Jenna Fischer rocks the OTCR

Sunday, April 6th, 2008 | 78 comments


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.

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  1. 78. prisonmike  

    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 =)

  2. 77. missa  

    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 ;)

  3. 76. Kristen  

    It’s totally Jan leaving!

  4. 75. Gracie  

    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.

  5. 74. Tiffany  

    #73 – Ten bucks says it’s a Muppet Babies tattoo :)

  6. 73. buyMEacoke,Jim!  

    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!

  7. 72. the money beet  

    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. :]

  8. 71. italianfood  

    yay, love Jenna

  9. 70. Tony Westfall  

    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! :)

  10. 69. Jamie  

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

  11. 68. blacklamb  

    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.

  12. 67. ShamuKid  

    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!

  13. 66. Diane B.  

    I think it is Jan who is gone at the end of the season.

  14. 65. Sonni  

    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.

  15. 64. WhitestSneakers  

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

  16. 63. Pam Scherbatsky  


  17. 62. Mexicanity  

    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!!!

  18. 61. Mintdwight?  

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

  19. 60. Caroline  

    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.”)

  20. 59. kc  

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

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