Angela Kinsey paid all her aspiring actor dues before getting her breakthrough on “The Office.” After graduating from college, she spent some time as an intern on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” whilst taking acting classes in New York. Then, she moved to Los Angeles and got involved in the city’s comedy scene, joining famous schools like The Groundlings and Improv Olympic (via HoboTrashcan).
During this time, she landed several commercials and one-episode TV gigs and supported herself by working out of Santa Monica as an operator at 1-800-Dentist, a nationwide phone service that connects patients with dental professionals suited for their needs. She expanded upon the experience in a 2018 interview with Larry King: “It was great material [for comedy],” the actress said, making note of the learned lesson that “people are crazy, but they’re also delightful.”
As Kinsey told HoboTrashcan, the whole cast of “The Office” came from similarly hardworking backgrounds, which was one of the things that helped them land the atmosphere of corporate life so perfectly. “Rainn Wilson [had] been a working actor for a long time and Jenna Fisher was working as a secretary in corporate America just a couple of years ago” Kinsey revealed.