‘The Office’: Rainn Wilson Reveals How Dwight Schrute Would Spend the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Office‘s Dwight Schrute is known for being famously prepared–prepared for intruders, natural disasters, even the apocalypse. So fans of the sitcom can’t help but wonder how Dunder Mifflin’s most intense employee would react to the coronavirus pandemic. Rainn Wilson, the man behind Dwight, has the answer.

Ed Helms as Andy Bernard, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute in 'The Office' 'Finale'
Ed Helms as Andy Bernard, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

A lot of people are re-watching ‘The Office’ amid the coronavirus pandemic, including celebrities

Even though The Office is leaving Netflix in Jan. 2021, the sitcom has been extremely popular on the streaming platform in recent months. One of the many people to tune in to the show was none other than actor Jennifer Garner. She watched the series from beginning to end with her children, Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, 8, and felt “some really big feelings” along the way.

“It’s nice to know you can still just feel so much passion about something, right?” Garner posted on Instagram after watching the finale. “So, thank you. If you’ve ever heard of this show The Office, you should try it. It’s wonderful.”

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Wilson was touched by Garner’s post.

“She watched it from the beginning with her kids and had an extreme emotional reaction. It was really beautiful,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “It was so great to see her sharing that with people. People just loved it. I just wanted to give her a big hug, but we can’t hug people these days.”

Wilson understands why The Office is getting a lot of love right now especially.

“I think around 2017, 2018 or so, [the show’s popularity] just started coming back,” he said. “People were talking about it, I was being recognized way more, being sent stuff, there are all these memes, and products, and funny videos, and face mashups, and all kinds of stuff, and it has become a global phenomenon. I think it’s brought people a lot of comfort during some really trying times, so it’s been great to be a part of, for that reason.”

How Dwight Schrute would react to the coronavirus pandemic

Dwight is a pretty extreme guy. And the coronavirus pandemic is a pretty extreme circumstance. So we have to wonder what he would be up to right now.

“[He’d] be handling quarantine by preparing for the apocalypse, as we all should be,” he told ET. “Probably safe rooms and ammo and canned goods.”

When Wilson was on The Late Show, he elaborated a bit more on what Dwight might be getting up to.

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“Dwight during a pandemic would be fantastic,” he said. “You’ve got Dwight fighting the pandemic, you’ve got Dwight building his own vaccine, his own antibodies, maybe doing secret tests on people in the office.”

“Conspiracy theories, he’d be all over the place,” the actor added. “He’d be all in on 5G cell towers and Hillary Clinton, anything you can possibly imagine. He would be all in on the conspiracy theories.”