Question: John, first let me start off with you. This must be an incredibly rough time for you. I mean, you’re leaving after eight years, this great show that you got started off in doing things. You wrote and starred in Promised Land, one of the best pictures of last year. So, it must be like leaving high school. You’re leaving all your old friends behind, and now you’re going to go off to go do other great things. Is it really emotional for you to do this?
John Krasinski: Yeah, 100%. I mean, again, I don’t think there’s any way to describe it, other than, I would imagine, a long time back in olden days as they say, when you had to leave your family behind. You know, it’s for something, whether it was moving somewhere else or going to war or something like that. I think leaving – this is a part of me that has defined me.
Greg Daniels: We put gym equipment in your trailer, by the way, John.
John Krasinski: What’s that?
Greg Daniels: We turned your trailer into a gym now.
John Krasinski: Oh, good. Perfect. So good, at least they care about me the way I care about them. No, but I mean to say that this show gave me everything would be the biggest understatement ever. I think that not only every single opportunity, and I mean every single opportunity has come from this show, and people who have watched this show and have given me a chance because of it.
But also, every sort of creative impulse and desire of trying new things and wanting to experiment with new mediums and writing, has all come from the show because of the enthusiasm I have for it. That, instead of being some sort of soul crushing job, it was the exact opposite, which is this job that made you just feel like a super hero, and that you were in the one family that’s never loved a child more than – in the history of the world, and that’s how I felt leaving this show.
So, it’s incredibly hard to leave, but at the same time I know in my heart that it’s given me everything that I have and has defined me, and hopefully given me every single strength and talent that I have to go on and do other things, but I will always use that as a touchstone going forward.
Quesstion: What’s the next thing for both of you?
Greg Daniels: Well, I produced a couple of pilots this year, written by Office writers, and one of them is starring Craig Robinson, and waiting to hear about those, so have some hopes for something to work on there. And I’ll probably be able to have spent some more time on Parks and Recreation next year. And then, I don’t know. For me personally, it’s been such a a ride that, my wife just says, “Just don’t do anything for a little while. Just come off the roller coaster, and then think about your next move.”
John Krasinski: Yeah, I totally agree. I’ve been advised to just take a second, because I think it’s just such an emotional roller coaster. And the fact that we stopped shooting, but the shows haven’t stopped airing, is very surreal. The fact that our emotions we thought were over, and then have people telling you, “Last weeks’ episode was amazing.” And you’re like, “Oh, my God, right. It’s still going.” So, that’s sort of bizarre. But yeah, I’m just waiting to see where I want to go next. And I’m writing a couple things and I auditioned for Craig’s role on the Craig Robinson pilot… and it turns out I didn’t have a shot.