Angela Kinsey and Ellie Kemper press call

Angela: Well hey listen I love the Anne Geddes photos – my character, so, you know. But you have to remember my character has a weird thing about photos of babies dressed up, remember that Christmas episode where she got exactly what she wanted which was two babies dressed up as jazz musicians so…

Press: What could you see Jenna’s – Pam’s baby as? What would his or her theme be?

Angela: What would I dress Pam’s baby up as? Maybe like a very – like a very small version of like – I don’t know, thinking, like a Mother Theresa, like give her like a little habit. I think come Christmas time I could try to make a live Nativity scene…

Press: So there have been lots of special baby episodes on different shows throughout the years; how is this one going to be different? And then from there what do you think will change about the show once Jim and Pam have the baby?

Angela: I think what’s the great thing about our show is that they find ways to make our characters grow without really changing a character’s arc. And that’s always a fine line in television. But if you change a character too much the audience falls out of love with the character. But yet characters need to evolve and grow over the years. And I think our writers are brilliant at doing that. So I think Jim and Pam having a baby you’re going to see like new aspects of them but it’s not going to change the dynamic of our office, and what’s funny within the office.

I loved this baby episode. I actually went to the writers and tried to pitch them some breastfeeding jokes because I actually came back to work and — when my child was eight weeks old and I — not to over share but I had to pump, that’s a working mom’s life, you want to breastfeed. So we had to take pump breaks all day and I had to go to my trailer. And I did that for like 11 months.

Ellie: Oh my gosh.

Angela: Yeah, I went into the writers because our female writers on the show don’t have children and so I pulled like Mindy and B.J. aside and I’m like, okay are you guys going to have this happen? What about this in the hospital because this and this happens to you right off the bat, you know.

And B.J. was like hey, she knows, you know.

I don’t know what all they used or didn’t use but it’s a fun episode. And I think what’s great about it is as far as different baby episodes on television, there’s a little bit of reality there. I mean, we can have some more real moments because we are a mockumentary, and we can go into some subjects that maybe your standard sitcom would skip over. And so I think it’s going to be really fun for people to watch.

Ellie: Yeah, I thought the same thing when I was watching Niagara, the wedding episode, I thought what a perfect way the writers put the whole thing together in this like monumental event, it’s this landmark thing that’s happening.

And these two huge things to be happening in such a short span of time, the wedding and now having the baby. But again treated like Angela just said, bringing out moments that other sitcoms may have to skip over but that are very real and combining them to make this like realistic portrait of what it is to go through this.

14 comments

  1. That was awesome! Tanster, were any of the questions yours? I cringed a little when Ellie talked about what happens when she laughs too hard haha.

    [from tanster: thanks! yes, i asked whether the idea of pairing angela and erin came from the actors or the writers.]

  2. So great! I can’t wait to hear more about Erin’s backstory. Haha! Thanks for posting!

  3. What a great interview! Reading it was definitely the highlight of my day so far. I’m so excited about the new webisodes!

  4. Awesome interview! I love Angela and Ellie and can’t wait for the webisodes! I hope Ellie starts getting featured a bit more on the show as well!

  5. This was awesome!

    And is it me or did Angela give away the sex of the baby in the beginning when she joked about dressing her up in the Nativity scene??

  6. @#6

    yeah I was thinking that too. And again when she said she would dress ‘her’ up like mother teresa… hmmmmm

  7. @PamPamThankYouMaam I read that part and thought the same thing but who knows. We’ll have to wait and see.

  8. That was really cool! It’s really good to see that Angela is getting some air time and some character development. I’ve missed her!

  9. What do you think, tanster?? Did she give it away? And any last minute teeny tiny spoilers you can give away before tonight???? So excited!!!

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