While her character gets ready to take New York by storm in another season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Ellie Kemper is getting ready to embark on a pretty exciting journey of her own. The 35-year-old actress announced she's expecting her first child.
News of Kemper’s pregnancy began to circulate early Wednesday, before her scheduled appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” People reported that the star of the Netflix-produced sitcom was expecting her first child with her husband of almost four years, Michael Koman. The duo met while Koman was working as a writer for late-night host Conan O’Brien before they tied the knot in July 2012.
Kemper used her appearance on “The Tonight Show,” where she was promoting the Friday release of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 2, to confirm the news that she is pregnant.
“Hi, baby! Hi! I can’t wait until you see the show,” Fallon joked to his guest’s tummy. “Your mommy is very funny and very talented.”
Luckily for both Kemper and fans of her TV show, Season 2 of “Kimmy Schmidt” won’t have the actress awkwardly placed behind stray objects in an effort to hide her baby bump. She reveals in the video below that her pregnancy didn’t become an issue until the end of filming Season 2. At some point, her character was going to end up on a roller coaster, specifically the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Obviously this made her nervous as even her Netflix character previously joked about the dangers of a pregnant woman riding a roller coaster in the Season 1 episode “Kimmy Has a Birthday!”
“I know the exact minute I was born, because it was in my mom’s lawsuit against the roller coaster,” Kemper’s Kimmy Schmidt says.
After some web searching and a conversation with her boss, Tina Fey, Kemper decided that the roller coaster probably wasn’t the best idea and agreed to tell people it was because she had a back injury, something she was totally sure she could lie about.
“Someone said, ‘Oh, what's wrong?’ And words escaped me. ‘I sprained my spine.’ You can't do that! I'm a bad liar,” she told the host. “I kept forgetting I [said I] had one, so I kept doing things someone with a back injury can’t do.”
Netflix will release all 13 episodes of Season 2 “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” on Friday, April 15.