20 Things You Might Not Know Have Known About
It’s old news that The Office will be leaving Netflix. We’ve all started to mentally prepare, even though I’m not sure it’s possible. It’s arguably the best show ever in the history of television. (If you disagree, I’d love to hear what you think is better!!). If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for extra trivia and tidbits about the show or the actors that can add to the already ridiculous enjoyment the show has brought to the world. So…without further ado,
Here are 20 Things You Might Not Have Known About The Office!
1. Ivy League Connections: John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, and B.J. Novak all graduated from Ivy League schools!
2. Real Names: The characters, Phyllis, Creed, Angela, and Oscar used their real-life names for their characters. While Phyllis, Angela, and Oscar chose different last names, Creed’s on-screen name and real-life name are both Creed Bratton, which I find pretty crazy!
3. Actor/Writer Extraordinaire: Mindy Kaling, Paul Lieberstein, and B.J. Novak, were all writers as well as actors on the show. Lieberstein went on to produce several episodes as well. Krasinski went on to direct episodes, too.
4. The Hidden Brilliance of Mose: The actor who played Dwight’s cousin, Mose, Michael Shur, was not only a writer for the show, but also a producer. He went on to co-create Parks and Recreation.
5. A Jan by any other Name: Can you imagine anyone else playing Jan Levinson other than Melora Hardin? I can’t! But Kate Flannery who played the unforgettable, Meredith, originally auditioned for the role of Jan. So glad they each got the part that was meant for them!
6. Jim as Dwight? Believe it or not, John Krasinski was considered for the role of Dwight, but upon his insistence on reading for the role of Jim, he wound up getting the once-in-a-lifetime part.
7. Speaking of Dwight…Seth Rogan read for the part as well.
8. BFF’s: Angela and Pam didn’t get along in the show (Remember Angela calling Pam the office mattress, anyone?) but in real life they’re best friends!
9. Too Good to Play Michael: Just kidding on this one because I’m not sure why he said no, but Paul Giamatti turned down the role of Michael Scott. I love Paul, but let’s face it! Steve Carrell was born to play Michael. No one else on the planet could have done it better.
10. Not an Office Fan: Speaking of Carrell, he’s said in interviews that he never saw the British version of The Office because he didn’t want to copy Ricky Gervais.
11. Root-a-doot-doo-da-doo! Ed Helms (Andy) said in an interview that childhood bullies inspired his famous phrase on the show. “After pushing you down or giving you a wedgie, they would say, ‘Root-a-doot-doo-da-doo!’ as an expression of dominance.”
12. Phyllis Started as a Casting Associate, Not an Actor: The casting directors liked Phyllis’s quiet demeanor and created a character specifically for her. She said in an interview that she didn’t even know she was auditioning at the time.
13. Check, please! Both Meredith and Oscar (Kate Flannery and Oscar Nunez) kept their waitstaff jobs during the first season of the show, for fear The Office wouldn’t last.
14. Predicting Greatness: After initially cast, Jenna Fischer, Steve Carell, Rain Wilson, and John Krasinski went to lunch to discuss the possibilities of the show. It was then that Carell said he had a hunch that regardless of whatever roles he’d ever take on in the future, that Michael Scott is what he’d always be known for. Boy, was he right!
15. Oh No He Didn’t: Steve Carell was known for his improvising on the show, often changing his actions during every take of a single scene. In Gay Witch Hunt, he was only supposed to hug Oscar, but shocked the cast when he kissed him on the mouth. The reactions you see in the show are genuine, as no one had any idea he was going to do that.
16. Who Was Cast First: B.J. Novak, Ryan, was the first actor to be cast in the show, and, as mentioned earlier, he wrote many of the episodes.
17. Secret Goodbye: No one will probably ever know what Jenna Fischer and Steve Carell said to each other during Michael’s farewell. Fischer never explicitly tells us what was exchanged, only that she was told to go up to him and say her goodbyes.
18. Babies on Board: Angela was pregnant in season 4 and had to hide behind office furniture, folders, and large purses. In season 8, Jenna Fischer was pregnant, but so was Pam so it worked out perfectly even though it wasn’t planned.
19. The American Workplace: That was the original name of the show. I can’t even imagine…
20. Perfect Surprise Ending: The showrunners kept Steve Carell’s appearance in the finale a secret from network executives. No one knew he was returning until the episode was shooting.
There you have it! Twenty things you may not have known about The Office. Do you have anymore trivia you can share? If so, leave in the comments below.