Angela Kinsey and Ellie Kemper press call

So is this fulfilling in a way to also be able to do these webisodes and to keep you always from never getting bored and so on?

Angela: Yeah, absolutely. I feel like what’s great about the webisodes is to use sort of a basketball term we kind of have a deep bench, you know.

We have a lot of players. And webisodes allow us to explore those other worlds because you have the world of Dunder Mifflin Scranton, okay, and it’s definitely seen a lot through Michael Scott’s eyes and what’s happening there. And then, you know, within any office you’ve got the main office but then you have these hubs like what the heck is happening over in Human Resources.

And then you got oh my God, the IT guys and they have their own thing going on.

And that’s the reality of an office and that’s kind of cool for us in the webisodes to explore, you know, what’s happening in accounting because, you know, accounting is going to be having it’s own drama within Michael’s day and his drama.

And it’s a lot of fun as an actor. I feel like they have more freedom to pair us up and put us in situations that maybe they couldn’t do in a full episode because there’s too many storylines. So it’s really fun to have my character, for example, get paired up with Erin which may not happen in a big episode with all the other characters present.

Press: When you think back to these old days when you didn’t have much to do, I mean, is this just a lot more fun for you now or what was it like in the early days?

Angela: Oh my gosh it was fun from Day 1. I mean, Brian and Oscar and I would sit in the back corner there and crack ourselves up. We would pretend that there was a spinoff show. And it only aired on Telemundo. I mean, this whole experience has just been great from Day 1, I’m incredibly thankful; it’s all good.

Press: Whose initial idea was it to put Angela and Erin together in a webisode because a lot of times, you know, the actors will make suggestions, so was it you guys or was it the writers who came up with that?

Angela: No it was the writers, I mean, that’s my impression. It was Nate and Jonathan; this was their idea. And, you know, and we’re so thankful for it because we definitely had a lot of fun with it.

Press: Did you think, this is like the two most opposite personalities coming together and it’s so obvious that they should be together, or was it like, we never thought of that but this will be really fun.

Angela: I was excited because listen, my character has like three shades that you see of her; it’s like pissed, slightly more pissed and really pissed.

I worked with people like her. I worked with this woman who was constantly grumpy. I’m like holy crap do you ever have a good day?

And then one of her favorite days — I was temping — one of her favorite days was the day we cleaned out the fridge in the break room.

And I think she got quiet joy out of it because she would look to see if it was even borderline smelly and just junk it in the trash.

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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