When The Office went off the air in 2013, we all thought that was the last we hear of our favourite dysfunctional work-family (Jim and Pam FOREVER!). But since we still can’t seem to get enough even six years later, actresses (and real-life BFFs) Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) have regrouped to form an Office Ladies podcast, talking all things Dunder Mifflin.
Fischer and Kinsley stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last night to chat about Office news both old and new, including a taste of some juicy behind-the-scenes morsels and the recent revelations about the show’s writers room. TBH, Office Ladies is the podcast we didn’t know we needed but we definitely deserve.
Obviously, the ladies aren’t giving away all of the podcast goodies on late night TV but they did drop some little tidbits about the show’s finale. Like, the fact that our favourite stone-faced misanthrope and awkward-conversationalist Rainn Wilson actually cries like a big bespectacled bambino. When a caller on WWHL‘s After Show asked the Office Ladies who was the saddest to see the show end, Angela revealed that the producers made sure the entire cast had one final scene together before the show was officially wrapped, and that evoked some major waterworks from one of the most stoic characters.
“We had this big group scene,” she explained. “And we were all together, and they said, ‘That is a series wrap on the cast of The Office!’—” At which point Jenna interrupted Angela’s story, clasping her hand over her mouth and whispering, “I’m going to cry now!” Awww, Pam! SAME.
“We all did!”Kinsey continued, before adding, “And Rainn Wilson BROKE DOWN.”
Of course, a chat about The Office insider info would not be complete without mentioning Mindy Kaling’s recent Elle interview where she revealed she was “singled out” by the Television Academy despite being a credited producer-writer-actress on the show and forced to prove her contributions in a way that the other, white male, producer didn’t have to. Kaling has suggested the snub was due to her status as the only woman of colour in the writers room.
I’ve never wanted to bring up that incident because The Office was one of the greatest creative experiences of my life, and who would want to have an adversarial relationship with the Academy, who has the ongoing power to enhance our careers with awards? (1)
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) October 9, 2019
Though Fischer had already spoken about the revelation to Buzzfeed, she was more than willing to voice her support to Cohen.
“I didn’t know about it,” both Jenna and Angela said in unison, before Jenna continued, “I love that she spoke out about that, because Mindy was one of our original writers, she was on the original writing staff from episode number one!”
“She was the only woman in the room!” Angela added. “She’s amazing, she’s so smart and so funny, and that really stinks, so I’m glad she spoke out.”