Angela Kinsey and Ed Helms conference call

Press: I was wondering if it was up to the two of you, where would you have this relationship between your characters go.

Angela: Gosh, I don’t know. I feel like they’re giving us — there’s so much that’s going to unfold in the next coming episodes that have been so amazing to play. I can’t give anything away.

Ed: Yeah, it’s also — there’s something like — it — we’re also big fans of the show.

Angela: Yeah.

Ed: So it’s really fun for us to show up for table reads and find out what the writers have come up with for our characters.

So I don’t mean to dodge the question, but there’s something we share in the — what I guess I’m saying is we share in the sort of excitement and anticipation of what the characters are — what’s going to happen.

And there’s a lot of trust and I think admiration that we have for the writers that it’s like what are you — what’s it going to be? What are you going to give us? So I don’t really think in those terms.

I don’t really — because in a way that’d be sort of rewriting the show. It’s sort of a wait-and-see thing.

I suppose if you were to hold a gun to my head, it might be fun to see Andy get a job at NASA and become the first space tourist…

Angela: Angela would be so proud.

Ed: … to bring Angela into outer space as a space wife.

Angela: Space wife. I totally agree. When you asked that question, I found myself sort of like at a loss for words because I think that anything that I think up, like oh it would be fun if my character did this or something — you know, like if you just sort of have an idea in the moment on the set as like an episode is unfolding, I then like go to the table read.

And the writers have taken what kind of little idea I might’ve had in my head and not shared, and made it ten times more amazing and I couldn’t even believe that they took my character that way or the show that way.

And I do sort of like leave a table read in awe many times. Like oh my gosh, that’s so awesome. I can’t believe we’re doing that.

Ed: Yeah.

Angela: So…

Ed: It really is. I feel like the table reads for us are just like the episodes for fans.

Angela: Yeah, exactly.

Ed: You know, they really — it has the same anticipation, the same energy. And I’ll say this about the way that Angela and Andy — the way our story develops over the next few episodes, I would not change a thing.

Angela: Me either.

Ed: I am so excited about it.

Angela: It’s so much fun.

Ed: Yes.

Angela: And yeah, I think — obviously, I think the only, you know, thing that we would all want is that they just keep coming up with these things.

Ed: Yeah.

Press: Do you guys have like a favorite episode as far as your characters’ storylines that you’ve filmed?

Angela: Oh wow.

Ed: I think for me the really fun — I’m going back a couple of seasons. I always — I just loved punching a hole in that wall.

Ed: When everything — when Andy’s world just crumbled around him and all of like — all of his very shrewd efforts to suck up to everyone suddenly implode and the Rockin’ Robin music is no longer enjoyable. It’s like this death (melt)…

Angela: He had a full on meltdown.

Ed: Yeah, it’s this full on meltdown. There’s nothing more fun as an actor than to just completely melt down.

Angela: That’s so true because I was going to say my favorite episodes for my character are always the Christmas episodes. But if you look back, in every Christmas episode my character has a total breakdown.

Ed: Right.

Angela: Like she’s screaming and smashing ornaments or, you know, like full of anger. And that’s just — those are my favorite.

Press: Angela, I want to ask you a question that the documentary crew asked you earlier in the season. How does Angela sleep at night?

Angela: I would have to say that it — she’s pretty, I think, wired pretty tight right now. I think she definitely doesn’t want to sleep next to Andy but her nights are probably — I think she tosses and turns quite a bit. She obviously wouldn’t share that with the documentary camera crew, you know.

7 comments

  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. “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!

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

  6. 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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