Dealing with rejection is a regular part of the actor's life. In the case of Jenna, the rejection is usually on the part of agents who want her for their projects, but then make ridiculous offers that she's forced to turn down because she's unavailable, uninterested or incredibly insulted at the quality of the perks being offered. (Hint to CAA: a private jet means truly private - i.e. with no one, not even a pilot, onboard.)
So it was something of a surprise to hear that Jenna was not Jack Donaghy's first choice to play Avery Jessup in "Kidnapped by Danger." After all, it wouldn't have been the first time Jenna told the tragic story of a reporter kidnapped by a godless dictator. She still gets fan mail today for her role as "Blogger Babe 2" in the erotic mistress-piece, "Em-bedded," winner of three technical awards at the War-Porn Adult Video Awards.
Most galling was that Jenna conceived this film's idea to begin with. Jenna knows that the only way to get people to sympathize with real-life tragedy is to create a TV movie. While the project had its share of creative challenges, casting should never have been one of them. As anyone who's seen the casting screeners can tell you, Jenna is more Avery than Avery herself.
Alas, even corporate titans make mistakes, and it was heartening to see that Jack finally came to his senses and rejected his own prejudices about who could portray his wife. Jack finally came to his senses, like most powerful men do after Jenna turns on her seductive charm. Now it's time to start MY campaign to play baby Liddy in all flash-forward scenes.
- Jenna's Assistant