Reporter 22: And have you ever worked in a workplace like that? Have you ever worked in such a mundane office?
Ed: Yeah. Sure.
Paul: Yeah me too.
Reporter 22: Do you know exactly what Michael does there, what his job consists?
Paul: Out in Denver you mean? No. We haven’t followed him into his new work environment. So, you know, I’m not sure if he got that job he thought he was going to get.
Reporter 23: In this [upcoming] season, will it be more ensemble based than it has been in the past or is it going to be more of Andy and Robert California filling up the extra time from Michael?
Paul: Well it’s a mix. You know, we have some very ensemble based shows and some that really focus in on Andy and his relationship with Robert. But, you know, our big Robert shows are generally big Andy shows too. And there’s quite a few stories that are focused on the ensemble.
Reporter 24: In this first episode, there seems to be a big mystery behind Robert California. But he also has a like a subtle but strong control in the office. Should we expect it to stay that way or what type of surprises will we see in his character of evolution?
Paul: If someone starts off very enigmatic and hard to read, you start to get to know them after a while. So yes, we’ll see other aspects. We’re going to kind of hold onto that for a while and then we’ll start to see other aspects of him come through. And he’s the guy who’s just very interested in the interactions with people and playing out power dynamics and watching people squirm and putting them in situations where they’re tested and watching them. Unlike Kathy Bates who is just interested in results, he is a voyeur of the process.
Ed: And I think the episode that we’re shooting right now actually I’m having a tremendous amount of fun with — in observing a character of the course of episode 6 or 7 or 8…
Paul: Yeah. And nine.
Ed: …and nine. Oh geez. And so we know Robert California pretty well by now. And there’s still some revelations happening. And it’s really cool. He’s not a one-note character by any stretch.
Reporter 24: Ed, earlier you said that Andy is a heightened version of yourself. What other characteristics of Andy do you have in your everyday life?
Ed: Well the wardrobe’s the same. I really like the way Andy dresses in certain episodes. But, you know, I struggle with confidence and like most people, it ebbs and flows. And I certainly relate to Andy’s fear walking into a situation. But I do think I’m a little better equipped at handling it than Andy. But there’s something really fun and cathartic about playing it out in the most petty way imaginable. That [seems to be] Andy’s MO. And I think a lot of us are pettier than we will admit. In other words, we’re better at governing our behavior. But sometimes our feelings and emotions are much pettier inside. And Andy’s just much more exposed. And that’s therapeutic for me in a way.
Moderator: Thank you guys everyone for joining us. Thank you to Paul and Ed for joining us. Have a great day.
Ed: Thanks very much everyone.
Paul: Thanks everyone.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, this does conclude the conference for today. We thank you for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.