Rainn Wilson visits the OfficeTally Chat Room

Rainn Wilson Chat

We were thrilled that Rainn Wilson came to chat with us earlier tonight.

This may be the first time in the history of OfficeTally Chat that I’ve wanted to copy some of the transcript into the ol’ quote randomizer. ;)

Rainn discusses his public feud with Sockington, his favorite TV shows, and what he still gets nervous about.

Thank you, Rainn!

Here is the full chat transcript.

tanster: Rainn Wilson will be joining us shortly. The chat room is now in moderated mode. If you have a question for Rainn, please enter it to add it to the queue
Rainn Wilson: hi
tanster: Hello Rainn!
tanster: Right on time :)
Rainn Wilson: what’s up tallyheads
tanster: Please welcome THE OFFICE’s Rainn Wilson to our chat room!
Kenna: hi rainn!
Bill Buttlicker: hi rainn!
Siress: Welcome rainn!
Rainn Wilson: buttlicker!
MNFan: Thanks for being here!
Michael (OM): Rainn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rainn Wilson: sure thing
Denise (ddker): Hi Rainn!!!
Rainn Wilson: what’s going on?
tanster: Are you ready for some hard-hitting questions?
Rainn Wilson: hit me
tanster: Alrighty. Here we go

Siress: How much of your own personality do you channel into Dwight?
Rainn Wilson: hmmm…. the ever-asked question for actors
Rainn Wilson: a bunch and yet none at all is my yoda answer
Rainn Wilson: i can certainly be officious, annoying, odd and nerdy
Rainn Wilson: but not in the same way dwight is
Bill Buttlicker: we can tell
Rainn Wilson: buttlicker!
Bill Buttlicker: haha

MNFan: “Spin Move” – scripted or ad-libbed? And how many takes to get it just right?
Rainn Wilson: spin move was scripted
Rainn Wilson: got a big laugh in the read thru
Michael (OM): so modest
Rainn Wilson: did like 5 spin moves and once i did a sumersault
tanster: no way!
Rainn Wilson: i thought I was being all nimble and quick but nooooo i watch it and it looks like a manatee doing ballet at sea world
jims_penguin: lol manatee
Denise (ddker): i would love to see the somersault take on a dvd extra!
MNFan: It was the perfect scene. Thank you for answering!

Kenna: Do you have any special rituals or routines that you do to help get into character before filming?
Rainn Wilson: i’m a lot looser than dwight is
Rainn Wilson: i try to just see the world through dwight’s rigid, self-serious mind-set

Bill Buttlicker: What is going to happen between Michael and Dwight? Their bromance seems to be heading through rough waters.
Rainn Wilson: more and more through the seasons dwight takes michael on and questions him
Rainn Wilson: it’s not the same acolyte ass kissing as season 2
tanster: lol
Rainn Wilson: i like the way they let characters grow and change on the show
Rainn Wilson: dwight is more confident than he was years ago and that’s ok
Bill Buttlicker: it adds realism
jims_penguin: yah i heard its unusual for tv characters to grow

ChillisBannedMe: How do you see Dwight and Angela ending up?
Rainn Wilson: in bed
Ryans’ Hobbit: <snort>
Rainn Wilson: with birkenstocks
Goldenface: lol :)
Tare_Bear: sexiest of all footwear


  1. I can’t believe I always miss these things!!! Looking forward to the transcript… : D

  2. Rainn was awesome! Sorry you had to moderate so many of my crappy questions tanster! I’ll try to be more conservative next time :)

  3. I was so excited to be there for it. Rainn’s AWESOME! Thanks Rainn and Tanster! (and yes, some of the text should be put into the quote randomizer)

  4. Missed another one!! NO!!

    and with Rainn Wilson nonetheless.

    I am thoroughly disappointed in myself for not refreshing officetally this evening…

    lesson learned.

  5. The one night I don’t check my Twitter obsessively *shakes head in disappointment* I can’t believed I missed another chat. Oh well, can’t wait to read the transcript- I heard it was awesome :). By the way, I had fun chatting with you all after Rainn had left haha.

  6. No! No! NNNOOOOOO!!!!!! I can’t believe I missed that!!!

    I can’t wait until the transcript gets posted. I have a feeling that I would need that after today.

  7. I logged in and hung back quietly to read the questions and Rainn’s answers. That was fun! Great questions from the OT fans and Rainn was a hoot. Thanks for doing this, Tanster! And Rainn…you rocked the house.

  8. Dangg. I totally missed it! I usually check this site like 20 times a day and the one night I’m gone and don’t have internet access Rainn is in the chat. ohh wells. Can’t wait for the transcript tanster! :)

  9. How ’bout putting this up a few days before he actually visits so that we can actually ask him questions.

    [from tanster: sorry about that! i’m not able to pre-announce chats.]

  10. #13, Cara – read Rainn’s Twitter updates and you’ll find out all about it. ;) (they’re also on nbc.com if you’re not on Twitter)

    [from tanster: you can follow Rainn’s Twitter feed here — he has half a million followers!]

  11. ahhhh, I made the transcript…yay!! This was the first time I was present for a chat with one of the cast and it was so cool. Thanks again Tanster, you also rock!

  12. #16, pamelajnewell – FTW means “For The Win”.

    This chat was hilarious. Rainn is a genuinely funny person and I appreciate that. I hope he does go to Broadway some day… I think that could suit him well.

  13. Thanks to Rainn and Tanster for a great chat last night. Loved it! Rainn was as hilarious as always, and I was so happy to see that I got a couple of questions answered.

  14. Radiohead is my favorite band of all time. Rainn just confirmed my eternal love for him. Goodness.

  15. Wow, thank you so much for letting a few of my comments go through, it is the strangest feeling to know you have ‘chatted’ with Rainn Wilson.

    #11 Steve – the chat room was swamped! There is no way these things can be announced in advance – the internet would probably collapse :)

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