'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' 4B: Carol Kane on how events in her life made her a fighter, just like Lillian Kaushtupper
Be it Lilian, Titus, Kim or Jacqueline, 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' has managed to etch strong characters with unique traits that seem real and grounded even in their exaggeration
If you are an 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' fan you are already counting down the days to Friday, January 25, when your favorite foursome – Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Titus (Titus Burgess), Lillian (Carol Kane) and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) – return to Netflix for one last hurrah. Kane, who plays the embodiment of the stereotypical New York kook in the most individualistic, unique way, calls the moment bittersweet.
Although 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' probably had a lot more stories to tell, Kane is happy with what the show has achieved so far, especially when it came to etching out the characters. Be it Lilian, Titus, Kim or Jacqueline, the show has managed to etch out some really strong characters with unique character traits that seem real and grounded even in its exaggeration. They are four pillars of individuality, and yet, you cannot help but see a little bit of yourself in all of them.
"I think that there are so many young people who feel that they're marginalized and trying to figure out where they fit and the show really gives them the message to fit in by being yourself and being good to yourself," Kane says, adding, "That's where you fit in, not by copying your peers, not trying to be something that you aren't, but being the best you in the most individual way that you are. Nothing is wrong with that passion to be yourself, as long as you are conscious and empathetic of your fellow human beings."
As for Lilian, she is the one that built this family of mismatches together. Despite everything that life threw at her, she manages to be a positive light in the lives of Kimmy, Titus and Jacqueline.
"I think that she's a real fighter because she's had to be, considering everything life has sent her way and the challenges that she had to face making a living on her own. And I feel like, I'm a fighter too, and I've had to be for different reasons. Things in my childhood and adolescence were less than perfect, and then I came out fighting," says Kane.
She adds, "When things like that happen to you, you either fade away or come out fighting, and I guess because I have a lot of love in my life, I came out fighting and I think Lily and did too. So I relate. She's all about survival, but she's a loving, good person."
In one of the episodes in the upcoming season 4B, 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' explores a potential reality where a different version of Lilian exists. "That’s interesting because that version of Lillian (is also) a fighter but she's not a good person. She's a killer," Kane says, adding, "So it's interesting to see that possibility of how that fight could have gone in such a negative way, like it does in the sliding doors episode where I'm a real drug dealer."
"Seeing Lillian as a fighter in such a positive way, making a family out of this strange apartment full of people – Kim, and Titus, and eventually even Jacqueline – and making a family together, fighting for the neighborhood and people, you know, not wanting to become gentrified and standing up for what's right and, individuality, that's a result of the real-life choices she made," she says.