You can no longer be Donald Glover’s biggest fan. You see, that spot is taken by Tina Fey.
The 30 Rock creator reflected on the awesomeness that is Donald Glover for the Time magazine 100 Most Influential People. You’ll remember that Glover’s first job was writing for Fey on 30 Rock (Fey points out that he was still living as an RA in a dorm at the time) and it was actually Fey who discovered him. And when he declared that is was time for him to leave and start his acting career, she was more than supportive.
“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.
Since then, he went on to star on the cult-hit Community before creating his own show Atlanta, for which he produces, writes, and stars in. He also has a successful rap career under the name Childish Gambino. Fey writes of Glover,
“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.”
She adds that his show Atlanta is the perfect reflection of him: “funny, beautiful, stylish, melancholy and startlingly confident.”
Glover is currently taking a break before season 2 to act as Lando in the next Star Wars movie. Consider us eternally jealous.