Why Rashida Jones Admitted She Had 'Anxiety and Insomnia' for Weeks Over Her Role on 'The Office'

Rashida Jones explained why she had anxiety about taking on her role on 'The Office.'
Rashida Jones explained why she had anxiety about taking on her role on 'The Office.' | Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Being a newbie on a show as beloved as The Office had to be intimidating. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rashida Jones had the jitters for a plethora of reasons when it came time for her big Dunder Mifflin debut as Karen Filippelli.

For starters, Jones said it was a major turning point in her career. The actress told the publication, "The Office was definitely what they refer to as 'my big break.'" She went on to explain how she felt about being the woman standing between everyone's favorite Scranton couple, saying, "I had anxiety and insomnia for the three weeks before my season aired because I was sure people would come and egg my house for getting in between Pam and Jim." Can't blame her there.

And of course, one of the hardest parts of joining the hilarious cast of The Office had to be keeping a straight face while filming. She added, "My first day on the Scranton set, I was sure I was going to get fired because we were doing a conference room scene and Steve Carell was being thoroughly and relentlessly funny that I couldn't stop laughing. He did something different, weird and incredible with every take. I seriously thought I was going to be excused, I was guffawing while they were rolling."

Luckily, Jones absolutely killed it on The Office, and even though we were all shipping Jim and Pam together, Karen still has a special place in our hearts.