no, no. Go back and watch the set up!’ I think Titus acts the way anybody would if they found themselves in debt and struggling for money. It makes you do things you thought you’d never do. Kimmy is naive and doesn’t know that this guy is only being nice to her for money, so they’re both winning. They’re both getting exactly what they need.
“But about two thirds of the way