Q. Is Jenna Fischer really that good at volleyball, and did that allow you to make Pam good at it or did you decide earlier that Pam would be the best volleyball player on the team and make Jenna practice a whole lot? | Samuel L Chang
Jen C: Paul and I had a pretty quick turnaround on this script [from tanster: as in, one weekend] and so we didn’t have much time to talk to the actors about their volleyball prowess or lack there-of.
After we turned the script in and it got distributed, we learned that volleyball is one of the only sports that is really difficult for Jenna to do or mimic! Ooops. She is in great shape, but she can’t do certain motions with her arm over her head because of an injury.
So, our director (Ken Kwapis) decided that we would have both volleyball doubles (someone noticed one of them in the background of The Mindy Song) — and we also shot it with Pam doing an overhead motion a few times and CGI’ing the ball in later.
Also, while we’re talking about volleyball, our editor Dave Rogers plays the annoyed guy in the Ray Bans — his Office debut (he’s been holding out to be a Schrute, too, but he’s smarter than me and just took this part).
Q. My question is about Pam … I was wondering why she was so great at volleyball (and apparently played a lot when she has at school) but in Job Fair she said that she pretended to have PMS so she could avoid her gym class (including volleyball)? | DomoArigatoMr.Scotto
Jen C: Yeah, we screwed up. I didn’t remember that she said that, specifically about volleyball. And we really do try to be careful about those things.
Once in a rare while, there will be something we want to do and we know it will contradict something we mentioned before (in an old TH or a joke or a deleted scene) and we’ll do it anyway — we really try not to do it but we have to weigh how important the new thing is that we want to do… Don’t hate us…
Q. I really like Rolph, Dwight’s friend. How did you come with the character? Was he originally supposed to be Mose, before Mike Schur was forced to focus on “Parks and Recreation”? | Dwigt
Jen C: Paul and I originally had a story for “Company Picnic” involving Mose and so we called Mike to try and get him for our finale. Now, mind you, we heard that Mike had one day of prep for directing the finale episode of Parks and Recreation and he is also running the show, so we knew the odds going in, but it was a fun call…
Jen/Paul: Hey, buddy! So, we have an offer that you won’t be able to refuse!!!
Mike: (silence, then) Mose?
Jen/Paul: Yeah! For the finale!
Mike: When does it shoot?
Jen/Paul: On the one day you have to prep your episode (not what we said but I can’t remember the date)
Mike: Oh, man, I’d do anything for you guys, but that’s the one day I have to prep my episode.
Jen/Paul: We only need you for an hour, a few hours, half a day, maybe — you run around in the woods for a half a day.
Mike: I think that might be irresponsible of me.
Who knew Mose would run a show some day? We’ll get him one of these days, rest assured. And most likely he’ll be running.
And Rolph was played by James Urbaniak. Right after the read for the finale, two of our actors came up to me at the same time and said “Rolph should be James Urbaniak!” We really liked watching Dwight and Rolph in the finale and we hope to see more of him.