Angela Kinsey Shares How Her Daughter Isabel Makes Her ‘Heart Melt’

08/23/2016 at 11:30 AM ET

Angela Kinsey Daughter Isabel
Robert Trachtenberg

Angela Kinsey has a mini-me on her hands: her 8-year-old daughter Isabel Ruby.

“She’s so sweet,” the former star of The Office, 45, tells PEOPLE. “She loves to draw me notes. She writes, ‘Mom, I love you. You’re the best mom ever.’ ”

As if that wasn’t enough warm fuzziness, there’s more.

“She has this expression she made up,” she explains. “I don’t know where it came from, but it absolutely makes my heart melt. She says, ‘Mom, I love you with the hope of my heart.’ I don’t even know what that means, but it’s so sweet.”

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter.

The comedian — who split from Isabel’s dad, writer and producer Warren Lieberstein, in 2009 — says that her little one is a “great combo” of the two of them.

“I always get told that she looks a lot like her dad but has a lot of my quirks,” says Kinsey.

Meaning, Isabel takes after her mom’s personality in more ways than one.

“She has a very funny perspective on life,” she admits. “For a young kid … I don’t know if it’s because we’re both comedians and she’s around a lot for comedians, she understands sarcasm. I think funny people tend to be a little sarcastic.”

#fbf a perfect evening in Texas with my lil gal and Duke the farm dog ❤️

A photo posted by Angela Kinsey (@angelakinsey) on

On top of her stellar personality, Kinsey — who just got engaged to beau Joshua Snyder — explains that her daughter‘s honesty helps her laugh at herself most of the time.

“We might see a neighbor, and they’ll say, ‘Your hair looks nice,’ ” says the actress, who will next star in the Netflix comedy series Haters Back Off as the mother of YouTube sensation Colleen Ballinger-Evans — A.K.A. Miranda Sings.

“And I’m like, ‘Oh, I didn’t really do much with it,’ ” Kinsey continues. “And Isabel will say, ‘Yeah, you did. It took you, like, five tries to get that ponytail!’ ”

For more from Angela Kinsey, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

Christina Dugan

Share this story:

Your reaction:

Add A Comment

PEOPLE.com reserves the right to remove comments at their discretion.

Showing 0 comments

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters