You know them as Erin Hannon and Angela Martin – the odd receptionist and uptight accountant of Dunder Mifflin on NBC’s ‘The Office.’ Off the television, though, they are Ellie Kemper and Angela Kinsey, enthusiastic and friendly actresses who love their jobs.
Angela has been in the show since day one, while Ellie joined during season five as a replacement for recently promoted Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer). Of course, I wanted to know what it was like to join such a well-established and popular show.
“First of all, it was unbelievable because that sort of thing never happens,” Ellie gushed. “So, that was really, really the opportunity of a lifetime. It still seems unreal.
“Second of all, the cast here – and I’m not just saying this because Angela is sitting right next to me – is incredibly warm and welcoming. And I imagine that’s not the dynamic on every set. I haven’t really worked on other shows, but I get this sense, maybe, I don’t know, other people might not be as nice. And everyone here is very nice. It’s really sort of a family set-up. And it was, of course, intimidating because you’re joining a group of people who are so immensely talented and have already built up this fantastic show, but at the same time, it was calming to have people who want you to be there. So, very nice.”
“I have to say, though, Ellie is pretty easy to like,” Angela added. “I do think we’re a really friendly group of people. We like our job and I think that that makes us happy and therefore we have a happy set and we’re also really lucky. But, Ellie is, you know…she’s kind of adorable.”
Ellie laughed, “Oh, Angela, that’s nice of you.”
Jokingly, Angela continued, “Not always. Not always. Sometimes, she’s a real you-know-what.”
There’s a definite friendship between the two of them, as they laughed together. It does seem impossible for Ellie to be anything but adorable.
With the newest webisode, ‘The 3rd Floor,’ coming out soon, I wanted to know whether it was more fun to film a webisode or a television episode.
“They’re both fun, they’re just very different,” Angela began. “The webisodes…you kind of move really quickly, the cast is usually smaller, and the webisodes are usually just four vignettes so they’re really quick. And that makes it fun, too. There’s not a lot of crew there, so I always kind of feel like it’s my friends and I, shooting something on the weekend – ”
“Yeah, exactly,” Ellie added.
“- that we’re going to put up on the internet or something. It’s got a real sense of playful-ness But the actual episodes are just a blast. And we spend most of the day trying not to laugh. Which is a good way to spend the day.”
The webisodes are definitely a fun addition to the regular series and help the viewers see more of the characters than would normally be seen during the regular half hour episodes. So, do they get more latitude with their characters during the webisodes?
“You never want to change who your character is because that’s who they expect to see and that’s who your audience is going to relate to. But I think with the webisodes – because we do have a BIG cast – there’s 16 of us – the webisodes allow us to look back into someone’s personal history or to see just a glimpse of the bigger world,” Angela explained.
“When we did a webisode called “The Accountant,” you got to see this odd little dynamic and heierarchy that is the accounting department that exists within the bigger world of the office. And that’s kind of fun to peel back those layers.”
Ellie added, “I really like the webisodes because, yeah, it peels back layers and you get to see characters in a way you wouldn’t necessarily see them on a regular episode. And again, it feels more like a snow day and you’re making a video or something. They’re cool.”
And, of course, I had to ask them about one of the most recent sets of webisodes: Subtle Sexuality. I wanted to know if they knew of a future for the one-hit wonder.
“I don’t really know,” Ellie answered after a moment. She explained that, in the newest webisode, the band is doing a horror film instead. She’s not sure there will be anymore music because “I think the band sort of changes directions.”
“I think they would love to bring it back so they could find a creative way to make it -” Angela suggested. “I think Ryan Howard has his own production company and he’s going to be spitting out all of his creations from music videos to horror flicks to whatever he can come up with. He thinks he’s a kind of fancy filmmaker.”
We’re definitely looking forward to more Ryan Howard productions and their adventure into the world of horror films. Get ready for the newest Office webisode, ‘The 3rd Floor,’ in which The band “Subtle Sexuality” is back on, but this time with a new project: a horror movie. The Dunder-Mifflin group decides singing and dancing are out, and gore is in. Under Ryan’s (B.J. Novak) direction, Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Erin readily take on their new roles as scream queens in his slasher flick ‘The 3rd Floor.’ – Source