Actresses Angela Kinsey and Ellie Kemper star in the NBC hit comedy and Emmy award-winning show, “The Office.” The documentary-style show stars the regional branch manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company Michael Scott, who thinks he is the office’s funny man and fearless leader.
Convincing himself he is the world’s greatest boss, he also thinks his employees love him like a father, though they typically see him as more of a distraction and a nuisance.
The show also stars Pam and Jim, played by Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, respectively.
Pam, the formerly friendly receptionist who deals mostly with Michaels shenanigans, has now evolved into an outgoing saleswoman.
The best parts of her day are her times with now-husband Jim, a great sales rep who could easily find a better job, but is too comfortable with his routine and office friends.
Angela Kinsey, born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and a previous member of the Improv Olympic Theater, has had television appearances on “All of Us,” “Run of the House,” a few episodes of “King of the Hill,” “MAD TV,” “Mind of Mencia” and a film appearance with John Krasinski in “License to Wed.”
Kinsey plays a character of the same first name, Angela Martin – the office’s tightly-wound accountant, who, in recent seasons, was involved in a love triangle with salesmen Dwight Schrute and Andy Bernard.
Ellie Kemper, born in St. Louis, Missouri and the newest member of “The Office” crew, first bloomed onto the stage with her one-woman show “Feeling Sad/Mad” at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where she still continues to work.
Kemper will also co-star in an upcoming Nicholas Stoller comedy film, “Get Him to the Greek.”
Kemper plays Erin, the receptionist who has taken over Pam’s spot, while being adorably quirky and unsure of her standing with the other employees.
Martin and Kemper participated in a conference call, discussing the March 4 “baby episode” (“The Delivery”) along with their new webisodes on NBC.com entitled “The Mentor,” where Angela Martin takes Erin Hannon under her wing and shows her “the ways.”
According to the actresses, Erin leaps at this opportunity to get closer to her office-mates.
In reality, both actresses are humorous, outgoing people who love to make others laugh.
Kinsey loves playing a character who’s not afraid to say what she thinks (even though at times she is hypocritical).
However, she remarked that playing Angela does become difficult, for her character does not laugh, cry or show much emotion during pivotal times on the show.
Kemper was a fan of “The Office” before she joined the cast, and related how easy it was to instantly become a friend with everyone on the show.
Both talked about how thrilled they were to work together on the new webisodes series, because most of the cast and workers were not there, giving them much of the office to themselves.
The March 4 episode was a significant show for the series, revolving around the birth of Jim and Pam’s new baby and how Michael (plus the office) reacts to the delivery. The new webisodes of “The Mentor” premiered the same day at 12:01 a.m.
Dan Colon is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at DC741117@wcupa.edu.