Close Encounters of the Krasinski Kind

As I was doing that, I could see someone walking by. I looked up and then went back to what I was doing. Then, my brain said, “look up idiot, it’s John!” I did a double take and looked back up and sure enough, it was him. He smiled at me and said “Hey” and I replied and he put his hand on my shoulder as he walked by! I swear, I could not wipe the stupid grin off my face that whole day.

When I showed up on set early Wednesday morning, I was amazed at what I was going to be doing. We spent about two hours setting up the shot with us as the actors. It was pretty neat to see how everything works. All of the “first” team got there about a couple hours in. The first team included Maya, John, Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan.

During one of the rehearsals, John couldn’t hold it in. It was great! I couldn’t see the faces Jim was making but they were making John laugh. He was trying to hold it in and covered his mouth (much like we’ve seen in the gag reel) and he was turning beet red. It was also a real treat to watch Allison Janney act. She was hilarious and kept changing up some of the lines in each take. It’s pretty cool because I got to watch all of the scenes and got to sit in the actor’s area and not the extra’s area … and I didn’t have to be sneaky about it. I even got the sides for the day which will be a cool little souvenir.

I had a good time getting to talk to some of the actors. Jim Gaffigan came over to where I was sitting and chatted with us. He was really funny. He knew I wasn’t there the last couple days they had been filming and was razzing me. And I don’t know why but I loved hearing Sam Mendes talk.

I must say, that the highlight of my week was getting to talk to John. It was quite an adrenaline rush! I saw him alone during one of the breaks and I went over and talked to him for a good 15 min about Phoenix, basketball, and just random stuff. I told him I was a big fan of the show and left it at that. I didn’t want to freak him out with how many times I’ve seen each episode. He kept thanking me for doing this (what??) and we just chatted for awhile before they started filming again.

After lunch, I was coming out of the bathroom and was going back to set and who happens to pass? Yup, John. He caught up to me and walked with me to set. I told him I played basketball and I had to ask him about the him-losing-to-Clooney thing. I was joking with him as he was trying to explain himself. I was making fun of him for awhile and telling him I could probably beat him. He’s a really funny guy. Then later on, when we were switching from second team (that was us) to first team, whenever he would pass by me he would give me a high five.

All-in-all, it was a really exciting and fun experience that all culminated to this great day. It was really neat to see all that goes into getting a movie made and I really enjoyed geeking out with some of The Office crew. Of course, getting to work with John didn’t hurt either and it was fun having Mexicanity and my Northern Attack friends cheering me on as this was happening. It was cool. I don’t know. It was just a really good week.


  1. i’m so jealous!! The fact that you chatted with John Krasinski for a good fifteen minutes..? damn. i wish i was you.

  2. Thanks for sharing your visit to the set. It sounds like an amazing experience.
    My admiration and love for this man grows bigger and bigger each time I hear stories like this. He is just so kind and down to earth and funny and loveable. Mama and Papa Krasinski must be very proud.

  3. A million and one congrats!! I read it from beginning to end — it was fabulous! I am so happy for you! Thank you so much for sharing that with us. It made my day!

  4. OMG, how exciting!! Not only to work on a movie set, but to work on a movie set with the funny & charming (not to mention attractive) John Krasinski. I would die with delight.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. You know how proud we are of you at NA, girl. But I’ll say it again for the audience here: We are proud of you, lemonade!!!

  6. What a fantastic experience! Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to see the movie!

  7. Wow! Thank you so much for this awesome report! What a wonderful experience that seems to have just kept getting better! It’s so great to read how down to earth and friendly everyone was.

  8. Wow, that’s really fantastic! Sounds like you got a real taste of being a star. :) Thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. Wooo hooo! You have just lived my dream! Congratulations!! I can’t wait to see the movie!

  10. It was a fun ride for you to take us on, lemon! Thanks for including us!

  11. Thanks for sharing this with us. I’m sure it was a great few days and I know I’m very jealous. It just made my day to read this and to hear how great John is (even though we all know he is). It’s great to have proof :) You’re a very lucky girl!

  12. Oh my goodness…may I please live vicariously through you? I would have died. He is so adorable, beard or no beard. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Awesome write up, chica! I’m so glad you shared that experience with us. You’re my heroine!

  14. Aww, how fun! Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to look for the bar scene in the movie =)

  15. how did you find out about the opportunity to do this? i used to work as a tv extra when i lived in ireland and i would love to do it again! it is so fun!
    what a great story, very very cool!

  16. Hey Ms. L, great job on the write up. Thanks for letting us at NA live vicariously through you. You’re soooo money! (aka VG)

  17. WOW. That is amazing! Congratulations, lemonade, and thank you so much for sharing!

  18. Wow. Just wow. And I was excited about interviewing Rainn Wilson on my birthday for his “Rocker” movie. That pales in comparison!

  19. I am so incredibly jealous I can’t even describe it!! If only they had been shooting when I went to Tucson during winter break!! Isn’t it a nice feeling to know that everyone on OfficeTally is jealous of you? Lol

  20. What an awesome experience. I really enjoyed the whole story and, of course, the picture. It’s so great to hear how down to earth everyone was.

  21. You must be so thrilled, lemonade! And I am horribly jealous…

    John sounds incredible.

  22. *Sigh*
    He’s gorgeous, even with facial hair.
    I wish I could find me a John Krasinski!

  23. Awesome, limon! I can’t tell you how much it made my day(s) that you shared this with us. Rock on, chica!

  24. I hate you.

    But that’s just because I’m incredibly jealous.
    You are Lucky with a capital L.
    I want John to give me high fives.

  25. Thanks for the report! The whole thing sounds so awesome! And I’m sure now we’ll all be watching for you in the movie! :D

  26. Wow. I was already incredibly jealous and then you threw in Jim Gaffigan, who is my favorite comic.

    Maybe Jim will pop up on the Office next season!

  27. It was exciting going along on the ride with you, lemoñadé. You brought your Northern Attack friends along too and it was a trip! I probably shouldn’t reveal that it’s been the highlight of my summer so far.

  28. Wow what I would give to have this same experience! You are one lucky girl! Thanks for sharing, it’s so nice to hear how down-to-earth John Krasinski really is.

  29. Great recap, limon! Now remember: you said you wouldn’t forget us when you got famous. We’re gonna hold you to that, both here and at Northern Attack.

  30. What an awesome experience. Thanks you so much for sharing with the rest of us.

    Nice that someone who genuinely appreciates it got to do something the rest of us can only dream about.

  31. wow, what a incredibly story to tell us. While i was reading it i just kept thinking “wow i wish i was her” haha.

  32. GAAHH!!! I live in Phoenix, and I sure wish I would have known when/where this was filming. I’m so jealous! Thank you for sharing your awesome experience!

  33. Wow – great recap! Nice to hear John is as cool and down to earth as he seems to be! Tanster – when the movie comes out you’ll have to link us back to this post so we can watch for her!!

    [from tanster: when the time comes, please email me to remind me! :) ]

  34. lem – so fun reading the “full” account of your time on the set with John! :) And you got to meet Jim Gaffigan too – love him! This is just so exciting (you already know how jealous I am of you)! Really though, I can’t wait to try to spot you in the film. ;) I’m so glad such a devoted fan got to have this amazing experience.

  35. Super cool! And you do actually look a lot like Maya Rudolph =)

  36. Thanks for all the nice comments, guys! I really did have a great time doing this and John was a big ‘ol sweetheart.

    Who knows if my bar scenes will make it in the movie but I’m guessing you guys will at least see my back (as the fake Maya) in the scenes where you just see them driving from behind or the side.

    The picture is from the Phoenix shoot, so I am just wearing the stand-in wardrobe. If my bar scenes make it into the movie, it will be an outside patio scene. I was bartender at an outside bar and my bartender costume was an orange polo with tan slacks to match the decor of the resort.

  37. Kudos to you for keeping your cool around John and all the other famous folk! I’m pretty sure I would pass out from mere eye contact with John, so I will have to live vicariously through your experience.

  38. I am in awe. As a long time NA lurker and OT junkie, you are my new favorite person.

    also I have so much admiration for people who are outgoing enough to talk to people like JK. I would have been the girl sitting creepily in the corner staring but never moving in…

  39. totally surreal… *sigh* makes me want to meet john even more. thanks for sharing, and really glad you had such a great time!

  40. Wow! That is like a dream come true!!!! What a great experience! Congrats!! When I see this movie I am so going to nerd out to my friends when the driving scenes in Phoenix show up and tell them how I read your blog about it!!

  41. How awesome! My fantasy life goes something like that (with a few extra scenes thrown in). ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing that with us!

  42. Out of control awesome. I kept looking at the photo, and wondering if it was the real Maya–so it’s no doubt you made the B team. And time with John and his sweet self. Way to go for staying cool. I could have talked Celtics with him in my best “one of the guys” attitudes, but after that, I would have Kelly Kapoor-ed all over him.

    Maybe there is more Maya stand-in work in your future?!? How exciting.

  43. Congrats! I would have just geeked out and fainted or something! Thanks for sharing in detail, this really helps when we are months away from seeing him on TV again :)

  44. Wow! You are one majorly lucky girl. I really don’t know what else to say.

  45. Thanks for “taking us along” on your awesome experience! I would have been totally tongue tied trying to converse with John. You did it! Congratulations on what must have been an amazing week.

  46. I’m going to prove that I’m a total geek by saying that I would’ve been more excited to talk to Sam Mendes than John Krasinski only because American Beauty is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen and would love to talk to him about it.

    Talking to John would’ve been awesome too!

  47. I’m pretty darn happy that we get more John in theaters :D

    Congrats, lemonade! I think it is fantastic that you were chosen as a stand-in… Your account is fantastic! I can’t wait to see your part in the film.

    Can I just say that John has a great mountain man look? Seriously. It’s just. Awesome.

  48. high fives from John?! a Really good week?!?

    there are no words to describe my jealousy :)

    thanks for this awesome report!

  49. Wow, how amazing! Thanks for the awesome account. And you do look a little like Maya, you know!

  50. Oh. My. God. I am SO jealous! Go you for not stuttering like an idiot around John, as I’m positive I would have done! I am so glad to know that he is just as nice in real life as he is in the show. It just makes me love him even more! *swoon*

  51. Wow, that whole experience sounds incredible! I’ve dreamed so much of what I’d say to John Krasinski if I had the chance, besides “Will you marry me?” which would be a little foward. I always imagined him as a person that you could talk to and be cool with. You got to talk to him a few times, with time for some cool conversation. I’m jealous! It’s so nice to hear that one of my dream men is a normal down to earth guy. Can’t wait for the movie.

    PS- has the title changed from “Farlanders?” I think I saw a title change on the imdb website.

    PPS-John, do a movie in Cincinnati PLEASE! : )

  52. Wow! What an amazing experience! You are so lucky. I am so jealous! Haha. One of the things on my “List of Things to Do Before I Die” is to visit a movie set. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I can’t wait to see you in the movie!

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