Carol Kane on the hope­ful world of “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt”

Why the leg­end thinks sea­son 3 is the best yet.

Metro USA (New York) - - Television - RACHAEL VAUGHAN CLEMMONS @MetroNewYork let­ GETTY Sea­son 3 of “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt” pre­mieres on May 19 on Net­flix.

The up­com­ing sea­son of Tina Fey’s hit “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt” (back this Fri­day) will take on Kimmy’s ma­tric­u­la­tion to col­lege, Ti­tus’ re­flec­tion on his ca­reer and ro­mances and — hold up. Lil­lian is run­ning for of­fice?

We spoke to Carol Kane, who plays kooky free spirit Lil­lian, about how the bril­liantly funny se­ries bal­ances an up­beat out­look with se­ri­ous is­sues, and what’s in store for our fa­vorite stoop crone.

I re­ally love Lil­lian be­cause she is so strange but re­ally en­dear­ing. What is it that at­tracts you to these kooky char­ac­ters?

A big thing about Lil­lian is her pas­sion, what she be­lieves in she’ll just go to the ground for. She’ll do any­thing. And also her lack of be­ing able to edit her­self [laughs]. What­ever she thinks comes out her mouth. She’s very brave. She doesn’t re­ally care what any­body thinks of what she says or does. I ad­mire that about her. I’m much more self-con­scious about what I say or do than Lil­lian.

The gen­tri­fi­ca­tion story line last sea­son was sub­tle but pow­er­ful. And the show does a re­ally good job of bal­anc­ing be­ing funny with bring­ing aware­ness around an is­sue.

And that is go­ing to get en­hanced this year, be­cause at the end of last sea­son some­one came to [Lil­lian’s] door and said, “If it re­ally means that much to you, why don’t

you run for of­fice?” And I’m tak­ing that on. I do run for of­fice, so my fight against gen­tri­fi­ca­tion be­comes more of­fi­cial and louder. I also meet a spe­cial some­one through that fight. I meet a sort of arch­en­emy who be­comes a beloved per­son in my life.

The show never re­veals what part of New York its tak­ing place in ex­actly. But you film in Brook­lyn right?

We film in Brook­lyn and I think that gen­tri­fi­ca­tion is huge in the city. When I was young and grow­ing up in the city, ev­ery neigh­bor­hood was so spe­cific and had its lit­tle com­mu­nity that was very well de­fined, and now you get on the sub­way at 72nd on the West Side and you go all the way down to SoHo and you get off the sub­way and you see the ex­act same bank and the ex­act same store as when you got on the sub­way. Used to be you got off and you were in Won­der­land. It was all very dif­fer­ent and spe­cific, and I re­ally miss that.

There’s a lot of pos­i­tiv­ity that’s de­picted. The show fea­tures a much more hope­ful New York than the one that ex­ists in this cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate.

It’s hard to have a lot of hope right now. But you know, peo­ple are fight­ing. Peo­ple are fight­ing for their rights and al­ways will be. Each in­di­vid­ual voice is crit­i­cal, espe­cially now. And I do think that Lil­lian demon­strates that and Kimmy and Ti­tus and even [Jacqueline] are hav­ing a whole new life since she broke up with her rich guy. She’s on her own and mak­ing some­thing of her life, against great odds. Ev­ery­one in the show is sort of hope­ful against great odds. And they’re all fight­ers.


In the third sea­son of “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt,” Carol Kane’s Lil­lian gets po­lit­i­cal.

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