Angela to topline and co-create ABC buddy comedy produced by Darlene Hunt and Will Gluck


Female buddy comedies have been hot on the big screen with such recent hits as The Heat and The Other Woman. ABC and Sony Pictures TV are looking to extend the streak to television with a single-camera comedy starring The Office alumna Angela Kinsey and executive produced by Will Gluck.

Co-created by Kinsey, who will co-write the story, and Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope (Cougar Town), the untitled comedy (aka I Love Your Ex) centers on a woman and her ex-husband’s new girlfriend who end up becoming BFFs — much to the annoyance of the guy stuck in the middle. The Big C creator/exec proucer Darlene Hunt will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Gluck, Kinsey, Specter and Wauchope. Sony TV, where Hunt and Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment are based, is producing the comedy, which has script commitment plus penalty.

Gluck is repped by UTA and Robert Offer; Hunt by UTA and Joel McKuin; Kinsey by UTA, LINK Entertainment and Fred Toczek; Specter and Wauchope by UTA and Luber/Roklin.


Angela Kinsey gets reality TV education on Hulu series ‘Hotwives of Orlando’

From The Fresno Bee:

In a TV era where there are reality shows featuring housewives from New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and assorted other spots on the map, it would almost take a conscious effort not to have stumbled across one of the many reality show franchises.

It wasn’t intentional, but Angela Kinsey — you know her best as Angela Martin from “The Office” — had never seen a single “Housewives” spat, battle, back stab or cat fight. That wasn’t so bad until Kinsey found herself cast in the new Hulu comedy “The Hotwives of Orlando.” The seven episodes in the first season of the reality show spoof will be available on Hulu on Tuesday.

Kinsey joins Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”), Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”), Tymberlee Hill (“Drunk History”), Danielle Schneider (“Upright Citizens Brigade”), Andrea Savage (“Step Brothers”) and Paul Scheer (“The League”) in a parody of the real housewives genre.

Kinsey plays Crystal Simmons, a deeply religious wife to an extremely controlling husband (Seth Morris). She’s done everything in the name of God, including getting breast implants. It’s her “holier-than-thou” attitude that causes problems for the group.

“When I got cast I told the producers that I had never seen any of the shows this series is based on,” Kinsey says. “I’m a single mom so there’s not a lot of free time. That’s why I have to be choosey about the TV that I watch. They sent me a few links to watch some of the shows and it made me so uncomfortable.”

Seeing the shows cleared up one misconception Kinsey got from reading the “Housewives” scripts. Her initial reaction was that the “Hotwives” scripts were too far fetched. After watching a few “Housewives” episodes, Kinsey realized that what happens in the reality shows is so wild that it’s easy to lampoon.

Working on the series gave Kinsey a chance to have fun playing a horrible character. It was also fun because it’s rare when a comedy isn’t dominated by a male cast. Kinsey also likes that the “Hotwives” cast is filled with performers who have long histories doing improvisational comedy. She praised the scripts by series creators Dannah Feinglass Phirman and Schneider, but she likes that the cast members have freedom to expand on their characters.

“We would shoot the script but then we could play around and we all came to play. Those moments meshed with the script so great,” Kinsey says.

It’s a little bit of a marvel that there was time to improvise since the episodes were filmed in a week. Kinsey says some of the days were grueling as cameras rolled until 3 a.m., but it reminded her of the early days of her career where everyone had to be a team player to get low-budget projects done.

The fact the entire cast shared one RV as a dressing room helped them bond quickly. That’s a long way from working on network and cable programs such as “New Girl,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “Wilfred,” or films such as “License to Wed.”

“Hotwives of Orlando” is very different from Kinsey’s past work because it will be broadcast on Hulu, with all of the episodes available immediately instead of fed to the audience a week at a time. Kinsey sees the benefits of both delivery methods.

“I have met two kinds of people. There are those who like appointment TV. They know they need to be at home on Sunday to watch ‘Game of Thrones.’ But, the way people watch TV is changing,” Kinsey says. “There is such an immediate access through other mediums like computers.

“The other night I watched three episodes of ‘The Good Wife.’ As a working mom, I can go a month and then have a night of down time. Having all the shows available suits the way we live. TV is evolving.”


Hulu’s ‘Hotwives of Orlando’ cast revels in skewering reality TV cliches


Hulu’s upcoming “Hotwives of Orlando” adds a new flair to the parody genre, taking the opportunity to add real characters to the “Real Housewives” spoof. While it’s clear that the show is drawn from the successful franchise of reality programs, the streaming comedy adds a hint of traditional comedic storytelling to the mix.

“You follow their relationships, their wants, their needs, even if they seem a little bit ridiculous,” said Danielle Schneider, one of the show’s creators, Saturday during a panel at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton.

Created by Schneider and Dannah Feinglass Phirman, “Hotwives” stars comedy vets Tymberlee Hill, Angela Kinsey, Andrea Savage, Kristen Schaal, Paul Scheer and Casey Wilson.  The largely femme cast agreed that working on the comedy was a new experience.  “The fact that it was all women and all hilarious – we had the best time,” Schneider said.

“Gals want to do crazy stuff too,” added Kinsey, speaking on the differences between “Hotwives” and normally male-dominated writers rooms.  The environment allowed the women to grab hold of the story, and improvise and play with their characters. Though all seven episodes of the show were shot in seven days, extra takes were often used to allow the cast to improvise and try their own hand at the story.

Hulu also granted near-complete freedom to the show’s creators, which helped in creating the unique “Hotwives” experience.  The cast repeatedly remarked that the streaming service was the most passionate about the show and allowing it to develop freely. “They let the creators do the show that they wanted to do with literally zero interference; that’s something that I’ve never experienced anywhere else,” said Scheer.

Ultimately, the show is a parody of the reality programs, however, the cast assures that knowledge of the “Real Housewives” universe is not necessary to enjoy the new show.  “Reality is so ubiquitous…people are familiar with the shows even if they don’t watch,” said Scheer. Kinsey herself had never seen the reality show before working on “Hotwives,” but said it was clear what kind of show Schneider and Phirman were going for.

As far as their own reality guilty pleasures go, the cast is not ashamed to admit that they’ve taken in the fare.  An unabashed “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” viewer, Wilson admits that she’s “watched them take every city you can imagine.”

There is no straight-man – or woman – on the show. Instead, the story shifts to allow each member of the cast to shine and be funny.  “It was a great creative collaboration,” Kinsey said. “Every day someone cracked me up and we were laughing, it was a lot of fun and I think you experience that when you watch it.”

The Hotwives of Orlando” premieres on Hulu July 15.


Angela talks ‘Office’ memories and new ‘Housewives’-spoofing show

From Entertainment Weekly:

For nine years, Angela Kinsey played television’s favorite high-strung, cat-loving accountant, Angela Martin, on The Office. And though she, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner), and Oscar (Oscar Nunez) may have butted heads on the show, in real life, she and the men of Dunder Mifflin’s accounting department share a real bond.

“The accounting corner was a little world within a world,” Kinsey tells EW. “I remember Steve Carell would walk over and be like, ‘What’s happening over here, guys? What were your weekends like?’ because we were just this isolated corner. We became very close. I love those fellas.”

Want in on that isolated corner? You’re in luck: Lunch with the Dunder Mifflin accounting team is one of the items up in this CharityBuzz auction supporting The Neighborhood School in Hollywood, which Kinsey’s daughter attends. Kinsey spoke with EW about how the accounting team passed the time while taping (lots of note passing!), her favorite Office episodes, and her new, boob-tastic Housewives spoof The Hotwives of Orlando.

Read the full interview here!

Cat Woman Wednesday: Angela Kinsey


I’m excited to announce that today’s Cat Woman Wednesday is Angela KinseyAngela is best known for playing the role of the truly crazy cat lady Angela Martin-Schrute on “The Office.” It turns out that the “real” Angela is an animal lover too and has a cat and two dogs (the second being a very recent addition). I hope you enjoy my interview with Angela, I think you’ll see her quirky, fun-loving personality really come through!”

Click here to read the full interview

Angela on The Friskies and Grumpy Cat

From SheKnows Entertainment:


The Office‘s Angela Kinsey is taking part in The Friskies — the major award for the best cat videos of the year — handing out the Lifetime Achievement Award to none other than Grumpy Cat. Find out what she had to say not only about the event and her love for cats, but having to lick one at one time, too.

SheKnows: You’ve been pretty busy lately, with TV appearances, films and The Friskies. Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming film All Stars?

Angela Kinsey: I worked with an amazing group of actors, including John Goodman and Mary Lynn Rajskub. It’s about a girls’ Little League softball. The girls are all normal, and the parents are all insane. It was really fun; we had a great time.

SK: What about The Friskies are you most excited about?

AK: We found out Michael Ian Black would be hosting it, and I was laughing so hard because I love him, and I clearly love cats. I spent nine years playing the cat lady. And I was like, oh my god, you and cat videos? I’m in. It’s been so much fun; he’s been cracking me up all morning.

And, this event is close to my heart. Friskies donates tons of food and assistance to about 20 rescue organizations for cats. My cat is a rescue, and so is my dog. So it’s a win-win to do something fun like this and also know that you’re helping out with animals, too.

It’s nice, too, because they’re streaming The Friskies live tonight, and the fans can vote all day today for their favorite.

SK: So is Michael a cat guy? How did that come about?

AK: Michael has a cat named Alfalfa that I take photos of. Plus, he’s just great at hosting.

SK: What was your favorite cat video this year?

AK: That’s really hard! I’m psyched tonight because I’m giving the Lifetime Achievement Award to Grumpy Cat. Every time they show a shot of Grumpy Cat, I can’t take it! I just can’t wait to meet this cat. My favorite ones are anything to do with a cat and a printer; I can watch that over and over.

SK: What’s the craziest cat-lady thing you’ve ever done?

AK: Well, that happened during the filming of The Office. They told me I didn’t have to lick the cat’s face, and then when we were filming, they were like, “We’re going to be really close on you.” And I knew it! It was three takes in a row of full-on licking this cat’s face. That’s how much I love my craft. That almost tops anything I’ve ever had to do with a cat.

SK: How many cats did you work with or go through while filming The Office?

AK: There was a time when I went back home between takes and there were about 15 cats at any given time.

SK: Why are cats better than dogs?

AK: Cats are more interesting, let’s face it. Dogs are loveable and a bit boring. But I love them both.

SK: What’s been the highlight of post-Office life?

AK: Being a mom.


Angela to appear in ‘New Girl’

‘New Girl’ exclusive: Angela Kinsey and Eva Amurri to Mess with Jess and Schmidt

Angela Kinsey and Eva Amurri will be stirring up trouble on New Girl this year!

The Office alum and the Californication actress will both pop up in the second episode of Season 3 to spar with Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield), has learned exclusively.

Kinsey will play Rose, a snobbish “cool” teacher whom Jess meets at the school where she landed the substitute teacher gig last season. Rose is turned off by Jess’ diligence and goody-two-shoes approach to her job.

“She’s struggling with the politics,” executive producer Liz Meriwether says of Jess’ new job. “At the school, there’s some mean girl teachers that don’t like her there, and she’s trying to find her place at the new school and see if she can turn it into a permanent position.”

Meanwhile, Amurri will reprise her role as Schmidt’s competitive co-worker Beth, who will cause trouble in his love life. Don’t worry, they’re not turning this into a love quadrangle. The third season will pick up moments after Schmidt ran away from both Cece (Hannah Simone) and Elizabeth (Merritt Wever), who will be back for an arc this season. But don’t assume that just because Elizabeth is only sticking around for a few episodes, Schmidt ultimately picks Cece.

“It’s a little more complicated than that,” Meriwether says. “It’s a choice that he’s still struggling with in the premiere. He genuinely cares about both women and he’s just so confused about what to do. He’s forced to take desperate measures to figure it out. He potentially does some things that are not good.” We hear those things may include juggling both women, which Beth schemes to expose when she pops back up.

New Girl returns Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9/8c on Fox.


Baylor alum concludes nine seasons on ‘The Office’ with series finale tonight

Love this post by Baylor University:

Eight years ago this spring — while this fall’s incoming college freshmen were finishing up fourth grade — NBC debuted a new sitcom based on a British hit. Tonight, The Office signs off with its series finale, finishing its run as one of the signature comedies of the last decade.

With it, we say goodbye to Angela Martin, portrayed for all nine seasons of The Office by 1993 Baylor graduate Angela Kinsey. Her character’s relationship with Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute was a central storyline for much of the show’s run, and tonight’s finale reportedly covers their long-awaited wedding. But don’t get the impression that Angela Martin and Angela Kinsey are the same person.

“She’s nothing like that,” says Baylor professor Robert Darden, BSED ’76, who taught Kinsey as a student. “Angela was a perky, outgoing, spontaneous person, not a grim control freak. Her nickname was ‘Junior Mint,’ and her screenplay characters were always funny and irrepressible.”

Back in 2007, Kinsey was the subject of a Baylor Magazine cover story in which she told the writer she still gets “real excited” to meet Baylor folks. As a student at Baylor, Kinsey was a member of Chi Omega, took theater classes and performed in All-University Sing. Her memories of Baylor include “the millions of squirrels” and Carroll Science Hall, her home as an English major. “I love the beautiful wooden staircase in it. And the professors’ offices are like little rooms tucked away in a big mansion.”

What’s next for Kinsey? She’s shot a couple of pilots for new shows, including one called The Gabriels with Saturday Night Live veterans Rob Riggle and Tim Meadows, but for now, it’s wait and see.

Sic ’em, Angela!


‘The Office’ Ending: Angela Kinsey on what she’ll miss about Angela, Dwight and more

From The Huffington Post:

NBC is in for an emotional night on Thursday. “The Office” is ending and fans will be saying goodbye to the characters they’ve come to know and love over eight years. Angela and Dwight will finally tie the knot, and Michael Scott might make a surprise appearance.

Angela Kinsey (Angela) took a few minutes to talk to The Huffington Post via phone on Tuesday to discuss her character’s relationship with Dwight (Rainn Wilson), what fans can expect from the finale, and whether or not Michael (Steve Carrell) will show up to watch the Dundler Mifflin couple say their “I do’s.”

What will you miss most about playing Angela?
Well, I think I’ll miss the bitch — just the license to be prickly. It was great. I hope everyone would agree that it’s definitely not my norm, so it was fun to get the chance to be someone a little pricklier than what’s socially acceptable.

What do you think kept Angela from Dwight for so long?
Pride and fear — things that hold a lot of us back in our real lives. She loved Dwight, and then he killed her cat Sprinkles. That cat meant the world to her. And he didn’t understand how that hurt her, and she felt like, “Well, you must not really know me if you think this is something I’ll be OK with ever.” So then, I think she revenge-dated Andy. I don’t think she ever loved Andy. I think Andy’s just looking for love anywhere, which is a recipe for a disaster. I think she always thought Dwight was the one, but they sort of blew their moment.

Then, she met the senator, and there were so many things she liked about him: She liked the idea of moving up in the world; she liked the social status that the senator brought; let’s face it, Dwight is kind of awkward publicly [so] she liked having the cache and going to the openings of the mall. She didn’t love him, but I think once she makes a commitment, she sticks with it. So she was in it until there was nothing to be in anymore. Then she could be really honest, and I think she really felt the heartbreak of not having Dwight. I think that’s what she was trying to tell Andy when she ran out in the parking lot before he pooped on the boss’ car. But you can’t be afraid to tell people when you’re wrong.

What do you think Angela and Dwight’s baby will grow up to be like?
I think he’s going to grow up to love beets, farming and paper. And probably cats!

Do you think his personality will be more Dwight or Angela?
He’ll be a rule-follower, because Dwight and Angela love rules. I could see him at West Point or something. And they both love serving their country.

I know John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer have said they had this immediate onscreen chemistry. Did you feel that way about Rainn Wilson?
Totally. We gave each other crap from Day 1. I think John and Jenna had this really lovely chemistry, whereas Rainn and I had this lovely spat. We were both like, “No, you’re an idiot!” “No, you are!” And then we’d crack up and have to make out. So like I say, he’s seriously one of my favorite people that I’ve ever met. I love him. I call him my favorite tall weirdo.

What’s it like playing a character with your own name?
It’s weird. When I was out and about at the beginning of the show, Rainn and I were on the sidewalk filming a scene and cars were driving by and someone yelled, “Angela! Dwight!” They yelled Angela first, and I quickly whipped my head around and said, “Oh my God, I think I know that person.” And Rainn goes, “Oh my God, they yell your name. That must really trip you up.”

Did you know from Day 1 that Angela and Dwight were going to get together?
No. You know, so much is revealed to us at table reads. I’ll never forget the table read where we found out that Dwight and Angela were hooking up at Jim’s barbecue and we were like, “No way! Oh my God!”

Were you excited?
Of course! Because it opens up a whole other world to the character. How will she be in an office relationship? How will it affect them? I would read about all those secret meetings and how they thought they were being so sneaky. There were so many layers. I remember the table read we were at when we all read that Oscar was gay. I think that was four seasons in, and we were like “Oh my God! That’s brilliant!”

What was the last day on set like for you?
Oh God. Gut-wrenching. Just absolute waves of emotion. We were laughing in one moment and crying the next. There was so much anxiety building up to that last scene. We knew all day. There was a lot of crying and hugging.

I have to ask. Will Michael Scott make an appearance in the finale?
Well, I would certainly be the last person to tell, wouldn’t I? Because I’m very chatty. I’m not going to comment.

Don’t you think fans will be disappointed if he doesn’t show up?
Yeah, I do. And I would say that I feel like Greg Daniels wrote a love letter to the fans. So I think the people who have loved this show are going to be happy.

What do you hope viewers get out of the finale?
I hope they feel that they get to say a real goodbye to this world and that they have an idea of who these people will be and what they’ll be doing. There are going to be a lot of laughs, not just tears. I mean I’m going to be crying — ugly crying! — but there’s laughter mixed in. And awkwardness. It’s really what our show does best.


Eight great ‘Office’ moments, chosen by Angela

From The Washington Post:

For nine years, Angela Kinsey’s alter ego has been Angela Martin, the thimble-sized, Puri-tyrannical head of accounting on “The Office.” A woman of prodigious sweater sets and ruthless party-planning skills, Angela Martin is the definitive expert on workplace decorum and properness. As we prepare for the series finale of NBC’s long-running sitcom on Thursday night, who better to ask for a detailed list of her favorite moments from the show?

Click here to see Angela’s eight favorite moments

Angela tells Vulture what goes on at the real ‘Office’ Christmas parties

Over nine seasons, one of the most dependably awkward annual rituals of The Office was the Christmas party, as joylessly organized by party martinet Angela Martin. In a Bizarro-world twist, it turns out the cast itself also celebrated an annual Christmas bash — at the home of none other than Angela Kinsey, who plays Angela. With the series finale airing tomorrow night, we reached out to Kinsey to see just how the two parties compare. Which has more drinking? Which Yankee Swap has caused more strife? And has she ever been in any danger of Phyllis taking over her home party too?

On the show, Angela presides over the party committee like a despot. But in real life, Kinsey is a party-planning committee of one. “It’s pretty much me and last-minute runs to Target,” said the actress, who does wear a Santa hat, if not the whole suit, and has been hosting the cozy affair for cast and friends at her Los Angeles home for the past few years. She always bakes cookies and brownies (and buys a bunch of finger foods — “but the good stuff!” she says) and braces herself for a night of Yankee Swap, a tradition that began on the show in the series’ first-ever Christmas episode, season two’s “Christmas Party,” written by Parks and Rec boss Mike Schur. (The one where Michael Scott turned the Secret Santa exchange into a ruthless game of gift-snatching, and we saw Jim’s recently referenced teapot for Pam.) “Yes, I stole the idea,” Kinsey laughed. “Everyone has to buy a gift and wrap it and then we do that crazy gift exchange and steal each other’s gifts.”

Oscar Nuñez, who plays Dunder Mifflin accountant Oscar, is the game’s unofficial wrangler; with presents changing hands — and more than 30 guests playing — there’s always some whining. “When that happens, like when a bunch of gifts get stolen, Oscar rallies,” Kinsey said. “Last year he just started chanting. He was like, ‘Come on, guys. It’s Yankee Swap. YAN-KEE SWAP! YAN-KEE SWAP!’ Then it got rowdy.”

True to the spirit of the game — and the way the original gang played it — clunker gifts abound. Kinsey tells her guests not to buy anything lavish, and some take the order to heart. “Zach Woods, who plays Gabe, brought a weird little Egyptian sarcophagus jewelry box. No one wanted it. Someone else brought a huge gift that everyone was like, Oooooooh, and it was just a whole bunch of toilet paper,” Kinsey recalled. “But I’ll tell you what: More people wanted the toilet paper than the weird sarcophagus.” And some of the players are less than gracious about the loot they wind up with. “A few people hid their crappy gifts throughout my house that they got but didn’t want to take home!” she said. The game then becomes a weeklong solo game of hide-and-seek. “Days later, I found, kind of rolled up in a fetal position, this weird China doll stuffed into one of my pitchers. It was like a court jester with this porcelain face. I also found a silver-plated cat jewelry stand with holes in its body where you stick your earrings just sitting amongst several books in a bookshelf. It’s like, You jerks. Take this crap home with you!” As Angela Martin might do, Kinsey’s already plotting revenge for next year, when she plans to rewrap the lot and throw it back into the swap. “Someone’s going to get it, and I’ll go, Ha!” She added that not everyone brings junk. Jenna Fischer’s husband brought a small ax. “The dudes were very into that. They all wanted to get to chopping.”

The biggest difference between the Office parties and the real deal might be Kinsey herself: Real Angela gets her drank on. “Of course! What is a Christmas party without some kind of adult beverage?” she laughed. Remember when Angela accidentally had some Champagne at Phyllis’s wedding and spit it out? Kinsey said that would never happen at her party. “If anyone has one too many, it’s me because I host it and I don’t have to drive home. I’m usually the one who’s like, ‘C’mon you guys. Staaaaay!’ And they’re like, ‘Uh, we’re going home, Angela.’”


Angela teases ‘Office’ finale

Dunder Mifflin’s prickly accountant tells The Hollywood Reporter about the emotional final day of shooting and the scene she pitched that the audience won’t be seeing.

There are just two episodes left of NBC’s The Office, and Angela Kinsey says they are among the most important for her character.

After nine years of playing Angela, the judgmental accountant with an affinity for cats, Kinsey tells The Hollywood Reporter she’s happy where her character ends up on the finale.

“There’s one moment coming up that I love so much, but I can’t tell you,” she says. “I’m so excited for fans of the show to see.”

Kinsey admits she has had trouble letting go of her character, saying the cast cried and embraced each other after completing the final scene. While shooting the Fox pilot The Gabriels, she found herself being a bit too harsh to her onscreen children, just as Angela would be.

“I was like, ‘I’m so sorry. I’ve played a bitch for nineyears,'” she recalls telling her director.

Read the rest of THR‘s conversation with Kinsey, where she reveals more details about the emotional final day of shooting and shares what idea she pitched to the writers that didn’t make it into the final season.

The Hollywood Reporter: You’ve wrapped onThe Office. Are you happy where Angela ends up?

Angela Kinsey: I’m really happy with it. When Greg [Daniels] announced this was going to be the last season of our show, and he was going to write to a real end, even though it was bittersweet, we were happy our show has a true ending.

The head writers of our show invited each castmember into the writers’ room to pitch ideas and to tell what hopes and dreams we’d always had for our characters. Some of those things were incorporated, and it’s going to make these last two episodes really meaningful.

THR: Are you able to share what ideas you pitched for, or would that be a spoiler?

Kinsey: I can’t share all of it. One that I pitched that we never got to see is Phyllis and Bob Vance’s house, because I figured it was the tackiest place ever. I was so thankful that Greg Daniels has set the bar for these creative collaborations. I think it’s one of the true successes of our show. I know a lot of shows don’t have that back and forth between the writers and the actors. He did a special thing for our show by having that.

THR: Were you surprised by this season as far as where Angela went?

Kinsey: An interesting twist for me is this coming together of Angela and Oscar. It’s actually really sweet. I am now going to go live with Oscar, so you’re going to see Oscar’s apartment and us being roommates. Part of me wishes there were a spinoff of just Angela and Oscar [laughs].

THR: Who were your favorite Office characters for Angela to play off of?

Kinsey: I love my scenes in accounting. Angela, Oscar and Kevin are all this misfit family. We sort of joked that I’m the mom and Oscar’s the dad and Kevin is our idiot kid. The three of us have sat next to each other for nine years. As friends, we’ve gotten to know each other so well back there in the corner.

I absolutely love doing scenes with Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute). There’s just as spark there and we really have a good time. We both go for it and know and trust Rainn is going to be right there with me.

THR: In your mind, do you see Angela as a good person?

Kinsey: I think she’s a good person. She’s someone who makes decisions based out of fear, so that’s why she’s quick to judge and quick to be insensitive. Some people need rules in life because it makes them feel safe. If you’re someone who breaks the rules – like Jim – she can’t stand you. Dwight follows rules. That’s what they’ve always had in common.

THR: Now that the show is done, do you still carry Angela around with you? Or have you put her aside?

Kinsey: She’s still with me. I did a pilot for Fox called The GabrielsJason Winer was the director and I had moments where I was interacting with my children and I would have to reprimand them, and Jason would say “OK, Angela, that was a little too harsh.” I was like “I’m so sorry. I’ve played a bitch for nine years.”

THR: Can you share what the last day of shooting like?

Our very final scene was the whole cast. Greg wanted us to all be together, which was really special and so amazing that we got to have that. We were in the bullpen of the office in the very last scene. It was Saturday night at nine o’clock at night. We knew all day this scene was coming and now we were finally in it.

It’s our final scene ever. We were emotional going into it and we all had to focus to get through the scene. Then our crew began to gather around the stage. And you could just feel that energy in the air. They yelled “cut, cut,” and Greg Daniels said “That’s a series wrap on the cast of The Office.

We all just disintegrated. We all began to cry and hug each other and hug the crew – these people that we’ve been together for nine years. It was a really special moment, and I’m glad we got to do it together like that.


‘Office’ Mom Angela Kinsey


The single-mom star of The Office talks about the show’s series finale and how television fosters family time.

You’re currently filming your long-running show’s series finale. What does that feel like?
The Office has been nine years of my life. The people I work with are not just cast mates; they’re my family. most of us came out to Los Angeles to act, so our families are not here, and that’s the case for me. that’s one reason why these relationships are so strong. I’m sad we won’t get to do this together anymore, but careers should evolve. We’ve been involved in the creative process of saying goodbye to our characters, so in that way it’s fulfilling.

What was it like to be the first mom on the set?
It was an interesting process. First, we had to figure out how to work around me being pregnant and then everything I needed to do as a new mom, like breastfeeding my daughter, Isabel [age 5]. But we made it work, which shows how great the show was. That’s not always how it is in comedy. Coming from the comedy world, I often walk into a room and it’s all men. You have to fight to have a voice as a female comic.

How did you become brand ambassador for Citrus Lane subscription service?
New parents tend to trust other people to vet baby products for us. The creators of Citrus Lane do the research and then bring the products to your home. I’ve given the product-box subscription to some of my first-time mom friends, and they’ve loved getting the packages.

There is something exciting about getting big boxes of mail.
Yes! For you and your child—it becomes a family activity. Getting mail in my home is a big deal. When I was little, we’d just get excited when the trash truck came!

How will you celebrate Mother’s Day?
Last Mother’s Day was amazing, and I want to re-create it. My mom and one of my sisters came out to visit Isabel and me. We had a great lunch, and then we went to the park close to my house. It was several generations of women, and mothers—the best!

How do you spend quality time with Isabel?
We are total homebodies. She has preschool and gymnastics, those usual “I’m a preschool girl” activities. But when you’re a working mom, being home can be a vacation. On the weekends, I try to have one day when we don’t go anywhere. We stay in and do arts and crafts. And we have great neighbors. On my street, there are a bunch of kids who yell from one yard to the other calling for the kids to come out and play! So being home at least one day helps get us back in sync before Monday and the craziness of school and work kicks in.

What’s next for you?
I’d like to get on another TV show because I realize you can have a normal life if you’re on TV. If you see a bunch of actors on television, you can bet that they have kids. I start in the morning, drop my daughter off at preschool, go to work, and then I’m done by 4:30 or 5:00. I’m always home for dinner, which is great. So I want to find another TV family that I’ll love and keep working in this profession that makes me happy.

Angela’s Single-Mom Tips

Cultivate nurturing bonds. It’s important with others to focus on your common ground, which is the love for your children. Hopefully through that you can find friendship. 

Let yourself lean. I have really good friends and sisters I lean on for moral and emotional support. It has made all the difference.

Create a venting circle. Typically, you would vent to your partner, but when you can’t do that, you need to build a circle of friends with whom you can get everything off your chest—without judgment.

Don’t forget you. You’re working and want all your free time for your child, but you need time for yourself. I get up an hour before Isabel and drink tea on my porch in my pink fuzzy bathrobe before starting the day.