The second half of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s fourth and final season hit Netflix on Friday, January 25, and to celebrate — and say goodbye — the cast gathered at The Paley Center for Media in New York City, where they reflected on their characters and the run of the show.

“[Kimmy] absolutely takes responsibility for her own actions and doesn’t blame other people or the outside world,” Ellie Kemper, the star of the series, told Us Weekly about her eternally optimistic character. “She always comes back to: ‘The only thing I have control over is my reaction to this event,’ and then she makes do.”

The actress also spoke about the “fortitude, resilience, and tenacity” that Kimmy displayed throughout the show’s four seasons, saying the character’s unwavering hope and love of life became a source of comfort for her amid an increasingly contentious political and cultural climate.

“I hope kindness rubs off on you,” she said. “So much has changed in the four years since we’ve had this show and the last two years have been so turbulent, that having that rock to turn to was, as it turns out now, a kind of therapy. I didn’t realize it at the time.”

Jane Krakowski, who played socialite Jacqueline Voorhees, feels a similar kinship with her character. “When you work on a character for so long and you’re lucky enough to get four seasons, you get really attached to them,” she told Us Weekly. “I felt like Jacqueline changed so much over the years that I just wanted to represent her the best I could — whether it was in her grotesqueness of not understanding how much [of the] one percent she was and not being able to function in the real world to actually getting a job and being able to make her own money for the first time in her whole life.”

Krakowski also noted that when she read the final script, her first reaction was, “Please just take care of Kimmy!”

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