Angela Kinsey talks 'Office' memories and new, 'Housewives'-spoofing show
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.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The prize for this auction is lunch with the accounting team. Do the three of you regularly have lunch?
ANGELA KINSEY: We actually do a dinner. Oscar has a little baby now, Brian just got married, I have a 6-year-old. It’s getting harder now that we’re not on set every day, but I see those guys very regularly. I have my core group, and we still get together and hang out. Actually, Oscar started this dinner between the accountants. It’s such a boys lovefest where I’m the token tomboy, because they always pick steakhouses. I feel like part of the man club or something! [laughs] We’ve done these dinner a few times; we don’t bring plus ones, it’s just the three of us.
When the three of you were in the background on the show, could you have your own conversations? Or did you have to be silent?
Oh my God. We were ridiculous! For the first year our computers were not active; they were just props. So we would pass notes like in high school! Oscar never breaks. He never laughs, no matter what. He broke one time — one time! — in nine years, and it was when Steve tried to kiss him in the conference room. We were all like, ‘Oh my God, Oscar broke!’ But I break very easily. So he could just pass me a note and make me crack up.
Oscar’s amazing at drawings. I’m actually in my office right now at my desk, and I have two pencil drawings in frames that Oscar did. So he would pass me the most ridiculous notes and drawings, and I would laugh. And then Brian and I had a glass plate between us — by the way, we’re the only desk pod on that set that had a glass barricade. This never made it into the show, but I made up [that] the reason was because I asked to have glass between us, because Kevin is so gross. [laughs] So Brian would just hold up a note to the glass and I would do the same. So yeah, we were probably not being the most professional actors in the background.
Do you ever watch reruns?
I do! Every once in a while you’re flipping around and you’ll come across one. Obviously, I probably have like zero objectivity at this point, but I think our show totally holds up! I love it. I’ll catch an episode from the very beginning, like “Health Care” or “Diversity Day,” and [it’s great] just to see everyone. We all grew up together in a way. It’s very special to me.
Do you have a storyline or episode that’s your favorite?
Oh my God. [pause] Honestly, probably the Christmas episodes, because my character was so insane [as] the Party Planning Committee head. It’s hard for me to pick, because the Dwight/Angela stuff got so good. There’s a scene where Kelly Kapoor flirts with Dwight at the Christmas party, and I lose my mind and am outside throwing ornaments and smashing them in the snow and screaming. That will forever be one of my favorites.
Do you think at all about what your Office character and Dwight are up to now?
You know what, I was so happy with the ending. I hope they had another baby, and they’re out on the farm, and Dwight is making [the kids] grow up into weird, beet-eating, Battlestar Galactica fans. I think they’re happy, and that makes me happy.
Your new show is Hulu’s Real Housewives spoof The Hotwives of Orlando. Can you tell me a little about your character?
My character is a real ditzy weather girl. Which is a dream come true for me, to play a weather woman, because I just thought that would be so much fun. The only thing she has in common with my Office character is that she’s sort of religious, but she’s religious in that way that some people are who treat religion like a country club, where [it’s all about the] friends and [being on] committees. She loves Orlando. She seriously thinks it’s the best place ever. I have a line where I say, ‘I know heaven is going to be amazing, but it’s hard to believe it’s going to be better than Orlando.’ Oh! And I have massive boobs. They brought me like a box of boobs. And I had already had a push up bra [on]. It was crazy.
Wait, so what was that day like on set? Were you just trying on various sizes?
Yes. It was ridiculous. I put some in there and then walked to set, and they were like, ‘Eh, I think we can go bigger.’ There were a few days where we were sorting it out and I thought my boobs were going to be fluctuating in size through one scene. Our jobs are so crazy, like, what do I tell my six-year-old when I come home? “Mom, what did you do today?” “Well, they brought me a box of boobs, and we decided how big my boobs are going to be.” [laughs] Of course I didn’t say that, but this is a surreal business for sure.
Now you don’t watch any of the Real Housewives programs, right?
No, I had never seen it. [Hotwives creator] Danielle Schneider sent me a bunch of links and told me a few of the people to look at. I was blown away; I can see why people get into it, but it’s crazy! I had read the script and thought, “This is a little ridiculous.” But then I watched some of the Real Housewives and I realized, ‘Oh, we’re barely spoofing anything, really.’
What’s the craziest thing you’ve learned in your research?
I’ll tell you the thing that made me the most uncomfortable: They would say horrible things to each other and then have to sit through a whole meal together. They would be eating and drinking wine and would say something really tacky right in front of the person, and then they would just sit through the meal with a long, awkward silence. I would feel so uncomfortable! I cringed a lot.
Have you tried out this character at a party in your real life?
No, but I think that would be great. I think that would be a really cool dare after watching this.
That show has such a great cast: Casey Wilson, Kristen Schaal, and so many others.
I have to say, a lot of times in comedies, women aren’t the whole ensemble. You see a lot of male-driven comedies and they’ll be one woman. In this one, there’s a really strong female cast, and I think that was really fun for all of us to have the dynamic.
The Hotwives of Orlando premieres July 15 on Hulu. Check out Kinsey’s auction on CharityBuzz, ending tonight, for a chance to win the lunch.
The mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles a group of typical office employees working 9-5 at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.