“Admission,” the romantic comedy that deals with the stressful world of getting into college, has a premise that makes you wonder why no one has attempted it before. It was the more absurd elements of that process that attracted Tina Fey to the project, as she told MTV News when we sat down with her and co-star Paul Rudd.
“I like the idea that it’s set in this world of college admission that is so stressful for so many people,” Fey said. “I thought that was a crazy and interesting world.”
What makes “Admission” so relatable is that its “crazy and interesting world” is one that most people experience at some time, so naturally MTV News’ Josh Horowitz wanted to know how Fey’s and Rudd’s college experiences went.
Rudd’s college try wasn’t as typical as he may have wanted in the end, and that resulted in him reading a lot of maps, naturally. “I don’t feel like I had enough of a college experience. I packed a lot into the few years that I was there, but then I left and went to this acting school,” he said. “That was when I thought, ’Oh my God, I’m never going to take any other classes that aren’t theater.’ Then I got very nervous that I had blown it, and that’s when I started trying to read as much as I could and studying atlases all of the time. I was really into maps. I thought, ’I’ve got to know the capitol of Ethiopia.’ ”
Fey stayed away from the sororities because of a not-so-subtle warning from her older brother. “I went to Virginia, which has a huge Greek system, but I never did it,” she said. “Right before I left, my brother, who is eight years older than me, said ’Hey, if you join a sorority, I’ll put your head through a wall.’ I said, ’Ok, duly noted.’ So I did not.”
“Admission” is out in theaters today.