By Olivia Bahou
Updated Jan 26, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
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Ellie Kemper plays a resiliently optimistic former hostage on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Kimmy’s signature pink pants play no small role. When Kemper ditches her normal dark wardrobe to don her character’s colorful clothes, it has a positive effect on her outlook.

“I think being in brighter colors does sort of make you feel brighter, as corny as that might sound,” she told InStyle. While Kimmy’s “pink pants have not made the crossover into [her] real life just yet,” the actress is adapting her daily wardrobe of dark blues and blacks to “reach for something a little more colorful.”

As for Kimmy’s style, this season will see her in some “calmer” looks, but not to worry: The former "Mole Woman" will be parading around New York in “sweatshirts with cats on them or talking animals,” the perfect complement to her quirky and lovable persona. The Netflix series, which was just renewed for its third season, will return with its next installment on April 15 with guest stars like Anna Camp and Fred Armisen. The show’s producer, Tina Fey, will also make an appearance, ditching her role as Kimmy’s incompetent lawyer to take on a new part.

So what’s next for Kemper when she’s not braving the cold streets of Brooklyn to film our favorite binge-worthy series? She revealed to InStyle that she would love to write a book. “I’m putting it out there in the universe so I make sure that I follow up on it,” she said. Following in the footsteps of her co-stars Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling (Kemper appeared in The Mindy Project as the crazy Heather), Kemper says she “would hope to do maybe a little mix of some autobiographical stories and then some made-up stories.”

While we wait for what’s sure to be a hilarious novel to hit stands, we have the Bridesmaids star’s funny new campaign for Buick to hold us over. The 35-year-old is the new face of the Buick Cascada, a soft-top convertible, and the ads are a series of humorous vignettes directed by Seth Gordon, who had worked with Kemper on The Office and Identity Thief.

Courtesy of Buick
Courtesy of Buick

So what’s the star’s advice for touching up after a convertible ride? “Always carry a brush.” Wise words from one smart lady.