Rainn: That was a British import as well.
Greg: Magnum P.I., I think, was CBS.
Question: Rainn, I know that earlier you mentioned your three and a half year old son, and I was actually wondering what he thinks of The Office, if he’s ever watched it or if he, you know, gets confused because dad’s on TV or anything like that?
Rainn: Yeah, you know, he’s — occasionally I’ll be up on the TV screen for whatever reason — if I’m like watching myself from some talk show appearance or an episode of The Office is playing, or something like that.
And he says, that’s dada. And then he goes back to whatever it was that he was doing, that …
Rainn: … a train or a ball — or, you know, or hitting one of our dogs with a golf club. But yes, it seems — it’s pretty normal for him. There’s also a Dwight bobblehead up on the shelf, which he used to really be into. Now he just — he couldn’t care less about it.
Question: Okay. And now what is — what about your wife? Does she like your persona as Dwight or does she kind of, you know, tell you please don’t bring it home? I don’t want to see Dwight when you come home after work or anything like that?
Rainn: We actually play funny sex games of Dwight and she will pretend to be, you know, anyone else in The Office pretty much, you know, depending — we have outfits for all of the different characters.
No — this is going to be all over the media. Probably the worst thing I could have said. But yeah — I don’t really tend to bring Dwight home with me so much because I would say we’re not too much alike. I don’t know, Greg, what your — what you feel about that? But …
Greg: Yeah, I’m not going to touch that one.
Rainn: You know, she’s — my wife has a great, absurd sense of humor and she really appreciates me, you know, playing weirdoes and oddballs and she …
Greg: An accomplished novelist, I may add.
Rainn: Yes. And she is a novelist.
Question: Has she ever expressed interest in like writing for The Office or anything like that?
Rainn: Yes, she has written a 400-page spec script. Greg, I forgot to give it to you.
Greg: It’s all prose — very densely textured prose.
Rainn: Very prose, yeah. It’s very prose-heavy. It’s really — it’s written from the perspective of Oscar’s boyfriend, Gil. And yeah, he’s — and in it he’s suffering from emphysema. It’s very moving. It’s very, very, very sad. Greg, I’ll…
Greg: Sound like Frank McCourt’s spec that I passed on.
Greg: Frank McCourt. Am I saying that right? The author of Angela’s Ashes.
Rainn: Yeah. He wrote a good spec like that?
Greg: It was just pretty good. It wasn’t great.
Rainn: Oh, all right.
Greg: But it was about the same length.
Question:I also want to let you know that, Rainn, my three and a half year old niece calls you squishy head because she has the little stress ball with your face from Target.
Rainn: That’s funny. My wife calls me squishy head, too, sometimes.
Question: I’ve been lucky enough to sit through the Scranton convention and I was curious — a lot of the actors have said that they had this great adrenaline rush and the writers coming back from that convention and were really kind of gung-ho.
And then all of a sudden the strike hit at the exact same time. So my question, I guess for Greg is were you able to kind of recapture that at all when you guys got back? Is there anything from the convention, from being in Scranton that you’re going to add?
And maybe Rainn, you could talk, too — were the people who were at the convention — what kind of stories have you heard? Those kinds of things — if you guys could talk about that for a couple minutes?
Greg: Sure. The convention was very fun and, you know, it was a real wonderful experience to see how many thousands of fans came from all over the world and there were people from Ireland and Oregon. And, you know, all — really people came from a really great distance.
And, you know, and this was my first time in Scranton although we’ve done so much research on the Internet. And I was really struck by how beautiful Scranton is, which is not what we really have been portraying here.
And the street here in California. But we saw some of the sights like Nay Aug Park and the Treehouse, which is this amazing wheelchair accessible treehouse that they’ve built over this gorge.
And there’s a lot of weird kind of Scranton-specific things that we saw, that, you know, will I’m sure come into different episodes. And the entire writing staff was there and they all had different experiences at, you know, driving around and going to Scranton bars, and meeting the policewomen.
And, you know, stuff like that. So I think it was very good for the creativity of everybody here.