Angela Kinsey to speak on campus

Angela Kinsey to speak on campus

Akasha Khalsa

Best known for playing the uptight, religious role of Angela Martin on NBC’s “The Office,” Angela Kinsey will visit NMU tonight to discuss her time on the hit sitcom show, her acting career, personal life and more.

Presented by Platform Personalities, the event will open at 6:45 p.m. in Jamrich 1100, and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door; students entry will be free with NMU ID and $2 for general community members.

“Platform has been planning her visit since December of last year,” Center for Student Enrichment Director Rachel Harris said in an email. “Mike from Greater Talent Network reached out to us and had some suggestions, and Angela seemed to resonate with the members for Platform. I think they all must have been ‘Office’ fans. I was a bit concerned that the show was on a long time ago, but the students assured me that it was kind of a timeless show…kind of a classic.”

The presentation will consist of questions from Platform Personalities regarding Kinsey’s acting career, personal life, future plans and her time on the hit show, according to Harris. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions.

“She has done a few other college/university talks and they have been exceptionally well attended and got great reviews,” Harris said.

Kinsey has earned two Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in A Comedy Series in “The Office.” During her acting career, she has also appeared in the
Netflix series “Haters Back Off,” the TBS sitcom “Your Family or Mine, Fresh off the Boat,” ABC’s “The Real O’Neals” and “New Girl.” She also played Eva in the film “Half Magic.”

Perhaps most surprising to many fans is the fact that Kinsey spent most of her childhood living in Indonesia with her family, though she was born in Louisiana. There, she attended Jakarta Intercultural School and learned Indonesian. She then studied English at Baylor University. She describes herself on Facebook as a “Mom. Owner of nutty pets. Actress. Flip-flop wearer. Underrated rapper.”

Kinsey’s memorable character in NBC’s much-beloved television series, known for Angela Martin’s love of cats, nearly constant disapproving air, harsh judgments and hilarious pettiness, is likely to garner her a sizeable audience during her presentation.