Reporter 18: Since Michael’s gone and there’s like no one to antagonize Toby anymore, what is his purpose of the character this season?
Paul: In terms of the role of Toby, I’m not really sure what it is. I’m really focused on kind of making the whole show work. But as I start to do scenes with different characters, I think, different aspects of conflicts in character arise that are kind of interesting.
Reporter 18: Now that Steve is gone, do you feel that there’s like a pressure to live up to what the show was with him?
Paul: I always felt a pressure to make the show as best I could. And for every table read, I get nervous and that was with Steve or without Steve. I don’t know if the pressure I feel is bigger. Certainly there are a lot of eyes on the show right now. But I think that’s it. Yes. But I put pressure on everything. So of course I feel it. I’m moving this weekend and I feel pressure to move really well.
Reporter 19: I was wondering if you could talk about Josh Groban’s appearance on the series.
Paul: Sure. It started with when we were casting Andy’s brother. Mindy Kaling thought of Josh and it seemed like a natural click. And he was excited and he wanted to act and then I’ll let Ed talk about what it’s like to work with him because I wasn’t on set.
Ed: Of course we all know Josh is an amazing singer and then I saw him in Crazy Stupid Love and thought he was great in that. And so I was not at all surprised that he was really great and hilarious to work with as an actor too. The choice of Josh is kind of a fun teaser because obviously he is musical and we all know that Andy has a certain penchant for music. And Josh’s appearance is part of a really exciting episode for me and for Andy because it’s really where we learn a lot about Andy and not all of it is good and some of it is sort of poignant. And there of course is some fun music that gets mixed in there too.
Reporter 19: When is he going to be appearing on the show?
Paul: I think that is at the garden party — looking at the calendar. I don’t have the airdate in front of me. I think it’s going to be end of October.
Reporter 20: I feel like there might be some sort of a rivalry between Ed and Josh because Josh is such a good singer and so I was wondering if you could elaborate a little bit more on that.
Ed: Well I’ll just say that there is some rivalry but it takes a compelling turn that I think is unexpected. And the source of the rivalry may not be what you expect. Of course Josh is a great singer and that wasn’t lost on our writers. But I’m excited to show the fans where and how Josh’s character fits into Andy’s life and also what it means for who Andy is. And it’s not all good. You can see an aspect of Andy exaggerated in Josh, which is a guy who’s even more naive and socially sweeter if you can believe it. So it’s interesting to see the two of them together.