Angela Kinsey and Ed Helms conference call

Press: Okay, so I want to go back to when you were asked about a wedding but I just want to go — say that we asked — we talked to Paul Lieberstein on a conference call last month.

And when I asked him about whether or not you guys were going to make it to the alter, his quote was they make it to an alter of sorts but probably not what you’re thinking or the way you were thinking. Can you guys expand on that in any way?

Angela: Nope, unless I can call Paul and get him on the phone. Do you got anything, Ed?

Ed: We get into altered states of mind, perhaps.

Angela: Yeah, it’s so — yeah, I can’t — oh, sorry.

Ed: No, we just — I’ll just go ahead as the big spoiler. We do become Satanists and sacrifice goats at an alter.

Angela: Oh, Ed Helms.

Ed: And that’s the alter. No, I’m sorry. We — I guess we can’t really get into it.

Press: Yeah, I’ll just do a real quick one here. Angela, you mentioned you’ve had a lot of funny things happen when you were working in all these different offices.

Can you give us just one example from real life that’s kind of like the odd things that happen in the office or just one thing where you realize what a stupid meeting this is or what a stupid thing I’m doing today?

Angela: Oh my gosh. I have so many. But for time I’ll give you one.

Angela: I — you could get extra pay if you came in on the weekends and decorated for the big annual Christmas party.

Ed: Oh my gosh.

Angela: And the woman that was in charge of it, also ran front reception and she was also in charge of the mailroom and making sure that the kitchens were cleaned out, like the fridges.

So she was in charge of the party planning and I volunteered for extra money because I was broke. And I came in to help decorate and she had these big bows that she wanted to put on like a little banister.

And I was just kind of doing the bows. Look I mean, I’m not great with bows okay. And she was like — she actually came behind me and she was like you’re doing these bows all wrong.

And it was like the end of the world. And she was like never mind, never mind. And so instead of decorating I got sent to clean out the fridge and that’s what I did with my extra hours.

Press: Angela, you were talking about chemistry earlier. And I was wondering why doesn’t Andy do it for Angela Martin? Like what’s wrong with him?

Ed: Yeah.

Angela: Yeah, well I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Andy except that maybe he’s just a little too nice. And I think she really loves someone she can butt heads with, you know. And I think Dwight constantly — I think she truly has like a love/hate relationship with Dwight and with Andy she has a like/like relationship. And there’s something about that love/hate that is very appealing to her.

Ed: Yeah, it’s just a little — maybe it’s a little bland with Andy.

Angela: Yeah, it’s just a little too nice.

Press: Ed, why doesn’t Andy realize Angela has no passion for him?

Ed: Because he’s blinded by his own passion. He’s just thrown everything into this and I think — I mean there’s so many things that he doesn’t notice around Angela.

Angela: Totally.

Ed: It’s like just that’s — the lack of her passion is just the tip of the iceberg. I think that he sees Angela meeting a checklist that he’s always had.

Angela: Totally.

Ed: And that he just never questioned. And so…

Angela: I think they both do that with each other.

Ed: Yeah, you’re right. But I think in Andy’s case — well I really admire this about Andy because it’s something I think I even struggle with in real life is like just deciding to be committed and to make it work, like that is a very admirable thing in Andy I think.

And he’s done that. And it may — he may not have had enough data to make that decision wisely early on. But he did it and by jobe, he is doing it.


  1. They are such wonderful people! I love how careful they are with their characters, and how they try their best to give US the best, not just reading some lines. This is a wonderful, insightful interview, and makes me even more glad that Ed Helms joined the cast in Season 3, he fits in like…um….like a analogy to show how good he fits in.

  2. These two crack me up! I loved the story about Angela having to clean out the fridge! It’s amazing how situations from The Office, regardless of how bizarre and weird they are, have some real-life basis. As an almost-marketing-graduate, I’m excited (and scared) to get out there!

  3. This was so great! I love it when we get to hear about the actor’s perspectives on their own characters. Also I have a new favorite Ed Helms quote: “I have prided myself on the lack of dignity I have.” Awesome.

  4. The ‘altered states of mind’ comment just melted my brain! Thursday can’t come soon enough.

  5. “But he did it and by jobe, he is doing it.” TWSS!haha. awesome transcript! I love how dedicated Angela and Ed are to their characters. it really shows in their work on the show and how realistic and complex their characters are. also, I think it’s great how the writers take part in the action and go beyond just writing the scripts. it doesn’t sound like that happens all the time. The simple things in life are the best, and The Office is the best! thank you Angela and Ed! you guys are awesome!

  6. Thank you for this! Wonderful interview and very funny. These are the things I come to this site for and it delivers. :)

  7. I was so happy when Ed Helms joined the cast. Andy has become my favorite character, and I think Ed Helms has given a wonderful sort of endearing quality to Andy that really makes him three-dimensional. Although I knew it was love immediately after delivering the line “I’m really going to shoot you” in the Call of Duty sub plot. that game makes everyone angry, especially if a teammate decides to snipe in Carentan. i can only imagine what it did to andy. thanks for the transcript!

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