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Tina Fey's Oscars Experience: 'You See Charlize Theron, and You're Like, Wheel Me Out With the Garbage!'

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Tina Fey is on a roll right now. She shut down the Oscars red carpet in one of the loveliest looks of the night, she landed a gorgeous cover of Town & Country and she’s starring in the new film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. So naturally we had a lot of questions when we saw her at the film’s N.Y.C. premiere.

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Fey’s royal purple Atelier Versace gown was both super on-trend and incredibly elegant, but as she tells it, her Cinderella moment didn’t last for long.

“You get to the Oscars and you’re like, I feel pretty good, and then you see someone like Charlize Theron and you’re like, I’ll just be exiting out the back,” Tina tells PEOPLE. “Wheel me out with the garbage.” (Considering the fact that both Fey and Theron were on our Best Dressed list, we think she fared pretty well in spite of herself.)

So does a gown that gorgeous actually end up in the garbage? Tina tells us: “It’s probably supposed to be cleaned. I don’t know if it’s going back to Versace, or maybe they’ll let me keep it, I don’t know.”

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Fey currently stars in the film adaption of the book, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Kim Barker, based on the journalist’s experiences as a foreign correspondent during wartime. Fey said she couldn’t relate to most of the challenges Barker experienced, but there was one — working in a predominantly male environment — she knew something about.

“I’ve definitely worked in very male environments before, [but] usually, unlike in the book and the movie, it doesn’t really pan out that I become the most desirable woman in the world,” she joked. “It doesn’t really pan out that way. But that is something I’m sort of used to.”

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But if she really had to become a war reporter in real life, she’s not so sure how well she’d do. “I feel like I’m way more chicken than Kim [Barker]. Kim’s more of a badass,” she says. “She was always saying, once you get there, there’s no time to not be brave, you just gotta go along and do anything.”

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which also stars Margot Robbie and Billy Bob Thornton, opens Friday. Are you excited to see the movie? What did you think of her Oscars gown? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

— Colleen Kratofil, with reporting by Maggie Parker