The cast and crew of The Office created a series that was equal parts heart and humor and, as Pam Beesly Halpert summed up beautifully in the show’s finale, “there’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things.” Jenna Fischer, who played Pam, explained why the show is “deeply meaningful” to her.
Jenna Fischer explained what made her most proud about ‘The Office’
Over the course of nine seasons, Fischer’s character saw some highs and lows but the thing that she’s most proud of has everything to do with what the show means to fans.
During the Sept. 15 episode of An Oral History of The Office podcast, host Brian Baumgartner discussed how people have embraced the series over the years. When Fischer was asked what about the show made her proud, she had a humble and sweet answer.
When Baumgartner asked, “What are you most thankful for or proud of?,” Fischer explained, “I am so honored to be a part of something that brings comfort to people and… I get it because I have suffered losses in my life and I have turned to entertainment to get me through.”
“Hearing that people just have it on in the background and that it… it’s just part of their home life as they cook dinner and things like that. That we’re allowed to be in their house like that, it’s just, is deeply meaningful to me.”
Fischer remarked how her initial reaction to being on the show was career-oriented. “All I wanted was a job. I just wanted to be a working actor, that’s all I wanted,” she explained.
She got so much more than she bargained for, however. “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be part of something so special and so meaningful. I try to live up to that responsibility.”
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Pam delivered the perfect last line of the series
In The Office series finale, the characters came together again for a documentary Q&A and Dwight and Angela’s wedding. The original co-workers snuck away from the warehouse to the office and shared time together while Creed sang.
Each character had a final talking head interview that allowed them to reflect on their years doing the documentary. None was more touching –—and summed up the entire series better — than Pam’s talking head, the final line of the series.
“I thought it was weird when you picked us to make a documentary,” Pam says during the talking head interview. “But, all in all, I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder Mifflin was a great subject for a documentary. There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?”
In discussing co-creator and showrunner Greg Daniels’ mantra for the show, “truth and beauty,” writer and producer Mike Schur shared his thoughts on that final line. “At the very end of the day, [Daniels] sort of laid out his view of why the show mattered for everyone, through Pam,” he explained.
Daniels added, “It’s like saying that real life matters and real people are interesting so I think it was very connected to the whole fabric of the show from the get-go.”