The Office audition sign-in sheet, 2003

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 | 33 comments

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How absolutely precious is this — The Office’s Rainn Wilson posted this audition sign-in sheet on his Facebook page yesterday.

The Office audition sign-up sheet 2003


Rainn explains: “This is the original sign-in sheet for the first day of casting for The Office given to me by Allison Jones, our incredible casting agent. I was the very first person to audition for the series, 11/06/03. Notice all the amazing talent on the sheet, including the amazing #13! This is perhaps the greatest Office keepsake I have. So grateful for the best job I will ever have.”

The cast hopefuls included Adam Scott (“Ben” in ‘Parks and Recreation’), Mary Lynn Rajskub (“Chloe” in ’24′), Ever Carradine (“Erika” in ’24′), Hamish Linklater (‘Matthew’ in “The New Adventures of Old Christine”), Ben Falcone (Melissa McCarthy’s real-life husband and her love interest in “Bridesmaids”), Alan Tudyk (“Noah” in ‘Suburgatory’), Matt Besser (a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade), Matt Price (“Evan” in The Office Season 3 episode, ‘The Convention’), Jarrett Grode (“Perry” in ‘Undeclared’), Bill Chott (Second City), and Ann Dudek (“Amber” in ‘House’).

And, of course, Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer. :)

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  1. 33. dwide Schrewd  

    It would be interesting to see who all auditioned for Michael Scott. I think Bob Odenkirk (who played Michael Scott 2.0 on Moving On) originally auditioned for Michael Scott, so I would like to see who all else tried for the part.


  2. 32. Kell  

    And Angela Kinsey went to my alma mater: Baylor. How many degrees of separation am I from The Office, lol.


  3. 31. Kell  

    Alan Tudyk graduated from my high school (two years before me)! Random, but cool ;)


  4. 30. Mike  

    Do you suppose the audition tapes still exist? That would make a great DVD extra. I’d be especially curious to see Rainn auditioning for Michael Scott.


  5. 29. Dani  

    Nobody mentioned Ever Carradine auditioning for Pam ( besides Tanster ):

    She would ‘ve been terrible as Pam.

    Wow, Alan Tudyk, Adam Scott, Mary Lynn Raskjub, Ben Falcone in one show would be very awesome IMO.

    But I am glad it wasn’t the Office.


  6. 28. Ben  

    Well, this is pretty damn interesting.
    It’s notable how many of the 12 folks who didn’t become Dwight or Pam (or Michael, even if SC isn’t on the list for some reason) are now “yeah, I know who that is” names. I have no idea who Matt Price, Jarrett Gnome, Jim Zuvelic, and Bill Chott are. But Adam Scott, Mary Lynn Raskjub, Ben Falcone (even if I recognize him as Mr. Melissa McCarthy), Alan Tudyk? That’s a ton of working talent who broke through on merit. And it validates what a strong vision they had for this project, right through the way it made stars of Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer and everyone else.


  7. 27. Chris  

    I definitely like John as Jim, but Adam Scott wouldn’t have been so bad; he reminds me of Jim in Parks and Rec.


  8. 26. Bill  

    Notice how the fifteenth spot’s empty and Steve hasn’t signed in?


  9. 25. Wendy  

    That is awesome! I absolutely love seeing stuff like this! Wouldn’t it be awesome if they included some additional stuff like this, possibly even the original audition tapes, in the Season 9 DVD? One can hope!


  10. 24. Michele  

    I guess the number 13 wasn’t unlucky for Jenna.


  11. 23. Ai  

    Hamish Linklater actually looks a lot like John.


  12. 22. Christine  

    I absolutely love this!! I couldn’t imagine The Office any other way but it’s still kind of funny picturing it. Ben Falcone.. Adam Scott.. Love them both but just wasn’t meant to be. I love my Steve Carell & John Krasinski.


  13. 21. what's the dealio?  

    Love, love, love! What a treasure! So glad Anne Dudek didn’t get the part of Pam because the role was made for Jenna! (and also because she might not have been able to play Francine, Betty’s catty neighbor on Mad Men which is an awesome role!)


  14. 20. Team Halpert  

    [200-word limit]


  15. 19. Russel  

    Sorry for the double comment, but does anyone know whether the date on the sheet is DD/MM/YY or MM/DD/YY?


  16. 18. Russel  

    What a phenomenal document. Really makes you think about how different The Office might have been, even with one different cast member.


  17. 17. Joel  

    It’s weird to think anyone but John and Jenna could have been Jim and Pam. At least they were each other’s “favorite” when casting.


  18. 16. remember to call  

    And now, I’m stuck imagining an alternate universe with Alan Tudyk as Michael, Matt Besser as Dwight, and Adam Scott as Jim. And yes, the real Office is better than the alternate universe Office.


  19. 15. ohhelms  

    Alan Tudyk?? I love that guy. I will always love Steve Carell. But, Alan Tudyk??

    I cannot believe some of the people who auditioned. I would *hate* to have had to job of picking who got the roles!

    Alan Tudyk!

    I am so glad you post this stuff! :)


  20. 14. Alex H.  

    ALAN. TUDYK.

    My mind is blown. I would like to see that alternate universe.

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