Ellie Kemper on Kimmy Schmidt Character: "She Is Very Girlishly Powerful"

"I think that [Kimmy] came from this horrible, unspeakable experience, and she is tough like a young girl might be tough. She is all pinks and candy and yellows but still very powerful."

After hanging timid throughout much of The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Actress Roundtable, Ellie Kemper was hit with the most challenging question: What her character would write for Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan. With a little help from Amy Schumer, they came up with "Snitches Get Stitches," keeping in mind Kimmy Schmidt's "girlish sensibility."

"I think that [Kimmy] came from this horrible, unspeakable experience, and she is tough like a young girl might be tough. She is all pinks and candy and yellows but still very powerful."

When it comes to onscreen romances, the Netflix comedy star confessed to a “middle-school frame of mind.”

"I’ve never done a sex scene, and I am prudish, I think, and even when I’ve had to kiss someone in a scene, my mind thinks for the next hour that we’re in love.” How does she deal with it? "I fall in love with you for an hour."

Kemper responded to the criticism of her show's character Dong, saying “maybe it was stereotypical and played into some of the stereotypes … but also, Kimmy doesn’t end up with the white man, she ends up with the Asian Dong!”

The actress sat down with Lena Dunham (Girls), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) for the Roundtable, where some the year's hottest television actresses discussed weighty topics such as racism and sexism in Hollywood while remaining unfiltered, frank and funny.

The full Comedy Actress Roundtable aired on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. EST on Sundance TV. Tune in this Sunday for the next episode.

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