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Vanessa Minnillo undated photo from her official website, VanessaMinnillo.com/Tina Fey in a promotional photo for 30 Rock. - Provided courtesy of Photo courtesy of VanessaMinnillo.com/NBC Universal, Art Streiber

Vanessa Minnillo to guest star on '30 Rock'

Get more: TV, Tina Fey
01/28/2011 by Olivia Allin

Vanessa Minnillo has started the year off right with a recent engagement and an upcoming appearance on NBC's Emmy and Golden Globe award winning hit show, "30 Rock."

The 1998 Miss Teen USA winner got engaged in November to former 98 Degrees member, Nick Lachey, who was previously married to Jessica Simpson. Minnillo discussed the engagement and her elation at joining the "30 Rock" ladies on set.

In her guest-starring role, Minnilo plays Avery's (Elizabeth Banks) competitive co-worker Carmen Chao and Liz (Tina Fey) fakes being pregnant in order to hide Avery's pregnancy from Chao, who's after Avery's job.

"To be standing on the street literally in Manhattan on the Upper East Side with Tina Fey and Elizabeth Banks, I'm like, 'This is pretty cool. This is work, but this is pretty cool,'" Minnillo told the press in a telephone interview. "I really want to be their best friends."

Minnillo said that one of her favorite moments on the set was when "30 Rock" creator, star and head writer, Tina Fey ran to her trailer to get "treats" for the cast members.

"It was the most awkward, cutest, most adorable running and smiling and giddy. And she got back and she was like, 'Oh, I wanted to show you guys the treats,'" Minnillo recalls. "And I'm like, 'You're just, you're amazing. You know, you have it so together and you are so down to earth.' I have that vision of her just running down the streets of New York smiling and holding this bag of candy."

Minnillo also revealed that while there is no wedding date yet, she is most excited about picking out her dress and said that if she were to get pregnant before the wedding, she would consider it a blessing.

"We're enjoying being engaged. Everyone rushes to the next step, and I like this step, you know? It's fun and I'm in love and we're happy, so when it comes and it happens organically, I will be welcoming it with open arms."

Minnillo and Lachey met at while judging the 2003 Miss Teen USA pageant and have been dating since 2006, after Minnillo starred in Lachey's music video, "What's Left of Me."

Minnillo will also guest star on CBS's hit show, "Hawaii Five O" in February. Her"30 Rock" episode airs on Thursday February 3, 2010 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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