Steve Carell and Tina Fey's Date Night
Steve and Tina say they loved working together. "She is a national treasure," Steve says of Tina. "She's somebody I wanted to work with, and I'm a big fan, and you know [my] expectations were not only fulfilled, but she want beyond any expectations. She's fantastic."
Tina says Steve's a comic inspiration. "He is a comic genius because he is one of the greatest improvisers in the world," she says. "The kind of detail and specificity that he brings to his character Michael Scott of The Office—he does stuff that is so painful and embarrassing that you can't help but laugh at it, and it's that he will sink into an awkward and uncomfortable moment so deeply and commit to it so hard. But he also is kind of always playing his character. He's not trying to act crazy. He's just playing his character. His sad, sad, little character."
"My parents are going to be so proud of me," Steve says.
Aside from starring in 30 Rock, Tina is also the head writer and producer of the hit show. This month, she's also a two-issue cover girl—her picture is on the covers of Esquire and Vogue. Tina says she had a great time with the magazine shoots. "Anything like that I go into, I don't feel any pressure because they know they didn't hire a model, so I'm just here to have fun," she says. "The dirty photo shoot [for Esquire] was a little easier for me. I don't know why. I'm more comfortable."
Tina has become known as "the thinking man's sex symbol," but she says she's not totally sold on the title. "I've heard that, and I sort of feel like that's not really a thing, because I feel like even the thinking man wants Megan Fox and Jessica Simpson. Like, the thinking man's like: 'Yeah, get out of here. I see Jessica Simpson."
"I think she's a sex symbol of the idiot and the thinking man, frankly," Steve says.
"He's very quiet in real life," Tina says.
"Well, that's another way of saying pretty boring, I think, to meet me," Steve says. "I never really thought of myself as funny, per se. ... I don't sit and watch myself and say, 'Damn, that is hilarious.'"
The people Steve does find funny are Steve Martin, John Cleese and Peter Sellers, he says. "Those are people that I emulate and respect."
Working with a great supporting cast also helped the atmosphere on set, Tina says. "One of my favorite scenes is the scene with James Franco and Mila Kunis, who play this kind of dirt-baggy couple that we have been confused for," she says.
"They were great; they improvised a lot," Steve says. "A lot of those little exchanges resulted from the two of them bringing things in, and we were just responding."
"I would probably you know, have Jesus over for fried chicken," Oprah says. "That would be great."
"What is going on with you and Jamie Foxx? Because I feel like he might be in love with you," Tina says.
"I like him. He likes me. We email, text. It's a really good friend thing. It really is," Oprah says.
Steve says his questions are less hard-hitting. "Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?"
"For sure," Oprah says.
"The second question is, who let the dogs out?"