It can be tough to stand out from the crowd when it comes to online dating. But one Tinder user found to his cost that bragging about a famous aunt isn’t the way to find love. Here’s a look at the Office star who tried to ensure that 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 would spend the next 12 years of her life in the Asian country. Then, after having moved back to the U.S., Kinsey graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with an English degree. It was during her studies, moreover, that she developed a passion for acting.
And Kinsey’s first taste of showbiz was doing work experience on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, where she assisted 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 also gained her first screen credit as the voice of Angela in 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. Her big break came in 2005, however, when she earned a place in the U.S. remake of Ricky Gervais comedy series The Office. Kinsey had initially tried out for the part of Pam Beesly; instead, though, 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. What’s more, she was one of several stars of The Office to feature in the 2007 romantic comedy License to Wed.
Then, after The Office finished in 2013, Kinsey enjoyed four-episode stints on TV series New Girl and Bad Judge, became a regular on game show 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. Meanwhile, in 2016 she appeared 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 to her acting résumé.
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 also welcomed their one and only child together, Isabel, in 2008. Sadly, though, a year later, the pair separated, and in 2010 they divorced.
Then, 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 perhaps best known for playing Eli in TV soap Days of Our Lives, although he has also appeared in the TV series CSI: NY and General Hospital: Night Shift as well as TV movie Guilt by Association.
Two years after Kinsey’s second wedding, however, the actress was pictured on dating app Tinder. But thankfully for her 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 accompanied by a pertinent message that read, “Nephews… do not put me in your @Tinder profile photos. K. Thx. Byeeeee.”
And Kinsey’s amusing response to her nephew’s online dating conduct spread like wildfire; a Twitter post featuring both James’ original Tinder profile pic and his aunt’s Instagram response attracted 80,000 retweets within 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.
And back in October 2017, Kinsey told Us Weekly that fans of The Office often don’t expect her to possess a sense of humor. She said, “Most people expect me to be a bitch, but it’s usually the opposite. I talk people’s ears off.”
As for James’ shameless name-dropping? Well, some Twitter users felt that he didn’t need to resort to those kind of tactics. One admirer posted, for instance, “I was thinking he doesn’t really need to aunt-drop seeing how adorable he is on his own.” Others believed, however, that the photo of Kinsey wasn’t the most ill-advised part of his profile.
Specifically, several people took umbrage at the controversial way in which James had referred to his old job. “Also a former firefighter,” he had written 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, though, Kinsey made headlines again for her reunion with one of her co-stars from The Office. The star appeared alongside Jenna Fischer, the actress who had landed the part for which Kinsey had originally auditioned. And the duo posted Instagram stories about working together on Fischer’s ABC sitcom Splitting Up Together.
Kinsey reunited with another pair of her former Office co-stars too. In 2018 the actress teamed up with Rainn Wilson and Oscar Nunez – a.k.a. 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 has 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.”