‘The Office’s’ Jenna Fischer Reveals Her First Impressions of Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson

Jenna Fischer, formerly of the NBC hit show The Office, is reliving her adventures as the Dunder Mifflin receptionist in her podcast “Office Ladies” alongside former co-star Angela Kinsey. Fischer portrayed Pam Beesly on the infamous sitcom, whose office romance turns into marriage with co-worker Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski.

While the actress instinctively knew from their audition together that Krasinski was ‘the one’ to play Jim, she also formed some instant impressions on a few of her other co-stars.

“The Office’s” John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and Steve Carell | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank

Quite the chemistry with Krasinski

In 2016, Fischer appeared on Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and discussed the connection she felt with Krasinski and their characters, to the point of there being some crossover.

“John and I have real chemistry,” Fischer said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “There’s like a real part of me that is Pam and a real part of him that’s Jim. And those parts of us were genuinely in love with one another.”

Since viewers of the hit sitcom idolized the Jim-Pam coupling, any hint of an off-camera romance would have been welcomed by fans. Yet despite some genuine feelings involved in their work onscreen, Fischer admits they were too different to actually be a couple when the cameras stopped rolling. “In real life, we aren’t totally Pam and totally Jim. So in real life, we’re not like the perfect match,” Fischer said.

Meeting Rainn … or actually, Dwight

Fischer described her first interaction with actor Rainn Wilson, who played the offbeat, rigid ‘Assistant to the Regional Manager’ Dwight Schrute. The actress revealed that Wilson truly embodied his character from the beginning.

“I remember meeting Rainn, but I didn’t meet him in the waiting room. I never met Rainn. I met Dwight,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “I was introduced to him during an audition, so I left that audition not knowing the real Rainn Wilson.”

The alum from The Office praised Wilson for adapting to such a complex character in such a short amount of time. “Dwight is such a distinct character. It was hard for me to believe that the real guy could be different and he is,” Fischer shared. “Rainn Wilson is very different from Dwight Schrute, but I think of all of us, Rainn nailed his character most thoroughly, most quickly.”

A master of his craft

Diehard Office fans can only picture one person playing the role of Michael Scott, the cringe-inducing boss that never picked up on social cues. Steve Carell nailed the role from day one, playing the legendary character for seven seasons. Fischer revealed that Carell was a virtuoso of comedic acting.

“When I think of Steve I just think of the word precision. He is so precise in his ability to land a joke or to land an emotional beat, and yet it appears effortless,” she said. “I don’t think you ever see him trying.”

Clearly appreciative of her time working alongside of Carell, Fischer sees his gift for acting as innate talent. “It’s just a really beautiful quality, really a treat to get to work with him for so long and get to observe that,” she said. “I’m not sure if it’s something you can learn. You either just have that inherent sense of timing, or you don’t. He is a master of timing.”

While fans are still pining for a reboot of The Office, they can bide their time with Fischer’s podcast, which is now available online.