Jenna Fischer rocks the OTCR

The Office Jenna Fischer

The best ticket in town —
The Office’s Jenna Fischer paid a special visit to the OfficeTally Chat Room tonight!

Since we weren’t sure exactly when she’d be stopping by, the OTCR was abuzz with activity all afternoon. One faithful Tallyhead waited eight and a half hours! Another likened the anticipation to “waiting outside of Best Buy for a Wii.”

All in all, Jenna answered questions for over an hour, keeping more than 50 Tallyheads in rapt attention.

Thank you so much, Jenna, for stopping by!

A full transcript follows. Cluck cluck!

tanster: Hello Jenna!
JennaFischer: Hello Tanster!
tanster: A warm welcome to Jenna Fischer, who is our special guest tonight!
tanster: The chat room is now in moderated mode, which means everything you enter is submitted into a queue for approval. Please feel free to submit a question for Jenna!
JennaFischer: Hi Everyone!
tanster: Are you ready to get started, Jenna?
JennaFischer: Yes … I’m ready!
MNFan: Jenna ~ it’s been nearly a year since your accident. You’ve been in our thoughts and prayers so often. How are you feeling and have you made a near full recovery yet?
JennaFischer: That is very sweet …!
JennaFischer: I’ve made a full recovery. It was a long road.
JennaFischer: My fractures were healed as of November. That is when I started physical therapy. The strike was actually perfectly timed in terms of my recovery.
JennaFischer: I was able to do my physical therapy 3 days a week. And, now, I am working out with a trainer and hiking and doing almost all of my favorite things again…no jogging yet … but I’m not sure I’d classify that as a “favorite” thing anyway :)

LovesItalianFood: jenna huge fan….any new projects you are currently considering? thanks for being so gracious
JennaFischer: I don’t have any new projects in the works. There is a film I did last year called The Promotion that comes out June 6th.
JennaFischer: So far, I’m planning to vacation on my summer break.
JennaFischer: I have a project I’m producing but that won’t be until next summer.

shan: Did you have fun filming NBC’s “Adventures with Angela” shorts, or was it weird having a camera around when you weren’t at work?
JennaFischer: Well, it is always fun being with Angela. But I have to admit I’m would not like to be on a reality program. It is weird having your conversations taped and being followed by a camera in real life. There is a part of me that feels like I have to perform. Like, when we got off the plane in New York, if there wasn’t a camera there I probably would have been tired and crabby … I get crabby when I travel.
JennaFischer: Angela knows this. We’ve traveled a few times together.

Jim Mosby: Hi Jenna, on behalf of all the OT Chat Room chatters – welcome :) Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule for us. :D
JennaFischer: Hi Jim!

tanster: Jenna, it’s been one big party in here all afternoon, waiting for your arrival :)
JennaFischer: Oh boy!
JennaFischer: I’m glad it worked out.

GMMR (kath): Jenna – Thanks for chatting with us tonight. Is there one episode or one scene that sticks out in your mind as the funniest from a behind-the-scenes standpoint? One that you just had a hard time getting through? Thanks!
JennaFischer: The new episodes are SO GREAT!
JennaFischer: Well, I loved doing Dinner Party.
JennaFischer: That is the one that runs this week.
tanster: Yes, we’ve seen clips of it. Looks hilarious!
JennaFischer: It is fun when we go on location. People hang out on the set more and we joke around more it seems.
JennaFischer: John, Melora and I have a scene in Dinner Party that we could not get through.
JennaFischer: We were laughing SO HARD. She creeps up on us in a hallway and every time she said her line we lost it.
GMMR (kath): Thanks!

Mexicanity: Jenna … we’ve heard you hint of a curveball for Jim and Pam, any hints as to what that may be about?
JennaFischer: Well … as far as the curveball remark …
JennaFischer: I was originally told that they weren’t going to do much with Jim and Pam because of the small amount of time. I guess they had a big arc planned but didn’t have time to do everything with the shortened season.
JennaFischer: But then, at our second table read there was this thing that happened and I thought, “Well, so much for not doing much with Jim and Pam”. But that’s all I think I’m allowed to say.
Mexicanity: Thanks!! Can’t wait for my Thursday nights to be right!

tanster: You mentioned your big TV Guide cover in your blog this week
JennaFischer: Yes! John, Rainn and I are on the cover of TV Guide.
tanster: Can’t wait to see that.
JennaFischer: I’m very excited to see how it turned out. We shot several options.

bob_vance: Your character changed between season 3 and 4, do you approach Pam differently now than you did in season 3?
JennaFischer: I have to approach Pam differently because she has new and different character information.
Danny: speaking of new character information. any hints on what the thing is about pam that we have never known before?
JennaFischer: For example, she is in a loving relationship, she has found her voice, she has started art classes. All of these things must inform the character and we need to see these changes in the way she moves, speaks, dresses…etc. You’ve probably noticed the new hair and new sweaters. We didn’t want to do anything drastic. We can still do her hair in under 30 minutes. And she stands up more to Michael. She initiates pranks.
JennaFischer: I think she smiles more too.
Annie: It is wonderful to see the “happy” come out in Pam these days!
JennaFischer: I used to keep a list of “All things that are true about Pam.” I don’t do that anymore but I have a sort of mental list.
iheartjimhalpert: I agree.
lemonade: It’s nice to have both Jim and Pam be happy.
carl: Nice, Jim.
JennaFischer: Some things that were on the list were “Pam’s Dad owns an appliance store” “Been with Roy almost 10 Years” “Working at Dunder-Mifflin for over 5 years”
carl: do you do that kind of list thing every time you approach a different character?
JennaFischer: Yes, I like to make that type of list with each character.


  1. Augh, I missed it! Ah well, what can you do, right? Jenna is awesome to do this, and I can’t wait for the transcript. I envy all you Tallyheads who were there for it!

  2. Aw, Jenna was so sweet for coming in and answering our questions. Thanks for moderating, Tanster!

  3. Sad that I got distracted and missed the chat, but I can’t wait to see what Jenna said! She’s such an awesome lady.

  4. I can’t wait to read this. She is so sweet and gracious and generous to her fans! It’s unheard of–She’s just wonderful!

  5. NO. NO. NO. NO!!!
    I can’t believe I missed Jenna!
    Awww. Well hopefully she’ll drop by again soon.
    She’s so sweet, can’t wait to read the transcript!

  6. Jenna was so sweet tonight and spending an hour answering our questions. Thanks again for your great moderating Tanster! You rock and Office nerds unite! :)

  7. I will cherish my ticket stub forever.

    Thanks Tanster for yet another amazing experience at the OT! :)

  8. ahh i missed it :(
    at least i’ll be able to read the transcript.

    that was awesome of her to come and chat.

  9. Oh, blurg. Of course I missed it. ;_; But that’s so exciting–congrats to all who were here!

  10. I was so waiting for that! I tried to get in earlier, but had computer issues. Such a bummer. Anyway, I can’t wait to read the transcript. I love Jenna.

  11. Darnit! I missed the chat!

    Bless Jenna’s heart! Everyone from The Office treats fans so well!

    I can’t wait to read the transcript – thanks for everything you do, Tanster!

  12. Jenna was so kind and so down-to-earth. And funny. It was totally worth waiting all those hours. Like Phoenix27 said, we waited all afternoon, and had a lot of fun even while we were waiting, but then she came and stayed for so long, answering our questions!

    And tanster, thank you so much for this. You are amazing and you should keep up your good work!

  13. Jenna is coolest person in the world! Woo! Nerd power!
    Thank you for posting the transcript Tanster makes me feel like i was there lol

  14. It’s probably good I missed it. I would’ve just embarrassed myself by professing my undying love. lol I kid I kid.

  15. No way! I always miss these! I thought about going into the OTCR last night, too… awww. Great transcript, though.

  16. Aw I missed it :-( I Love Jenna.

    Who’s leaving Dunder Mifflin though? My bet is Jim or Pam to pursue different careers.

  17. She is the absolute cutest celebrity…I love Jenna. Thank you SO much, Tanster for the transcript!

  18. Does anybody else think Jim might be leaving again? There’s apparently a curveball being thrown at Jim and Pam….. and also, the story lines have hinted that although Jim is happy he has Pam, he is still very unsatisfied with his job.

  19. A cast regular leaves the show? Do you think by “leaving” they mean, like what Jim did at the end of season two? We will still see this person in another location and he/she will still be part of the show…and hopefully come back later on in the season? Or do you think it means this person is leaving for good? I really can’t think of the person who’s leaving because they all play such an important part in the show. I can’t wait til Thursday!!!!

  20. Man I missed it! %@#*!! Oh well, it was still awesome reading the transcript! Thanks for posting it! :-)

  21. Jan, Ryan or both leaving would make a lot of sense, so I’m not concerned that Jim or Pam might leave.

    Jenna was cute and charming but I disagree with her defense of Pam’s changes. The show has turned Pam from an intelligent, unflashy subtly attractive woman of the early seasons into another “sitcom babe” this season.

  22. they’re (NBC) probably trying to set up the spin-off show with the character who leaves.

    Does anyone else ever feel a little surreality with how the actors of the Office are so connected with their fans? I’ve been a super fan of other shows, but there was never this kind of connection.

  23. WOO! Lucky Charms! haha

    Thanks for asking my question tanster! It was a fun night! Jenna is awesome!

  24. I don’t know why, but part of me thinks Ed Helms might be leaving. Call it a gut instinct, I suppose. I’d hate to lose him though.

  25. Great prediction about the spin off #38’s absolutely I do. I’m super bummed with the departure of a regular cast member. However, I know that the writers are very aware of the fans and how important our reaction is.

    The show has been in good hands thus far and I refuse to expect anything but the best from Greg.

    Thanks for the transcript, Tanster. You do an incredible job moderating the comments!

  26. There is no better way to spend a Sunday evening than with Jenna, tanster, and fellow Tallyheads! Thank you to Jenna and tanster for a fun and informative chat!

    And I agree that there is no other show with a cast and crew like The Office – for them to take time to spend with fans and be as appreciative of us as we are of all of them is amazing.

  27. Jenna is lovely. She is like one of those famous people who seems like she could be your dental hygienist, but for some weird reason she’s in Hollywood…I’m glad she is!

  28. #35, DrunkBiking-I agree with you about Jenna’s character. I feel that her progression has been a little too quick. After all, it was the subtly attractive and smart Pam that we all fell in love with. I can understand character development; it’s only natural. But I think it’s been a little to quick for my taste.

  29. Can’t believe I missed this. Jenna is awesome. Thanks tanster for posting the transcript.

    What episode were they talking about when Andy sang to Pam? I can not remember for the life of me.

  30. Do you have to be in the credits to actually be a “regular?” I’m just wondering how wide the pool of possible people leaving actually is.

  31. Jenna is so sweet!
    I am praying that the series regular leaving has no correlation with the spin-off. I’m actually really surprised she was allowed to reveal that…maybe this means it’s actually a trivial event that sounds big.

  32. I think it’s either Ryan or Jan leaving. Since it seems somewhat obvious that the Michael/Jan storyline has hit a rough patch… if they break up, why would we need Jan?

  33. Chuck: It’s the very end of “The Convict”…Andy plays his banjo and sings Rainbow Connection in a sexy high falsetto voice.

  34. Anyone think it’s at all possible it’s Angela leaving? I mean, she is pregnant. Maybe it’s more of an actress/actor leaving than a character?

  35. i think that ryan is leaving. i think that his arc rose last season and is falling this season and then what? they are not going to get rid of andy or angela or jim or pam or dwight – all those characters have places to go and the writers can get a lot more mileage from them. my guess that b.j. is going to focus on writing and producing.

  36. I think it might be Oscar who leaves. Doesn’t he (or didn’t he) have a television show that he left The Office for during season 3? Maybe that show has been picked up.

  37. What a cool person she is. I so want to be a cast member on The Office. What a dream come true that would be.

  38. I’m so bummed I missed this! “Big Brother” was on in my time zone when Jenna was in the chat…grrr. I learned my lesson: Jenna > Big Brother

    Thanks for posting the transcript and allowing me to live vicariously through it, Tanster!

  39. I love Jenna and it’s great that she took some time to chat. She’s so down to earth.

    I think it would make sense that Ryan leaves. Notice Jenna says the person leaves Dunder Mifflin, she makes no mention of Scranton. After all DMI is going under and maybe BJ no longer wants to be on the show as much and focus on writing?

  40. oscar’s other show was halfway home on comedy central and it was canceled after the first season.

  41. please tell me it’s not jim that leaves!! anyone but him and pam.!!! someone reassure me..please.

  42. So nice of Jenna to take the time and chat with fans!! (I only wish I had’ve known about it, though. :( Hopefully there will be a “next time.”)

  43. Thanks for your great admin skills, Tanster. It was a fun chat! Thanks also for letting some yarnseller comments through!

  44. I would think it’s Angela that briefly leaves. The *real* Angela will be awfully busy this fall with a little one.

  45. Last night was all kinds of awesome! Thanks to Tanster for putting the chat together and for Jenna taking time to talk with us. The show and everyone involved are truly one in a million and that’s why they are the best in/on tv!!!

  46. Awww, I wish I could’ve been there, but seeing as the chat took place at 3am my time and I had school today, it unfortunately wasn’t possible.

    Jenna seemed really sweet though, I really enjoyed reading the transcript, thank you so much for posting it.

  47. I hope Jim doesn’t leave Dunder Mifflin! It will be weird not having him there. I already dealt with that once before I don’t want him to leave again…okay maybe im being a little selfish. I don’t want him leave….just yet…it makes me sad to say that!

  48. This was so nice of Jenna to do! All this new Office info is great.

    But I hope to God it’s not Ryan leaving. Please, please, anyone but Ryan. I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch anymore if he goes.

  49. I think Andy will leave after Angela breaks up with him and returns to her beloved Dwight!!!

  50. What a great interview! Unfortunately, I missed it. I would’ve hoped for someone to ask what her thoughts were on the new Office spin-off and perhaps if this is related to an Office character leaving Scranton.

    Thanks Jenna and Tanster! :)

  51. i think pam’s cool little fact we find out is that she has a tattoo no one knows about. and the office finds out and through the whole episode people are trying to figure out what it is. that would make for a fun time. :]

  52. I think it’s absolutely awesome the way the cast members of this show continue reaching out to the fans in such down-to-earth REAL ways. What a great chat! Thank you very much for making the transcript available!

  53. After reading the TV Guide article and John’s thoughts about how Pam has to work some things out, and Jenna’s thoughts about how she has to deal with “being 30 and still answering phones” I would say Pam’s the one leaving. Which, hmm. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I definitely think for her fictional character’s self’s sake it needs to happen eventually.

  54. ok well i know that neither pam or michael are leaving. i will DIE if jim leaves!!!!!!!!! omg maybe it will be andy or angela. it couldn’t be dwight, right….hmmm….maybe it could ;)

  55. Is it true that whoever is leaving, that is what the spinoff show will revolve around? I want to say that I think it’s Andy … but I also read that “it’s kind of a shocker”. It gets me thinking =)

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