updated 12/08/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/08/2011 AT 1:00 PM ET
It looks like Ellie Kemper will need some Bridesmaids of her own.
“I want to mention something,” O’Brien said to Kemper, who also has a supporting role on The Office as Erin Hannon. “It’s sort of a big deal around this office. You got engaged.”
“Yeah, I did!” Kemper answered excitedly about her fiancé, whom O’Brien describes as a “very talented writer who worked for me for many, many years.”
“Michael’s a delight, as you know, so of course [my parents] like him a lot,” the actress said.
But when it comes to the rest of her family, Koman didn’t get the official stamp of approval right away. A couple Thanksgivings ago, says Kemper, her grandfather grilled her on her beau.
When it was time for dessert, “There was a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie out, and my grandpa said, ‘Ellie, what kind of pie are you gonna have?’ ” Kemper recalls.
“And I said, ‘I don’t know, grandpa. They both look really good. I think I’ll have pecan.’ He said, ‘Are you sure, Ellie? Because it’s okay to keep your options open. You don’t have to settle on a pie right now,’ ” she recalls with a laugh. “I think Michael started to squirm!”