It can be tough to stand out from the crowd when it comes to online dating. But one Tinder user found out to his cost that bragging about a famous aunt isn’t the way to go. Here’s a look at The Office star who ensured her nephew would never piggyback off her name again.
Arriving into the world in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1971, Angela Kinsey emigrated to Indonesia with her family aged two, and she spent the next 12 years of her life there. Having moved back to the U.S., she graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with an English degree. It was during her studies there that she developed a passion for acting.
Kinsey’s first taste of showbiz was doing work experience on TV program Late Night with Conan O’Brien where she worked for Max Weinberg, the NBC show’s drummer and band leader. Relocating to Los Angeles, she then honed her comedic talents by taking improv classes at iO WEST and The Groundlings. She gained her first screen credit as the voice of Angela on the hit animated series King of the Hill.
Kinsey later appeared in short film Career Suicide and guested on TV shows Step by Step, Run of the House and All of Us. But her big break came in 2005 when she was cast in the U.S. remake of Ricky Gervais comedy series The Office. Kinsey initially tried out for the part of Pam Beesly, but instead she landed the role of condescending accounting department boss Angela Martin.
Alongside her eight-year stint on the hit sitcom, Kinsey also guested on Monk, American Dad, Yo Gabba Gabba! and Wilfred. She also hit the big screen with appearances in Tripping Forwards, Furry Vengeance and Struck by Lightning. And she was one of several stars of The Office to feature in the 2007 romantic comedy License to Wed.
After The Office finished, Kinsey enjoyed four-episode stints on TV series New Girl and Bad Judge, became a regular on gameshow Celebrity Name Game and guested on Hot in Cleveland and The Real O’Neals. She also landed the recurring roles of Crystal in reality TV parody The Hotwives of Orlando and that of Claire in Your Family or Mine. In 2016 she was cast as deluded wannabe Miranda Sings’ mother in Haters Back Off.
Between 2014 and 2016 Kinsey also added to her filmography with roles in All Stars, Hot Bot and Laid in America. She then played Anglaxia Supremacy IV in Slash. Bringing us right up to date, in 2018 Kinsey has added the roles of Eva in Half Magic and Helen in Andover, as well as that of Mrs. Wallace in Extracurricular Activities.
Away from the screen, Kinsey first walked down the aisle in 2000 when she wed Warren Lieberstein, the producer/writer brother of future The Office co-star Paul Lieberstein. The pair welcomed their one and only child together, Isabel, into the world in 2008. Sadly, a year later the pair separated and in 2010 they divorced.
In the summer of 2016 Kinsey revealed to her Instagram followers that actor boyfriend Joshua Snyder had proposed to her. The pair said ‘I do’ just a few months later at an intimate ceremony in Topanga, California. Snyder is best known for playing Eli in TV soap Days of Our Lives but has also appeared in TV series CSI: NY, General Hospital: Night Shift and TV movie Guilt by Association.
Two years after Kinsey’s second wedding, the actress was pictured on dating app Tinder. But thankfully for her new husband, it wasn’t on an account that she had created. Instead, her nephew had decided to try and capitalize on his famous connection by using a photo of him and Kinsey as his main profile pic.
“Lifelong musician, can get along with just about anyone… and yes, Angela from The Office is my aunt.” That was part of the caption that 25-year-old auto salesman James used to try and attract potential partners on the dating app. But his shameless display of fame-hopping soon backfired.
Indeed, after being informed by various fans of The Office that she was being used as a pawn on Tinder, Kinsey decided to get her revenge using another online platform. The star took to Instagram to post a smiley selfie with a pertinent message. It read, “Nephews… do not put me in your @Tinder profile photos. K. Thx. Byeeeee.”
Kinsey’s amusing response to her nephew’s online dating conduct spread like wildfire across the online world. Indeed, a Twitter entry featuring both James’ original Tinder profile pic and his aunt’s Instagram response attracted 80,000 retweets in a matter of days. However, it’s not known whether being called out so publicly by his relative motivated James to remove the offending photo.
Kinsey also acknowledged all the fuss that both her nephew’s profile and her response had created. After journalist Yashar Ali posted, “I’m screaming” about the side-by-side images, Kinsey replied, “I mean… right.” She also used the bared-teeth emoji.
Back in October 2017 Kinsey told magazine Us Weekly that fans of The Office are often surprised by the fact that unlike her sitcom character, she does actually possess a sense of humor. She said, “Most people expect me to be a b*tch, but it’s usually the opposite. I talk people’s ears off.”
Many Twitter users felt that James didn’t need to resort to such shameless tactics. One admirer posted, “I was thinking he doesn’t really need to aunt-drop seeing how adorable he is on his own.” Others, however, observed that in their opinion, the photo of Kinsey wasn’t the most ill-advised part of his profile.
Specifically, many people took umbrage at the controversial way that James referred to his old job. “Also a former firefighter,” he wrote on his profile, before adding, “You can still call me a fireman ‘cause I turn the hoes on.” Several Twitter users posted suitably perturbed reaction images of his aunt’s The Office character in response to the ill-judged pun.
Just a few days after the Tinder drama, Kinsey made headlines for her reunion with one of her co-stars from The Office. In fact, it was with Jenna Fischer, the actress who landed the part for which Kinsey had originally auditioned, Pam. The duo posted Instagram stories about working together on Fischer’s ABC sitcom, Splitting Up Together.
And that wasn’t the only The Office reunion Kinsey enjoyed in 2018. The actress also joined Rainn Wilson and Oscar Nunez, aka Dwight and Oscar, for a reprise of the sitcom’s much-loved fire drill scene on her YouTube show, Baking with Josh and Ange.
But Kinsey has no idea whether The Office will ever return for a new series. She posted on Twitter, “Here is what I know: nothing, nada, zip. I have spoken to a FEW of the cast and they know nothing about it as well. None of us have been contacted by anyone about a reboot. I love the show, but that’s all I know.”