"In terms of playing Kimmy's naive side, there is always a danger of that being grating or obnoxious for people to watch," Kemper says.
When Ellie Kemper joined The Office in season 5, her character Erin Hannon wasn’t intended to be one of the show’s primary characters. However, Kemper won producers over with her portrayal of the cheerful, naive receptionist and Erin was heavily featured in the series’ final seasons. Her portrayal also impressed 30 Rock producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who cast Kemper in the lead of their new series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy about a young woman who moves to New York City after escaping a doomsday cult. Though originally slated to air on NBC, the first season of the ... Read more
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"We had this great script but they really encouraged us to improvise on the day itself."