Angela Kinsey and Ellie Kemper press call

Ellie: Yeah. I hope they do. I love them … I’m rooting for them too. I love that, militant, yes. They are sort of meant for each other it seems to me.

Press: I’ve had the chance to meet Angela before and see that you are indeed a warm welcoming person in real life.

Angela: Oh I’m glad, I’m glad you caught me on a good day.

Press: How much of that warm bubbly personality of Erin is actually you?

Ellie: I think that I have a bubbly side. I also know I have a not bubbly side. And I hope coming up that they do explore that non-bubbly side because I think I can be – that is even more interesting to see exactly what Erin’s story is.

We keep hearing little bits and pieces of her back story, where she came from, what this girl is all about. And I think she might be a little bit even weirder than we might think.

Angela: Maybe a little more damaged. I think that — I have to say because I’m sort of on the outside looking into this question, I can tell you from being on set and having margaritas with Ellie and just hanging out on a daily basis that this sort of very genuine sincerity that is Ellie definitely comes through her character. And it’s a really wonderful thing you bring to Erin.

Ellie: Oh, Angela, thank you. That’s so nice. And I have to say as equally in the opposite way, Angela Martin doesn’t smile that much and then when I walked on set and I actually met Angela in person and a warmer person you do not know. So it was the opposite…

Angela: I’m just a spaz, that’s the hardest thing for me about being Angela Martin is to turn off the spaz.

Press: So is there an aspect of comedy then to playing the opposite of yourself?

Angela: Well it’s definitely a lot of fun because I find that when I play characters much closer to my own personality, I’m a little bit more self-conscious, because I feel a little bit more exposed as myself. But when I play a character that’s very different from me, I really have fun with it because it’s such a departure from how I would react.

I am horribly non-confrontational. I’m from the South. I usually start most sentences with I’m sorry, so, it’s very fun to play someone who would quickly tell you off or definitely knows exactly what her thoughts and opinions and is going to share them.

Press: Just reading both of your bios and remembering how everyone from The Office comes from different comedy backgrounds, is it all sort of compatible when you all get together?

Angela: Oh yeah, without a doubt. And in fact it’s such an asset, I think when you do improv or sketch or standup in LA, the town shrinks quite a bit. And some of us knew each other before The Office because we had been at comedy clubs together.

And then when we get on set and we start doing the name game we’re like, oh yeah, I did a show with him one time. And it’s really a great synergy.

Press: Ellie, if somebody were as vague and non-specific as Andy was would you be as clueless as Erin or would you figure out they’re trying to tell you something?

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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