Who is Ellie Kemper? Oh, you know, just the amazing actress portraying the lovable and always optimistic Kimmy Schmidt. Not only that, but she’s also a triple threat: actress, comedian, and writer. Kemper knows how to breathe life into a character and make the world fall in love with her over and over again. Besides starring in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she also appeared in The Office, Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street.
In her hit Netflix comedy, Kemper portrays a young woman who spent her formative years held captive in a bunker. Upon release, she decides to move to New York and live life to the fullest. Similar to her character, Kemper spent years in the industry before becoming a household name. She finally got her big break playing Erin Hannon on The Office in the late 2000s.You may be familiar with part of Ellie Kemper’s biography, but did you know she was a frequent contributor for The Onion? That she’s neighbors with Tina Fey? Or that her high school drama teacher was none other than hunk Jon Hamm? There are Ellie Kemper facts to learn, so you might want to make yourself comfortable.
She Wrote for The Onion
Beside being an actress, Kemper is also a skilled writer. She used to be a frequent contributor for popular satire website The Onion. “It was thrilling,” she told Yahoo Movies about the experience. She also shared some of the headlines she authored, including the memorable Dog in Purse Stares Longingly at Dog in Yard. That's true talent.
Jon Hamm Was Her High School Drama Teacher
Before he was her co-star on Kimmy Schmidt, Jon Hamm was Ellie Kemper's teacher! She only had him for one year, but she told Elle he “made such a difference in that short amount of time.” He’s the one who taught her that the most important thing in improv is to always buy into the premise. Guess his instructions worked!
She Comes from a Wealthy Family
Kemper was born into one of the wealthiest families in Missouri. Her grandmother is Mildred Lane Kemper, who became the namesake of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Her father, David Kemper, is chairman and CEO of Commerce Bancshares, a banking company.
She Lives Next to Tina Fey
Not only is Tina Fey the writer/co-creator of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she’s also Kemper’s neighbor. According to Observer, Kemper and her husband bought an apartment on New York's Upper West Side, one block over from Fey's place. Now that’s one cool neighborhood.