Good news, everybody! Ellie Kemper, aka Erin Hannon on The Office, aka star of Bridesmaids, aka all-around funny person, is going to star in a TV pilot on NBC. The show’s called Brenda Forever, and she will play the title character. The pitch is: “Stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.” Okay, the “I used to be chubby” storyline has been overdone since Friends, but Ellie’s so funny, I’ll watch it.
In honor of this news, what better way to pay tribute to Ellie than to look back at some of her best moments as Erin on The Office? Since she arrived on the scene a few seasons ago, she’s been one of my favorite characters, mostly due to Ellie’s adorable portrayal, and she’s been most of the reason I kept watching after Steve Carell left. So without further ado, I give you Erin’s best moments, in GIFs and videos.
1.) Her recent moral dilemma over whether to unpack a new shipment of pens, because Ellie was so funny and because it wasn’t just about pens; it was also about wanting to be faithful to Andy, who for some reason is out at sea all season.
2.) Her insightful thoughts on disposable cameras.
3.) Her fierce music video with Mindy Kaling (aka Kelly) for Subtle Sexuality’s “Male Primadonna.” Watch it here, and enjoy this GIF:
4.) Her heartwarming goodbye with father figure Michael Scott. Not since Michael went to Pam’s art show has a moment made me feel this warm and fuzzy.
5.) Her positivity, in general.
6.) That time she dressed as a hipster and did that funny dance.
Congrats on the show, Ellie! I’m sure it’ll only make my girl crush on you even bigger.