Angela Kinsey and Ellie Kemper press call

And then people would come in and be like, where is my risotto? And she’d be like, it smelled. I’m just saying like there are people like Angela. But so I get excited when we get to see a little color in Angela Martin.

You know, I loved the episode when I shared with Pam that my knight in shining armor had driven all the way to New York to turn in my tax forms and I was actually giddy for Angela. And it was hard for me because they told me they wanted me to laugh. And I realized — in four or five years at that time of being on the show, my character had never laughed and I didn’t know how to laugh as her realistically.

Press: I mean, you actually asked Pam to go to Starbucks with you.

Angela: I know, I know.

Press: It was like a moment.

Angela: It was a moment. So I think when they told me I was going to be this mentor to Erin, I was like oh my God this is going to be great because I know I’m going to get to have some little discoveries as my character. In that webisode series, I got to go through emotions like pride. I was proud of her, I was even excited to show her new forms and so anyway that was a really long rambling answer to your question. But I loved to see different shades of my character.

Ellie: Yeah I can see there is a warmth. There’s like a satisfaction coming from it that’s not ill-intentioned.

Angela: No, my character was genuinely happy to help you.

Ellie: Yeah. So I’m so happy that they came up with that story.

Press: How much do you think that romantic tension has contributed to the show’s longevity? How important do you think that angle of the show is?

Angela: Oh wow that’s a good question. Definitely I feel like romantic tension can fuel a whole season, that’s very apparent in sort of the Ross Rachel of Friends and definitely with the Jim and Pam. In the beginning of seeing them go from friends to people who had crushes on each other to finding each other I think there’s a good part of us as American viewers that are kind of hopeless romantics.

We even looked on a show that’s an action thriller show like Lost, and everyone is wondering what’s going to happen between Sawyer and Freckles. So I think it’s just a natural thing for us. We want within our comedies, within our dramas we want to see emotion and we want to see heartfelt moments.

And so I think they’re really important but I think at the end of the day for a comedy you have to remember that you’re a comedy. Like it’s finding that balance.

Press: Can you guys say how much we’ll see the baby or how much the baby will play into the show?

Angela: This is what I’ve sort of gathered, and again I’m not in the writer’s room. But if I’ve learned anything from our show is that our show is about an ensemble of people who work together. It’s about Michael Scott and his coworkers.

And anything else that’s added to that is just a little bit of seasoning or spice, it’s never the meat of a show, you know. And I think that this baby will be a little bit of seasoning sprinkled through out, how it is affecting Pam or Jim. But I think ultimately our show is about an office and that’s what will be concentrated on.

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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