Why Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper Has Decided to Become Super Serious

She just wants to win some awards

By Chris Harnick Apr 28, 2016 1:34 PMTags
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Ellie Kemper has a surefire way to make sure she snatches up an Emmy nomination for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two: Get super serious.

Kemper debuted her new temperament on The Late Late Show with James Corden, particularly when she delivered the premise of the show straight-faced, not even cracking a smile. It's dark, guys. "James, the show is about—it's a comedy about a young woman who was kidnapped and held underground in a doomsday cult for 15 years and is giving a new try at life after being released and she's starting over in New York City. That's what the show's about. It's very funny," she said.

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It's all for the awards.

"I've been doing a lot of press for the show and a lot of people have been asking me, ‘Are you as cheerful and sunny in real life as the character you play," she said. "And I, like a rube, have been saying, ‘Yes, I am like that in real life.' Now how am I going to win any acting awards if I just say, ‘Oh, I'm playing myself,' so I decided to start acting a little more serious in real life."

But in real life, Kemper is pretty darn cheerful. In fact, in the video below, her costar Tituss Burgess told us she brings a lot of happiness to his life.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two is now streaming on Netflix.

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