Jane Krakowski: Being from Jersey is out of this world

When Jersey girl Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock” stopped by “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” this week, the topic of conversation quickly turned to – what else? – the Garden State.

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Jay started it by marveling over the similarities Jane, a Parsippany native, must have with her British fiance.

“Now you grew up in New Jersey and he’s from England,” Jay pointed out. “That seems perfect. You are peas in a pod.”

Then he went on to ask Jane, who said she spent summers at the Shore as a kid, what she thought of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”

“It was nothing like what I saw on ‘Jersey Shore’ the TV show,” she said.

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But then Jane revealed something really interesting: Her friendship with someone from her childhood growing up in – as Jay said – “Parsnippany.”

“My hometown honored myself and one of my grammar school classmates just recently,” she explained.

It turns out that classmate is an astronaut, Garrett Reisman, who just happens to be currently aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.

“He’s actually in space right now,” Jane said, adding that he has emailed her a few times from space.

“The entire crew of the Atlantis are really big ’30 Rock’ fans,” she explained. In fact, the show gave the astronauts an autographed script of a space-themed episode to take on the flight.

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