‘The Office’ Co-Star Angela Kinsey Talks About Objecting To Certain Character Lines

Angela Kinsey felt certain jokes about her Christian faith in The Office were wrong, and she spoke up about them, she said on a recent podcast.

Kinsey, who played Angela Martin on the show, talked about her Christian faith with former co-star Rainn Wilson on the April 23 episode of his podcast, Soul Boom.

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Wilson, who played Dwight on the show, asked Kinsey about playing an “uptight Christian” when she was raised having a “very warm, meaningful relationship” with her faith and the church.

“Did that ever bump up against you in any way?” he asked.

Kinsey said there were jokes written for her character that she felt pigeonholed Christians and didn’t really reflect their views.

She cited one episode in the third season, in which her character was given a line she felt was “super judge-y” against Oscar, a gay character on the show.

Kinsey said she talked to producer and showrunner Greg Daniels about it.

“Yeah, actually, there were one or two times in which there would be a joke written for her that I thought was just really stereotypical, maybe one note. I like to think of her as a full, well-rounded person. I do remember I remember there was a particular storyline between Angela and Oscar, where Angela was being super judge-y. I never went up to Greg about any joke, but there was a joke at Oscar’s expense, and I went up to Greg [Daniels] and I was like, ‘I can’t.'”

Kinsey said the character invoked Jesus in the line and felt bothered by it.

“I just was like, ‘I don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel good about that. I don’t feel like that’s what Jesus represented to me,'” she told Daniels.

“And he was like, ‘OK.’ And he heard me, and he took the joke out. And the episode, it was ‘Gay Witch Hunt,’ had so many already. But that’s the one pivotal moment I remember being like, OK, this is feeling like a stereotype and very one note. I feel like she has more depth than that,” Kinsey said.

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