Aww shucks, Ellie, you're making us blush.
St. Louis native-turned-Hollywood-actress Ellie Kemper, who is the star of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
, told the Huffington Post
in an article published on Tuesday all about why she loves her home city so much. Fittingly titled "To Explain Ellie Kemper’s Brand Of Kindness, Look No Further Than St. Louis,"
the article is one of a number of Huffington Post
interviews in which celebrities are being asked to reflect on their hometown. And Kemper sure delivered — namely, on the fact that St. Louisans are so darn nice.
“Midwesterners have a reputation for being above-average friendly, but St. Louis takes the cake,” Kemper tells the website.
She recalls how it wasn't until she left St. Louis for college that she realized that smiling at people you don't know isn't normal in other places.
"This required some adjusting on my part; in St. Louis, most people peppered interactions — even with strangers — with smiles,” she continues. She acknowledges that, naturally, not everyone in St. Louis is kind, but that she's never had a rude experience in places like a restaurant, grocery store or gas station.
“Recently, on a delayed and then canceled flight from Lambert to LaGuardia, I was at baggage claim trying to track down my suitcase and son’s stroller," Kemper says an example. "The couple ahead of me, three children in tow, told me to go ahead of them. ‘We’re fine,’ they told me. ‘We live here.’”
Kemper also highlighted some of her favorite parts of life in St. Louis, including Christmas Eve at the Cathedral Basilica, the City Museum and the Cardinals. She also raved about the food.
“House of India and Ted Drewes are my idea of heaven on earth," Kemper said.
Celebrity hometown reflections such as Kemper's are a project the Huffington Post
is doing in conjunction with its national tour called “Listen to America." The article explains that the tour "aims to capture the voices of people and places often under-heard in national media."
The tour stops in St. Louis on September 12, with events at Kiener Plaza, Salt + Smoke and the Royale. For more information, visit huffingtonpost.com.