10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
The critical success of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is much deserved. The reasons for the show’s success are obvious — great writers, a Cinderella-sweet lead (Ellie Kemper), a prime spot airing as a Netflix Original in March 2015, and an inventive storyline revolving around the life of Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) trying to make it in New York City after being held captive in an Armageddon-cult compound in Indiana for 15 years. But, there are many hidden gems of knowledge about this all-star lineup unknown by most viewers. Here are the top 10:
10. The Characters’ Names Are Significant
Do you ever wonder how writers come up with the names for their characters? Well in the case of Unbreakable, you don’t have to look much further than pop culture, oh…and ancient Greek mythology. The loveably hateable character Xanthippe Lannister Voorhees, the angry teenage daughter of Kimmy’s employer, is a prime example of the influence of both pop and ancient cultural tales over the naming of characters. Xanthippe comes from Greek mythology. As a minor but challenging figure of ancient myths, this name suits this antagonizing figure perfectly. Her middle name, Lannister, comes from the last name of a homicidal family in the Game of Thrones series. And her last name, Voorhees, is shared by the infamous killer portrayed in Friday the 13th. A rose by any other name wouldn’t be a challenging, lethal, psychopath.
9. The Show is Full of Famous Broadway Guest Spots
Due to the involvement of many of the actors in Broadway productions, the show continuously tips its cap to some of the greats of today’s theatrical productions. Tony Award winning performers Jefferson Mays, James Monroe Inglehart, and John Cullum have all had cameo roles in the series. Some up and comers like Nic Rouleau, currently starring in the Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon in London, have also been involved. The episodes of Unbreakable are simply littered with musical talent and epitomize the dream of living in NYC.