‘The Office’: Jenna Fischer on Jim and Pam’s First Kiss–’One of the Best First Kisses on Television’

Jim and Pam’s relationship on The Office was definitely the most prominent plot throughout the show’s nine seasons. Fans of the show were incredibly invested in the story of how the shy secretary and the devil-may-care salesman got together, fell in love, became parents, and worked through their marriage issues.

Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert in 'The Office'
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert | Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski had great chemistry on ‘The Office’

From the beginning, Jenna Fischer (Pam) knew she and John Krasinski shared a special chemistry.

“[John Krasinski] wasn’t just the best Jim — he was Jim,” Fischer writes in her book, The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide. “I remember the day we met. As I was being shown to the actor’s holding room, he was just being called in to read with another potential Pam… As he passed by, he introduced himself, and we shook hands. It was if lightning struck through the center of the room.”

Fischer didn’t just think Krasinski was the perfect Jim–the feeling was mutual.

“John and I were walking out of an audition scene, and he suddenly turned to me and whispered, ‘You’re my favorite Pam. I hope you get this job,’” Fischer writes. “It was exactly as sweet and cute and supportive as anything Jim would say to Pam. I smiled really big and said, ‘I’m so glad you said that because you’re my favorite Jim and I don’t think anyone could do it except for you.’”

During the casting process, Fischer told The Office team that she “couldn’t do Pam without him.” And the rest is history.

Jim and Pam’s first kiss

There was a lot of build-up to Jim and Pam’s first kiss. Fans had been feeling the tension for weeks. Fischer says, when the moment actually happened, she was “completely transported into a new reality.”


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“I was Pam, I was talking with my mother, and my heart was breaking,” writes Fischer. “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.”

When they were done, Fischer, Krasinski, and the crew all knew they’d “just filmed one of the best first kisses on television.”