You may recognize bubbly actress Ellie Kemper from NBC’s hit series “The Office,” but Ellie has now taken the silver screen by storm in the new movie “Bridesmaids.”
GlobalGrind caught up with the busy Hollywood actress to talk about her affinity for funny projects, music and everything in between.
Check out the exclusive interview below!
In films like “BridesMaids” and “The Office” you play the super whitest white girl there is. Is that you in real life?
I hope not. I feel like there is a little bit, in terms of lameness. I hope that my characters are a little exaggerated.
What are some things that people would be surprised to learn about you that would give you some street cred?
Nothing comes to mind!
Do you listen to hip-hop records? Do you have a favorite rapper?
I am no music expert. I just listen to whatever is on and puts me in a good mood. I love Jay-Z, I love his memoir and I love reading about him. But I don’t know if that gives me any street cred.
If you could be a video vixen in any rapper’s video, who would it be?
I would die to be in one of Beyonce’s videos. If I could learn to dance really well. I know she’s not a rapper, but if I could be in one of her videos, check, I’m done.
The movie opens up with John Hamm and Kristen Wiig and a very awkward sex scene. John Hamm was an old teacher of yours back in the day, if I have that right. Watching your old teacher naked having sex in a movie, is that weird or is that a fantasy come true?
Interesting question. I think it would be a fantasy for any woman watching. Doesn’t necessarily have to be your teacher, any woman would enjoy watching John Hamm doing that.
It brings everything full circle for you, right? To have had him as a teacher back in the day and now you’re starring in a film with him? Talk about that a little bit.
I think when he started starring in “Mad Men” and was on the sides of buses and on posters it was so exciting. It was this hometown pride that you felt. In St. Louis there’s a shrine to him in my high school. On top of everything he’s such a nice person, so when I found out he was going to be in this movie it was so exciting. He’s such a down-to-earth, grounded Mid-Westerner. He’s been able to retain all that, despite all the huge success he’s had.
When you do Vegas, how do you do Vegas? What’s your thing?
I have only been to Vegas once. It was my first time being a bridesmaid. I think we did the slot machines. We sat out by the pool and we went gambling. Nothing too rowdy.
Will there be a”Bridesmaids 2″?
I hope to God there will be! It’s up to people other than me. I am available, I’m ready to make one tomorrow.
So you’re not on Twitter?
>No, I’m not on Twitter. Twitter stresses me out, the idea of it. Because you always have to be doing it. I think it would be a fun thing to do, but I don’t totally understand all the Twitter language and stuff. What if you take 3 days off and people wonder where you are? I guess if I tweeted once a week. Maybe I need to ease into it.
>Talk about what you’re going to do to watch or celebrate the last episode of this season’s “The Office.”
If there’s a party to celebrate the finale I have not been invited to it. I have no plans but to watch it and not tweet about it. It’s an hour long; there’s a whole parade of celebrities, I can’t wait to see how it all came together.
Can you talk about you watching these last episodes and your experience working with Steve Carell?
That was the best experience you could have acting because he is such a funny person. I don’t think it’s a stretch to call him a comedic genius. For him to be such a kind and down-to-earth person is just icing on the cake. I instantly felt welcomed by him.
How did the Internet help make you a star and what advice would you have for someone who wants to take that route to Hollywood success?
I think the great thing about the Internet is that anyone can do it. In terms of trying to get your writing and your acting out there immediately of course there’s no better way. You can really write and get your stuff going, you don’t have to wait for someone to call you. It’s just making sure you’re doing the best representation of yourself. And then making it as good as you can, realizing that a lot of people could potentially watch it.
Ellie Kemper in the movie “Bridesmaids.”