‘The Office’: The Interesting Directing Choice Made to Ensure Jim and Pam’s First Kiss Was ‘One of the Best First Kisses on Television’
The Office fans will never forget the first time Jim and Pam really kissed. Jim told Pam he loved her in the parking lot after “Casino Night” and she ran upstairs to call her mom. In the dimly lit office, Jim appears and Pam quickly tells her mom she needs to go. Jim pulls Pam close and, just like that, “one of the best first kisses on television” was born.
Setting up Jim and Pam’s first kiss on ‘The Office’
In her book, The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide, Jenna Fischer details what went into the making of Jim and Pam’s first kiss. After two seasons of being best friends who were clearly meant for each other, Fischer wrote “everyone on the show wanted to get it just right.”
To ensure that Fischer and John Krasinski were undoubtedly in the moment, Director Ken Kwapis didn’t call “action” to start the scene. He instructed Fischer to begin as soon as he walked away.
It worked. Fischer wrote that “when he walked away, I felt completely transported into a new reality.”
“I was Pam, I was talking with my mother, and my heart was breaking,” she wrote. “I spoke into the phone, telling her I was in love with Jim, but I couldn’t confess my feelings to him. Suddenly, Jim walked in the door. I turned and saw him and my heart felt like it might burst out of my chest. I wanted so much to tell him how I felt, but before I could, he kissed me. It was perfect.”
Fischer wrote that she, Krasinski, and the entire Office crew knew “we’d just filmed one of the best first kisses on television.”
The famous kiss was actually both Fischer and Krasinski’s first-ever on-screen kiss. However, according to Buzzfeed, Krasinski lied to his co-star and told her it wasn’t.
The rumors that Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski were together in real life
Jim and Pam’s chemistry on The Office was so palpable that many fans believed Fischer and Krasinski shared a real romance off-camera.
When Fischer spoke to Watch What Happens Live in 2016 about her relationship with Krasinski, fans took her interview to mean she and her co-star did harbor feelings for one another.
“There’s a real part of me that is Pam and a real part of him that is Jim, and those parts of us were genuinely in love with one another,” she said. “But in real life, we aren’t totally Pam and totally Jim, so in real life, we’re not the perfect match.”
Fischer’s quote was taken out of context. But Krasinski later made it clear that he and his co-star were never in love at any point.
In July 2010, just seven days apart, Fischer married writer Lee Kirk and Krasinski married actor Emily Blunt.
But Krasinski and Fischer will always be friends because of their time on The Office.
“He was my partner,” Fischer said on the show. “We will always be close because of it.”