I’ve known Steve for a long, long time and I’ve always really admired Steve both creatively and personally. And he’s one of a number of actors that I’ve looked up to and sort of taken cues from as I made choices in my career. And I’m really grateful for that example that he’s set. And he’s always just been really supportive and even going into this new season remains so. And I even got a really lovely note from Ricky Gervais the day after the premier. So that means an awful lot.
Reporter 7: Did either of them have any concrete advice in approaching managing The Office?
Ed: Not exactly, no. But the biggest lesson that Steve has taught me is more just about work ethic and preparation and execution and professionalism. And that’s something that I’ve addressed with him in a number of conversations together. But also I’ve just learned through his example and I’m really grateful for it.
Reporter 8: Did you and Brian Baumgartner – I know you guys went to the same school – did you guys know each other much back then? And what’s it like working with him now?
Ed: We did know each other in high school. He’s a year older than me. And we weren’t best buddies but we certainly overlapped and we were in a few plays together and our high school chorus and stuff like that. And it’s just been this sort of fun ridiculous reconnection. We went off in different directions and then circled back 15 years later. We even have a writer on staff that went to our high school, Halsted Sullivan.
Reporter 9: So in what ways will we see Andy differ from Michael as a boss?
Ed: I think that the biggest difference right out of the gate is that Michael was a well-established manager for much of his run at Dunder Mifflin and that Andy is just finding that. It’s a fresh new thing. And Andy’s leadership is a little bit of an open question and that’s what I’m really excited to flesh and it was really fun in that opening episode to kind of see a little bit of that backbone and see a little bit of a poignant turn about what might be ahead. But I also think Andy comes from a place of privilege and that informs his world view and he’s also prone to anger management issues, but what he always is trying to do at the end of the day, he’s trying to do the right thing. And that’s why he sort of stepped up in that first episode. But it’s also he has so many personal hurdles and insecurities that it’s a real struggle.
Reporter 10:I was a really big fan of the Scranton Strangler. Do you think we’ll ever see another murder mystery on The Office?
Paul: Perhaps. You know, we overshoot quite a bit and we overscript even more than that. So there’s quite a bit that we have that never quite made it on. But I think we actually did air a piece where Toby felt that he put the wrong man to death. And so we have a whole story that’s kind of playing out where – so he may start to establish a relationship with them and go visit them in jail.
Ed: Oh my God.
Paul: And then maybe there’s another strangling that happens to throw the whole thing in question.