The Office audition sign-in sheet, 2003

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. :)


  1. So touching! It never fails to amaze me how genuine this cast is and how grateful for the show <3

  2. That is an amazing document. I think we had heard about Mary Lynn Rajskub before, but the other names on the list are pretty incredible.

  3. I’m glad they picked Steve for Michael, but I’m really curious how Ben Falcone would have portrayed him. Interesting…..

  4. I think what this proves to me is how perfect they got the casting in the end up. These are all very talented people on this list, but I can’t imagine any of them as these characters. At least, it wouldn’t have been quite the same show if any of them had been cast instead. And I’m not familiar with all of the male actors listed but none of the other actresses, with all due respect to them, could have been Pam. Jenna was the absolute perfect choice as Pam!

  5. Wow, Anne Dudek auditioned for the role of Pam! That’s pretty cool! But jenna fischer was, is, and always will be Pam Beesly:)

    [from tanster: absolutely.]

  6. #2 Adam Scott, as in Parks and Rec’s Ben Wyatt?

    [from tanster: yes, that is correct! a little mindblowing, right?]

  7. I agree Tanster, for some reason that piece of paper is priceless and one of the best treasures yet from this show.
    I could not imagine Jim and Pam not being John and Jenna. Thank you Greg for having such wonderful insight!

  8. I love the idea that Rainn and Adam Scott were in the same room at the same time for an audition.

  9. @Karen, and don’t forget the casting director, Allison Jones! I believe she had a lot to do with the casting of John and Jenna also.

  10. This is just amazingly cool. I remember hearing Jenna talk about all the people who auditioned for Pam and Jim and how she told JK that he was her favorite Jim. I always wondered who the others were. So so cool!

  11. 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! :)

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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

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