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Ellie Kemper at #SCAD #aTVFest 2019

Atlanta's premier showcase for TV talent impresses with several fierce female participants, including the utterly delightful #EllieKemper

The seventh annual #SCAD #aTVFest took the stage in Midtown Atlanta this weekend, with several kick-ass entertainment-industry women participating in a celebration of television in all its creative glory. The SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) festival is the only gathering of its kind in the Southeast, and offers an amazing opportunity to its students -- and the public -- to attend screenings and panels with TV insiders.

#FemmeCritic Favorite Ellie Kemper, the twice Emmy-nominated star of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was on hand (and gorgeously outfitted in Kate Spade), to pick up The Spotlight Award for her utter awesomeness, and she is every bit as delightful and adorkable as you'd imagine her to be. She also happens to be incredibly articulate and thoughtful -- as borne out by her live chat with #EntertainmentWeekly editor #HenryGreenblatt.

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Ellie Kemper & Henry Goldblatt (EW) at SCAD aTVFest

Kemper first gained notoriety as Pam’s replacement Erin on The Office (after reading for and not getting Parks & Rec) and followed that up with memorable roles in Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street, before settling into her signature role in Schmidt. But she’s not just a pretty face -- she graduated from Princeton and recently published her first book, My Squirrel Days.

Appearing after a screening of the hilarious and affecting finale of Schmidt (expertly co-written by Tina Fey), Greenblatt and Kemper marveled at the memory of NBC passing on the show before it became one of the first-ever series on this crazy new thing called Netflix. And the rest is history.

She also recalled the exact moment that she knew she and Tituss Burgess were gonna be BFFs, and it had a little something to do with her sitting in his lap during a scene for the pilot, and laughing so hard she wet her pants -- and by extension, his legs -- and his hilariously non-chalant reaction. "And literally, I go, ‘Tituss, I’m so sorry, I just wet my pants.’ And he goes ‘ew.’ It was so loving. He didn’t hate me, he didn’t shame me, he just said, appropriately, ‘ew.’ … That’s when I was like, oh I’ll work on this show forever."

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SCAD aTVfest 2019 - "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" & Ellie Kemper, Spotlight Award Presentation Description - ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 07: Ellie Kemper poses with the Spotlight Award during SCAD aTVfest 2019 at SCADshow on February 7, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD aTVfest 2019 )

And she might just get that chance -- Kemper said she was more than open to doing a Kimmy movie, which is supposedly in the works.

Their wide-ranging discussion also touched on The Office, with Kemper calling out her favorite episodes: "Secretary's Day" (of course) and "Cafe Disco." She's also come up with an idea for an Office reunion, wisely envisioning it as a holiday special. As of the moment, though -- and somewhat shockingly, she had no upcoming projects to plug.

Whatever that might be, it comes pre-approved by #FemmeCritic for the mere presence alone of this smart, sweet, talented woman.