Celebrity Scoop: Ellie Kemper
Before becoming Erin on
"For a long phase, I wanted to be a nun because 'The Sound of Music' was my favorite movie," she says. "I am a Catholic, but it is a better fit that I am not a nun."
Kemper, who looks younger than her 30 years, has a serious bent. She studied English at Princeton and wrote her thesis on "irony right after
Mostly she studied Oscar Wilde and turned her talents to improv, which she found in her sophomore year, and quickly realized, "Wow this is something I can do!" she says. "I was interested in getting better and better at it."
From there it was an intense summer of improvisation in Chicago, and after school, Kemper came to
"I'm having a reunion with New York," she says from
"And the seasons," she continues, listing why she prefers the East Coast to the West. "Hikes? I can hike to Columbus Avenue. In L.A., I sit in traffic, and I feel depressed. It is the worst. You are helpless; you can't read."
Still, there is much for her in