Question: I’m wondering what you’re going to miss most about playing Jim.
John Krasinski: Wow, big question. You’re trying to get tears and I appreciate it. I’m saving my tears for Barbara Walters. There’s so much to miss. For me, and I think probably more than the other cast members, I was a waiter before this show, so what I miss most about this character is way too complexly entwined in my real life. So to me, this was a winning lottery ticket, except with a winning lottery ticket you just get money, and with this you get a whole change of your life. And everything about my life has changed and become better, and I feel so lucky to be where I am.
So, it’s hard to separate the two, because I’m so sort of meshed in the experience. I don’t know if this a good answer or a bad answer, but the thing I’ll miss most is playing a character that people believe in so much and attach themselves to in various degrees. There are some people who think they are Jim. There’s some people who are looking for Jim. And, to me, and I know to Jenna playing the Jim/Pam relationship and realizing how important it became to so many people, was such an incredible honor that there was a small part of my brain that really didn’t want to let anyone down every single week.
And that was actually really exciting. I felt like I was given a tremendous responsibility, and that responsibility I really will miss because it’s just so much fun to play a character that people are watching and rooting for and loving. So, I really appreciate that.
Question: John, I’m wondering how much you’re going to miss being able to look at the camera, since Jim was really one of the characters that utilized that throughout the show?
John Krasinski: I wish I could say I was professional enough to never look at a camera again on another job, but that’s already been blown several times. And on movie sets they don’t really dig it when you look in the camera, which is a bizarre fact.
I will miss it very much. Going back to the other question, I think one of the best things about Jim is that, he’s one of those characters, and there are a few others in different television shows, or I guess movies too, but I remember talking to Greg in the first week about how he saw Jim as the window for the audience into this office that everyone could watch. They needed someone to tell them that it was okay to laugh at everything, and to see everything as a little bit ridiculous, and to me that was so much fun to play.
I remember the first time reading the script that I had to look in the camera. That’s very stressful, because you don’t want to blow it and overdo it. And I always joke that there’s a number. My favorite thing was our DP, Matt Sohn, was like, “So on this scene when you look to Jenna, give me the number four.” And I always loved thinking that I had somehow got it down to a catalog of different looks.
So, I will miss it very, very much, and hopefully can leave it on The Office set and not blow any other professional opportunity by looking down the lens.