When watching The Office (for, like, the 16th time), I often ask myself how the actors and showrunners were even able to film through all of the hilarity. I know some of them were already seasoned stars, but seriously, how did they get through filming the Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) interviews without totally losing it?
According to Karen Filippelli actor, Rashida Jones, she was worried about the exact same thing when she was first hired for the beloved sitcom. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Parks and Recreation star revealed of her first day on set:
“The Office was definitely what they refer to as 'my big break.' 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. 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 so 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.”
As you can see in the clip above, it definitely took some practice to keep a straight face around the Scranton crew.