When Ellie Kemper isn't cracking everyone up in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she's getting her bearings as a new mom. She and her husband, writer Michael Koman, welcomed their first child, a boy named James, in August 2016. And even though she's a glamorous, Emmy-nominated actress, Kemper is still coping with various challenges every mom of a 10-month-old can relate to. Kemper recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and explained what it was like to fly with her baby boy sans her spouse.
"Everyone kept saying, 'Oh, it's fine, people help, other passengers are really friendly and helpful when they see you with a baby,'" she told Meyers. "That is not true! I feel like humanity is at it's worst when they see a lady with a baby on a plane. Everyone's like averting their eyes. I was literally hauling the carseat up the aisle. Some older lady goes, 'That looks hard!' I'm like, 'It is hard! Help me!'"
Explaining that her son is a "spirited child," Kemper went on to share the details of a different flight, during which she was accompanied by her husband and their son was being especially fussy. "James would not be calmed by anything," she shared. "You know, you're like a one-man show? Showing him like the seabealt buckle and the barf bag! Nothing would appease him." That is until she grabbed an airline magazine that had Allison Williams on the cover.
"Her gorgeous face delighted my child," Kemper said. "It was the only thing that worked!" She actually took a photo of James looking over-the-moon while checking out the Girls star. Too funny.
Here's the whole clip, with even more shots of little James loving Williams' cover photo:
We love how Kemper sees her discovery as a brilliant baby-soothing strategy she's psyched to share with fellow moms. Hey, whatever works, right? May the calming force of Allison Williams' face be with all parents!