5 times Ellie Kemper was basically us in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

5 times Ellie Kemper was basically us in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Text: Pramila G

Image: Instagram | @ellie__kemper

Hurrah! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns to Netflix for a third season on 19 May

Ellie Kemper is no stranger when it comes to the comedic circle. Starting her career by doing improvisational comedy throughout her school years, the Kansas City native worked her way up the comedic circle. Her role as the intern on Late Night With Conan O’Brien in the late 2000s landed her many prominent roles in the entertainment industry such as Erin Hannon in The Office, Becca in Bridemaids, Ms. Griggs in 21 Jumpstreet, Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Phyllis' voice in The Lego Batman Movie and Smurf Blossom's voice in Smurfs: The Lost Village.

The writer, actor, host and new mum is a force to be reckoned with. Although her comedic roles had us cracking in an offbeat manner, what we don't know about this cheerful and bubbly actress is that Kemper's contagious optimism was why Tina Fey actually wrote Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It would be safe to say that the Netflix hit wouldn't have existed without Kemper. What we love about Fey's writing and Kemper's delivery is how relatable her character is, especially when she's navigating the three big Rs of young adulthood: Rent, relationships and responsibilities.

Here are 5 times Kemper was basically us in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

1. "I'll have to check my schedule"
This is you when your boss asks if you can do overtime over the weekend.

2. Finding excuses to meet the cute barista outside the coffee shop
Coffee, tea or me?

3. A beautiful love-hate relationship with alcohol
Remember when tequila shots were your go-to BFFs in college? Guess what — they've turned against you in adulthood.

4. Learning the true value of friendships 
You know you're taking one for the team when you don't mind being the "DUF" (Designated Ugly Friend) for your friend on a night out.

5. Breathing is hard enough
Peter Pan was right. Don't grow up, it's a trap.

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