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Tina Fey‘s scar is not something she likes to discuss, but in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, the actress and her husband, Jeff Richmond, talk about the childhood slashing incident that caused the scar on the left side of her face.

“It’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it,” she says.

Fey’s husband, SNL composer Jeff Richmond, says he was fascinated by the scar. “This is somebody who, no matter what it was, has gone through something. And I think it really informs the way she thinks about her life. When you have that kind of thing happen to you, that makes you scared of certain things, that makes you frightened of different things, your comedy comes out in a different kind of way, and it also makes you feel for people.”

“It was in, like, the front yard of her house and somebody just came up, and she just thought somebody marked her with a pen,” Richmond says of the incident.

Fey was shaken up over the anthrax attack at 30 Rock shortly after 9/11 and used therapy to cope with her fearful reaction. The therapist talked to her about 9/11 and the anthrax delivered to Tom Brokaw’s office, linking them to the crime against her when she was little. “It’s the attack out of nowhere,” Fey says. “Something comes out of nowhere, it’s horrifying.”

Read the entire Tina Fey Vanity Fair interview.

Photos of Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond below.