Though her initial rise to fame might be attributed to a viral video, it’s safe to say actress/comedian Ellie Kemper is now playing in the big leagues. Having captured the attention of mainstream audiences in her role as Erin on The Office, Kemper is continuing her good girl streak in the upcoming movie adaptation of 21 Jump Street. Click through to read an except from our recent interview with the actress.
On quitting the field hockey team to pursue comedy at Princeton:
“I was always on the bench, so one day I quit and decided to join the improv club.”
On being recognized from her “Blowjob Girl” video on YouTube:
“Um, yes…people recognize me. The title of the video made it a little weird. It’s like, I’m glad you know who I am, but that’s also kind of awkward.”
On the British vs. American version of The Office:
“The British version is a bit raw, but our show has this extra theatrical element that people seem receptive to.”
On always playing the overly sweet character:
“I think I would like to play someone mean. I’m like, ‘When can the crazy woman come out?’”
Read the full story in the Feb/Mar 2012 issue of Nylon Guys, on stands now.