Awards and Nominations:
• 2009 (nomination) - SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates.
• 2008 (win) - SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates.
• 2007 (win) - SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates.
• 2006 (win) - Women in Film's WIN Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with female castmates.
Phyllis admits to being a total geek in high school.
Phyllis thought she was just doing her job as a casting director, when she was asked to read lines for The Office characters during auditions for the show. The show's producers were really auditioning Phyllis.
She has been living in Los Angeles, California. (2009)
She has worked as the receptionist for an aerospace defense company, where she earned the "Employee of the Year" award.
She has been a part of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for more than eighteen years.
She studied with Marjorie Mendolia of the San Carlo Opera Company for ballet and tap.
She received full scholarships in dance from Kansas University and Tulsa University, where she attended during high school and college.
She is very hardworking and has worked as a pre-school teacher, a warehouse worker, a receptionist and a movie theater ticket taker.
Her greatest passion is dancing.
She made her acting debut in the year 2005 in the TV series Arrested Development.
She likes knitting.
She has previously worked as a receptionist for casting agencies.
Phyllis had to quit dancing when she suffered a knee injury.
The role of Phyllis Lapin was not originally written into the pilot for The Office. She was working as a casting director for the show, and the producers were so impressed with her line readings they created the role just for her.
Phyllis has toured the country as a dancer for a burlesque show, and was a dancer and comic skit performer for the Mercer Brother's show Giggles Galore.
Phyllis earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Phyllis is a former ballet dancer with the St. Louis Civic Ballet and the St. Louis Dance Theater.
Phyllis: I walked around in my own anonymity for years. When I was younger, I may have turned a few heads because I was tall and thin. I wasn't real attractive, just sort of in the nebulous middle. Then I got older and got heavy, and people stopped holding doors for me at the bank-it was like I wasn't even there.
Phyllis: (on dating anyone; during a September 2007 interview) No one's ever asked me about that. Right now, I'm just not in a relationship. I've met a couple Mr. Almosts, but no Mr. Right.
Phyllis: (On working as a casting director for 18 years) I had been honing a craft I didn't really know I was honing. God did have a better plan for me.
Phyllis: In my casting life, it was nothing to work 12-hour days, so Monday through Friday, you're getting up and going to work. Please don't misinterpret-I loved my casting work and being with actors, but it was a full, 12-hour day. So I don't think I would have had the energy that I have now. There's just a pressure that's off now, so it frees you up to do other things that you want to do just because you love them.
Phyllis: I was like two different people when I was onstage and offstage. When I was onstage, I really beamed.
Phyllis: (On the differences between her and her The Office character) I think I know myself better than she does.
Phyllis: (On the 2007 writer's strike) The strike was necessary. I'm glad it's settled, and I'm glad to get back to work.
Phyllis: I know who I am as a person. And I am very happy with where I am.