‘The Office’: Why CGI Was Used on Jenna Fischer’s Face for an Important Jim and Pam Scene
Fans wouldn’t think CGI would be used in The Office, but there are moments where it was necessary. One of them was for a big scene between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer.) Fischer talked about the embarrassing reason it was used and more.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski were separated on ‘The Office’
Jim transfers to the Stamford office in season 3 because he gets a promotion. This is after he kissed Pam and got rejected. There were a few weeks where the actors didn’t work together.
“I remember it was super weird that we didn’t have him with us for like six or eight weeks,” Fischer said on the Office Ladies podcast. She admitted she was a little jealous.
“He was so super gushy about Ed [Helms] and Rashida [Jones] and working over on the Stamford set,” Fischer said. “He seemed like he was having the best time and again I think I had a little fomo. I was like ‘What’s happening over in Stamford? Why’s it so great over there?’”
The good thing is her real feelings helped her performance. “Oh Angela [Kinsey], I completely used all of my feelings with John being over on that other set to the character of Pam,” she said. “Because you really became closest with the people you had the most scenes with because you had to spend so much down time with them and for those whole two first years of the show I was paired with John so often.”
CGI was used on her face to take out a distracting pimple
Pam and Jim reuniting through the merger of the Stamford and Scranton branch is a huge moment. There is a scene where Jim walks into the Scranton office and Pam greets him with a big hug. But there is one thing that threw off the day.
“I have a giant zit on my chin and they had tried to cover it up,” Fischer said on the Office Ladies podcast. She said they were unsuccessful of covering it with makeup. “It still bums me out today,” Fischer said.
This isn’t the only time this happened to her. “I can’t remember what episode it is but I’m going to ask [creator] Greg [Daniels] because there’s a future episode that was like a huge Jim/Pam thing and I had another one of these big zits. And then when I saw the episode it was gone,” she said. The actor asked Daniels about it and he told her they took it out using CGI because it was so distracting.
It’s still a mystery which scene needed CGI. It just goes to show that makeup doesn’t always do the trick.