John Krasinski: Oh, my God.
Jennie Tan: Remember you and your roommate…
John Krasinski: Oh, I know it very well.
Jennie Tan: …trying to one up each other?
John Krasinski: Yeah.
Jennie Tan: You ended up with a shaved eyebrow or something. Anyway, that was…
John Krasinski: I ended up with a fauxhawk, which is a reverse Mohawk, and the other guy had to shave his eyebrow. And weirdly, I remember the night before I got cast calling my dad, who’s a doctor, and just saying, “Eyebrows grow back, right?” And he’s like, “There’s no way to tell, so hopefully you’re the Fauxhawk guy.” And so, I was terrified until I got the Mohawk.
Jennie Tan: Oh, that was great! But anyway, my question is now you’re both going to be attending The Office Wrap Party in Scranton this weekend, which…
Greg Daniels: Yes.
Jennie Tan: …I’m very excited about, and I was wondering if you could talk about your thoughts about The Office fan base in general, and what it’s meant to you over the years?
John Krasinski: Well, I can jump in on that one. I think there’s a lot of shows that say they owe it all to their fans. But we actually technically can say that we owe everything to the fans, because I think that our show is so fan-driven in such a specific way, as evidenced by iTunes. When we first came out the only reason, in my opinion, that we made it past these pickups that Greg and I were talking about is because people actually decided they liked the show so much, and it was such a small group at the beginning, that they would pay money to see the show, rather than just wait for it on Tuesday or Thursday, whatever time it was back then.
And I remember that was life-changing for me to see, because to be part of something like that was incredible. I was walking down the streets of New York and someone would just stop on their way to work and say, “Oh, my God, you’re on my iPod.” And I was like two things, “What’s an iPod? Also, what are you talking about?” And they just held up this thing.
I also think that during the early speculation of what our show would be when people were being really hard on the show without seeing it, because everybody thought that it was going to be terrible because the English one was so good, I remember Diversity Day hitting and just every other person on the street would come up to me and say, “The show is awesome.” You had this group of people who almost started a grass roots political campaign for our show. And so, I don’t know how Greg feels, but I think we owe absolutely everything to the fans.
Greg Daniels: Yeah, I mean, I completely agree with that. And by the way, your website, OfficeTally, is such an amazing treat for all of us to have, and it’s so well done, and it’s been so well done for years.
Jennie Tan: Thank you so much!