I think no matter what any of us go on to do, this show will probably be what we’re most known for, and that’s incredible. And I think for people to feel so good about that and feel that they were a part of something so special, not only in the television world, but in their personal lives, was massive.
So I’m not giving anything away. We chose a random scene where everyone’s exiting the office for the last shot that we ever did, and I’m so glad we did. It was a very sort of mundane walking out of the office. It wasn’t big and dramatic or anything, and I think it was at the beginning of the show or something, so it’s not like it’s the last shot.
And we were all – I’ll never forget, we were all joking around. I was, as per usual, crying laughing as we exited – I’m a crier laugher, which is a bummer, but I was crying laughing with Craig and we were all joking around waiting in the hall every time we exited. And then, one of the times we came back, instead of saying, “Going again,” Greg randomly appeared and just said, “Ladies and gentlemen, that’s the end of The Office.” And it was, I mean even talking about it now, it was a gut punch.
It’s a life-changing event and there’s just no way to describe it. It’s not like ending college. It’s a part of your life that defined you, and to have it go away is so incredibly bittersweet. I think the only thing that helped us all is that we’re so proud of the work, and that we’re so proud that we got to have a series finale. That’s a very rare thing. And growing up I remember the Cheers finale and M*A*S*H, and all these amazing finales, and I remember them being very, very important.
And so, for us to be a show that even got there is incredible, and I think that we’re just all so proud of the work. And that’s the only thing that prevented us all from just having a complete meltdown.
Greg Daniels: There’s the lot that we shot it in is all by itself in Van Nuys, and we had lunch with each other every day and there was nobody here who didn’t work on the show on this little lot, and so we did get very close.
And one of the hard parts about the finale is that you have to be professional and you have to act and you have to try and keep the tone a certain way when you’re on the set and everything, in terms of like writing and directing. And it’s very difficult if you’re going to say goodbye to everybody you’ve been hanging out with for eight years, and you’re going to have to find a different place to have an office in. And so, there is like a lot of weird overlap between the end of your personal work experience and what’s going on on screen, so it was very sad.
Question: What was your favorite episode from Season 1 up until now?
John Krasinski: That’s a really hard question. It’s like saying, what’s your favorite movie? You’ve got to have more of like a top ten and whichever one’s get named get named. But, for me, for so many different reasons, again personally and professionally, I think that there’s so many important moments, some having to do with my characters and others not.
I think the first moment that I can remember the most was shooting the first day of Diversity Day, because the pilot was pretty much word for word the British show, which I know we weren’t all super excited about, but we could understand why we had to do it to see how it stacked up against the other show. And then, our first sort of running at our own pace was Diversity Day and I actually remember people looking around the room at each other, as if you do when you saw something incredibly special and important. We all knew that something very, very special was happening, and that this show tonally and from a writing perspective was just really, really incredible. And I remember that moment feeling like that set the tone for what this show is.