‘The Office’: Kate Flannery Reveals How Playing ‘Meredith Palmer’ Made Her a Happier Person

Kate Flannery who played Meredith Palmer in The Office recently shared that being on the groundbreaking series was a dream come true and she finds that it made her a happier person.

Flannery’s character nabbed some of the most memorable scenes on the show that captivated viewers for nine seasons. Flannery embraced every quirky moment of the show. From being hit by Michael Scott‘s (Steve Carell) car to shaving her head when she is falsely accused of having lice. Flannery loved it all.

Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer in The Office
Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer in The Office | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank

Kate Flannery says ‘The Office’ changed her life

Flannery appeared on the series for the entire run, which allowed her to take her character in a slew of directions. She shared how the series was life-changing.

“I’m a much, I think I’m a much happier person,” she said on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast. “I mean, not that I wasn’t before. But I feel like there’s something about when you get, when you get a dream, when a dream comes true in your life, it really validates so much. And I think for my family, like, you know, I was 40 and I think my family is very supportive. But I remember my dad said like, literally right before I got The Office, he said, be sure there’s nothing else you want to do.”

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“And I was like, Oh my God, he never said that to me,” she continued. “But then I really actually had an examining moment. And thought, if I still was waiting tables and doing my comedy act, if that was just what I was supposed to do, I think I would have been okay with that.”

“But of course I’m much happier that The Office happened and fans are incredible,” she added. “I feel like as an artist it’s allowed me to do things. I didn’t expect like singing and, and singing legitimately. And then also, you know, doing Dancing with the Stars. It was like a huge, crazy journey for me. I really had a great time.”

Ellie Kemper says ‘The Office’ is generationally enduring

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon told Showbiz Cheat Sheet that the series struck a chord with just about everyone.

“But it is interesting to me that it resonates across generations and these young kids specifically,” she said. “But I do think it is a very realistic show. And those awkward moments, those cringeworthy moments in The Office setting can easily be translated to school, classroom or whatever it is.”

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“I think anyone can relate to it,” Kemper continues. “And sort of every office or school has a Dwight in the mix. I do think it’s relatable in that way, but it’s really neat that it’s sort of having this renaissance, especially for younger kids.”