Rainn Wilson Admits He Still Has Trouble Landing Roles Sometimes Despite 'The Office' Success

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 06: Rainn Wilson attends the "Blackbird" premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 06, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
2019 Toronto International Film Festival - "Blackbird" Premiere - Arrivals | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

You would think that starring in a TV show or movie franchise with a major following would mean your acting career would be set for life. While this certainly is true for many stars, it's not always necessarily the case, as proven by Rainn Wilson.

Wilson, who starred in The Office as none of than Dwight K. Schrute, shared with Screen Rant that despite playing such a memorable character, he still has to go out and pursue roles himself if he wants to keep working. "Even now, I'm pretty well known, but I still have to audition," he admitted. "I still audition and not get roles, stuff like that. People have this conception that since I played Dwight I'm getting offered endless roles, but it's a little tougher than that."

The 53-year-old fan-favorite didn't specify why he thinks it's still challenging at times to land roles, but one could guess that it could have something to do with the fact that everyone knows him so well as his Dunder Mifflin character. Since the NBC series concluded in 2013, Wilson has starred in Backstrom and appeared in shows such as Mom, but nothing has reached the success The Office achieved.

As for Wilson's Office co-stars, the story is a bit different. Steve Carell, who already was a big name in Hollywood prior to playing Michael Scott, has continued to expand his wildly successful career. And John Krasinski has also moved past his role, even directing, co-writing, and starring in the 2018 hit A Quiet Place.

As much as we love Dwight Schrute, we'd love to see Wilson tackle another major role in the near future.