Angela Kinsey of “The Office” visits NU, discusses female representation in media
By Kate Win and Samuel Kim, news staff
Angela Kinsey, clad in a striped black and white sweater, skinny jeans and beige boots, strode onto the stage at Blackman Auditorium Tuesday night. As she eased into her chair, she realized it was too far from the table in front of her.
“Short girl probs [problems],” she said as she laughed and scooted her chair closer to the table.
The event, hosted by the Council for University Programs, started at 7 p.m., but students were already lined up at the entrance by 6 p.m. They chatted among themselves and anticipated the chance to see Kinsey, who played Angela Martin on NBC’s “The Office.”
“I know [of] Angela from The Office…I’m really excited to see her,” fifth-year psychology major Devon Carleton said.
As soon as the doors opened, people rushed into the rows and completely filled the auditorium within minutes. Once the lights dimmed and Kinsey appeared on stage, many audience members cheered and straightened up in their seats.
Media and screen studies assistant teaching professor Kristopher Cannon moderated the discussion.
Kinsey began by saying that she didn’t find herself too similar to the character she played in “The Office,” Angela Martin.
“I don’t think I’m that much like my character, except I do have two cats…and basically I love animals,” Kinsey said.
However, one way Kinsey said she is similar to her character is that she often has a bored expression on her face, even when she is feeling happy.
“I have a total resting [expletive] face all the time. And I’ll be incredibly happy. I was in Vegas at a wedding and I was in the elevator and I guess I was doing this,” she said, as she demonstrated a bored, angry expression. “This elderly man got in and said, ‘Oh it’s going to be okay.’ And I saw my face in the mirrored walls of the elevator and I’m like, ‘Oh,’ and that’s my happy face now, I guess.”
Kinsey was amiable throughout the talk, as demonstrated by her eagerness to answer all the questions students had to ask.
One student, during the question and answer period after her talk, asked Kinsey which character other than Angela she would like to play in “The Office”.
“I would love, love to play Creed,” Kinsey said. “I mean, talk about the best non-sequiturs and the whole scene can be going on and there’s nothing more fun as an actor than being the person who just cruises through, drops the magic and cruises out, with just one line.”
Kinsey also spoke about some of her fondest memories of the show.
“I loved acting with Jenna [Fischer],” she said, referring to the actress who played Pam, the receptionist. “There would be so many moments where we would try so hard not to laugh, but then we would look at each other and burst out laughing. One time, we had to reshoot a scene a bunch of times because Jenna and I could not stop laughing.”
Many students were pleasantly surprised by Kinsey’s warm demeanor, which contrasts sharply with the character she plays in the show.
“Tonight, I learned that Angela is a very caring and respectful person,” said Lana Lamar, a fourth-year communication studies and media and screen studies combined major. “It was also so different watching her smile and laugh the whole time, and hearing her keep cracking jokes. She never did those things in ‘The Office’ so I enjoyed seeing who she really is.”
Though Kinsey kept the audience smiling and laughing the whole night with behind-the-scenes stories and interesting details about the rest of the cast, she also made sure to address more serious issues. One such topic was women’s roles and representations in the media and film industry.
“As far as what’s happening in Hollywood where women are stepping forward as writers and directors, we just had our first cinematographer ever nominated for an Oscar,” Kinsey said, referring to Rachel Morrison and her movie “Mudbound.”
Kinsey said women like Morrison and Mindy Kaling — another actor on “The Office” and writer of “The Mindy Project” — are so empowering.
“There were many times when you would walk into a writers’ room and it would be all men and maybe one gal, and that is definitely changing,” Kinsey said.
One attendee, second-year theatre major Somaiya Rowland, said she was inspired by Kinsey emboldening more women to write.
“I am a theatre major and do a fair bit of writing on my own, so it was amazing to hear her views on it,” Rowland said. “I think that fear of being seen as the [expletive] makes a lot of women squelch their creativity, and I love that she just had us demand involvement and challenge ourselves.”
Toward the end of her talk, Kinsey said to the attendees, “Don’t take no. And why not you?”
Rowland was among many students who were encouraged by this.
“Angela telling us we need to ask ourselves ‘why not me’ was such an inspiring way to build confidence and forward momentum,” she said.
Before Kinsey left the stage, she gave some behind-the-screen information about the season five episode, “Stress Relief.” In one scene, Angela Martin clutches her cat, Bandit, while the office is on fire. All the employees are running around, and when another employee, Oscar, climbs up into the ceiling, Angela Martin shrieks, “Save Bandit!” and tosses the cat into the ceiling.
“The crew told me, ‘You’re going to take the cat, swing it back, and when you get up [to a certain point], you’re going to stop,” Kinsey said.
Kinsey said that right after this, she was to move out of the frame, so a stunt double could gently put the cat into the ceiling. Someone was hiding up in the rafters to catch the cat, while another person with a fake cat was going to throw it out the other side.
To make sure nothing went wrong with the scene, Kinsey said the cast “rehearsed [it] like a choreographed dance” to get it in one take, and that “everyone was screaming and running,” but also having a great deal of fun.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.
“The stunt double tosses the cat up, and it… it comes out the other side — the real cat,” Kinsey said. “I don’t know if the guy missed it, I really don’t know. Then, the dude up in there with the fake cat throws that down the other side too. So, two cats came out, and it was total mayhem.”
The producers cut the part where the fake cat fell out, and audience members were both mortified and amused to realize that it was the real cat accidentally falling out of the ceiling.
Some audience members said this was their favorite part of the night.
“I’ve always wondered if the cat in the ‘Save Bandit’ scene was real, and now I know that it was a real cat that fell out of the ceiling,” Lamar said.
The conversation with Kinsey was both greatly entertaining for attendees and very inspirational, empowering them to follow their passions and dreams despite difficulties.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to hear and active artist speak on her experiences,” Rowland said. “It was also such a bonding experience for those of us in the audience to relive and appreciate a show we all love so much.”
If you are in the Boston area, Angela will be speaking tonight at Northeastern University.
For more information, visit CPU Presents: A Conversation with Angela Kinsey.
Angela attended the 10th Annual Oceana SeaChange Summer Party on Saturday. Check out a few photos from the event below:
Angela attended the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards yesterday and looked beautiful, as always!
Thrillist named Angela’s performance in “Haters Back Off” as one of the 16 Most Underrated Performances of 2016!
Fans of The Office must have been thrilled when they learned that their beloved Angela was going to have a more front-seat role in Colleen Ballinger’s maiden Netflix voyage. As Bethany, Kinsey plays Miranda Sings’ single mom who sports a new hair color, works at a grocery store, and complains about fake ailments. Armed with a not-so-subtle wrist brace, the actress nails her poignant part as a flawed parent, one who wants to be the No. 1 Mirfanda of all time, but who does all the wrong things at all the wrong times. Kinsey shines in her ability to elicit genuine laughter and sadness; she deserves more of these sizable opportunities to do so – Source
Netflix has ordered a second season of “Haters Back Off,” based on popular YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger’s oddball character Miranda Sings, for premiere in 2017.
The series stars Ballinger as Miranda Sings, Steve Little as Miranda’s overly confident and utterly misguided Uncle Jim, Angela Kinsey as Miranda’s mom, Bethany, Erik Stocklin, as Miranda’s neighbor and best friend, Patrick, and Francesca Reale as Miranda’s sister, Emily. – Source
The fan-fic comedy in which Angela appears in premiered this weekend at SXSW. Check out the teaser trailer below:
Writer-director Clay Liford offers a bemused yet sympathetic view of a fan-fiction subculture where Dumbledore and Gandalf might strike erotic sparks with some wizard-on-wizard action – and where Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock can happily-ever-after while sharing a cunning little cottage built for two – in “Slash,” an effortlessly engaging dramedy that somehow manages to sustain an air of buoyant sweetness even while repeatedly referencing erotic fantasies and sexual anxieties. The sporadic flights of taboo fancy are deftly grounded in a coming-of-age story involving adolescent outsiders who write fan fiction during the process of inventing themselves… – Source
Even though NBC’s hit comedy The Office ended two years ago, that doesn’t mean the cast isn’t still friends. Also, it isn’t going to keep at least part of the cast away from awards shows. On Sunday, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey reunited at the Emmys. To be clear, they didn’t attend the awards show itself, but they did hit up the after parties and you know Michael Scott was feeling left out. Fischer (aka Pam Halpert née Beesly) and Kinsey (aka Angela Martin) are real-life best friends, unlike their characters on The Office, which they proved on Instagram with all of the adorable photos they shared from the Emmys.
The night before the actual awards show, they hit up some pre-Emmy parties, where they also had some mini-Office reunions. To my fellow Scranton and Dunder Mifflin fans, it’s as glorious as it sounds. If that isn’t enough, on Sunday night they had another Office reunion, which just might make those on Team Jim squirm. That’s right, Fischer met up with David Denman, who played Pam’s former fiancé Roy. Don’t worry, they didn’t look super cozy or anything like that. I’m pretty sure Fischer is still very much dedicated to John Krasinski’s Jim.
With that said, check out all of these adorable pictures and enjoy their #BFFEmmyParties fun. – Source
The new season of the Hotwives is now on Hulu! Watch episodes 1 and 2 of ‘The Hotwives of Las Vegas’ and catch all-new episodes every Tuesday.
The stars of the satirical Hulu series “The Hotwives of Las Vegas” have revealed the “Real Housewives” on which they based their portrayals.
And one is a shocker – that, gasp, one of the “Hotwives” stars doesn’t watch any “Real Housewives” shows.
Can you imagine?
“Hotwives” launches its second season Aug. 18 on Hulu, which will release a new episode every week.
As part of the drumroll, each actress told TV writers which of Bravo’s many “real housewives” she is aiming to capture.
Casey Wilson (Tawny): “I was kind of a mix this season, Kim Zolciak (‘Atlanta’), maybe some Kenya Moore thrown in with a dash of Phaedra (‘Atlanta’) and Tamra Barney (‘OC’).”
Dannah Feinglass Phirman (Leona): “She’s based on Caroline Manzo from ‘New Jersey.’ Yeah, that’s pretty much what I was going for.”
Danielle Schneider (Shauna): “I kind of had a conglomerate of people. I was going for Shannon from ‘OC,’ who is just a little bird trying to keep up. And then there’s Taylor from ‘Beverly Hills.’ A lot of damaged, damaged ladies.”
Tymberlee Hill: (Phe Phe): “Mine was a mix, too. There was NeNe Leakes (‘Atlanta’) and I threw some Phaedra in there. I also had a big dose of Wendy Williams, who is not a housewife, but is an honorary housewife for all of the traffic she has brought through her show.”
Angela Savage (Veronica): “Yolanda Foster (‘Beverly Hills’) is the launching-off point for my character.”
Erinn Hayes (Callie, new this season, replacing Kristen Schaal’s Amanda): “My character is based on Carlton, from ‘Beverly Hills,’ who is a Wiccan.”
Angela Kinsey: (Crystal): Okay, I don’t watch ‘The Real Housewives.’ So I just tried to be someone who was really important about nothing.”
PHOTOS: Angela and the cast of ‘The Hotwives of Las Vegas’ during a panel discussion at the Hulu’s 2015 Summer TCA Tour.
About the show:
This on-going parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television moves to Las Vegas and brings a new cast of characters to the city where dreams and fortunes are made every day, and crushed every day. We’ll meet a fresh batch of Hotwives – loving and clawing their way through Sin City with smiling faces because the Botox won’t let them frown. Brace yourself for double the drama, triple the heartbreak, and seven times the fake boobs. “The Hotwives of Las Vegas” is created by Dannah Phirman & Danielle Schneider and executive produced by Phirman, Schneider, Paul Scheer, and Jonathan Stern.
Watch the all-new trailer for ‘The Hotwives of Las Vegas’ here:
The new season premieres August 18 on Hulu. Click here for more information.
While you wait for ‘The Hotwives of Las Vegas’ to come out on August 18, why not go back and watch Angela on the first season of Hulu’s Real Housewives parody, ‘The Hotwives of Orlando’?
A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, “The Hotwives of Orlando,” takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando. The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.