Angela Kinsey and Ellie Kemper press call

I haven’t seen the delivery episode yet but just watching Niagara, I was crying, I was laughing; I don’t know how they do it but they do so…

Angela: The writers are great and then I also have to say that Jenna and John have been so wonderful at creating this couple … it’s sort of in conjunction to what the writers have given them. Jenna and John have made Pam and Jim a classic television couple. And even people on the show, we know the episodes coming out, we’re there when they’re shot and then we find ourselves when we’re watching them, like Ellie said, tearing up and rooting for them.

And they’re a couple that you want to root for. And that makes it very special.

Press: Ellie, has there been anything about joining the show that surprised you or is it pretty much how you expected it?

Ellie: The thing that has surprised is the fact that I’m able to be on it. I don’t know how. I always think I’m like oh a year ago what was happening. And actually a year ago I think was when I was in the first episode. But I think, I mean, surprising in just the most wonderful way.

It is strange to have watched a show like on your futon for five years and then to be on it is completely surreal. And I think that it’s so weird because I go to work and I see this people every day so now I’m like, they’re real people.

But then every now and then I have a moment where it’s just oh wait a second, these are the people on the television show that I love. It’s weird. But they couldn’t be warmer. It’s a huge relief. Like I was stressed.

Press: What do you love about shooting webisodes versus television? Is there more freedom in what you can say and what you can do? Is there more improv? What attracted you guys to that medium?

Angela: Well I know the very first webisodes we did were the accounting webisodes. And at that time is a very new genre, you know…

We came in on our day off and it was me and Brian and Oscar and we had such a small skeleton crew. I mean, I remember, you know, our crew — we were all just kind of cracking up. It felt very free and loose; it felt like something you might have done in college.

And now they’re more organized, they’re more structured a little bit. But there’s still that real sense of freedom and a real sense of play because it’s kind of like going to school during off hours. There’s no one really there and you all kind of cut up a little more and maybe you get your work done but instead of sitting on your chair at your desk you sit on your desk.

So that’s kind of what the energy is like there. Like it feels like we’ve all come in on a day off and it’s a lot of fun. And we get to improvise on our show. We definitely do the script as it’s written but we have this sense of play already on our show. And I guess come webisode time that same energy is there.

We do improvise but I wouldn’t say it’s anymore than we do already on our show.

Ellie: It’s a shorter timeframe to get it all done. It does seem like going in on the day off of school or something where it’s just oh, we’re just having fun. It’s still getting all the work done but — I don’t know if relaxed is the right word but there was more room for…

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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