1. What has been your strangest fan encounter?
Kate Flannery: I had a seventh-grader from Florida who somehow found my number on the Internet, and he was calling me and asking to party with Meredith [her character on The Office]. His name was Sheldon and his voice hadn’t changed.
2. You’re at a magazine rack and can pick three magazines. What are they?
I’m going to say Interview, New York magazine and Vanity Fair.
3. What’s your favorite sports team?
I’m a Philadelphia girl, so I’m going to say the Philadelphia Eagles. They need a break. And [there’s] the fact that my brother looks like Andy Reid, the coach. My family owns a bar in Philadelphia, so I think he should be capitalizing on the fact that he looks like Andy Reid. “Come by and have a drink with Andy Reid.”
4. When was the last time you were starstruck?
Oh, that’s easy. I just met Carol Burnett at the TCA Awards. The Office won [for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy], so we were there for the ceremony. Carol Burnett won the lifetime achievement award, and at the end of her speech she said, “I’m not retired. I won’t retire. And I’d love to work on The Office.” After the ceremony, we all got to talk to her. When I saw her [earlier in the night] as I was going into the ladies’ room and she was coming out, I couldn’t breathe.
5. If your TV only carried three shows, which three would you want?
Of course I’m going to say The Office. I’m going to say Heroes because I’m really hooked right now. And I’m going to say The Sopranos — I can’t wait till it comes back.
6. When was the last time you felt like crying?
Sunday. My boyfriend surprised me with a gondola ride through the canals of Long Beach. It was a really, really romantic night, and he just blew me away.
7. What’s your favorite condiment?
Mustard. Grey Poupon. I’m old school.
8. Given that Meredith is a bit of a drinker — what are the main ingredients in a Long Island Iced Tea?
OK, it’s five liquors. It’s all the clear liquors. It’s gin, vodka … I think, triple sec. There might be two dark liquors in it. Is it bourbon and rum? I know there’s a splash of Coke in it, and, of course, the lemon … but what’s the other booze?
[Swap that bourbon for tequila, add some sour mix and you’re set, Kate. Meredith would be proud.]
The Office airs Thursdays on NBC.