BY TER STAFF
Tina Fey penned a very special tribute to the mega-talented Donald Glover, as part of Glover’s spot on TIME Magazine‘s list of “The 100 Most Influence People.” Fey worked with Glover early in his career, still while the actor/rapper/writer attended New York University. Of all the writers that decided to move on to pursue bigger and better things, Glover was the only one who received the ultimate co-sign from Fey.
“Donald was grateful for the opportunity but felt like he should leave to pursue acting. Of the many writers who have suggested this over the past 20 years, Donald is the only one with whom I’ve ever agreed,” Fey told TIME. “One hundred percent, he should go be a star,” Fey continued. And that’s just what Glover did, excelling at everything he put his hands on (rap, Community, stand-up comedy, Atlanta and more). Tina Fey also praised Glover’s creation of his FX series “Atlanta”, calling both Glover and his show “funny, beautiful, stylish, melancholy and startlingly confident.”
Read everything that Tina Fey had to say about Donald Glover below.
When Donald Glover started as a staff writer on 30 Rock, he was still living as an RA in a dorm at New York University. He worked hard and contributed a lot of good jokes. After a few years, he requested a meeting with me and fellow producer Robert Carlock. Donald was grateful for the opportunity but felt like he should leave to pursue acting. Of the many writers who have suggested this over the past 20 years, Donald is the only one with whom I’ve ever agreed. One hundred percent, he should go be a star.
Now Donald is serving you best-case-scenario millennial realness. He embodies his generation’s belief that people can be whatever they want and change what it is they want, at any time. When you’re tired of starring in a network comedy, take a break to pursue your rap career for a Grammy nomination. When you’ve learned all you can from acting in other people’s movies, sit down and create your own piece of art.
This could have easily presented itself as a clothing line or one really good painting. Instead, Donald gave us Atlanta, a TV series that is basically him: funny, beautiful, stylish, melancholy and startlingly confident.
But as any good millennial knows, when your creation wins 10-plus major awards, you don’t rush into Season 2. You step back, take a breath and just, like, be Lando Calrissian or something.