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B.J. Novak announced on the Pete Holmes’ podcast “You Made it Weird” that he is considering a run for mayor of Los Angeles.

B.J. Novak Has Bigger Plans Other Than TV

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By Brenda Neugent

B.J. Novak first became a household name - or at least a recognizable face - for his appearances as Ryan Howard on the sitcom "The Office" and for his work on the Ashton Kutcher prank show "Punk'd." He had earlier gone to high school with John Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert on the show, at Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts, so the two knew each other long before they starred together on the show. (They also played Little League together, according to a 2009 newspaper interview.) "Sometimes when this feels too good to be true, I think that if this were all a dream, that would be what should have tipped me off," he said during an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2009. I'd wake up saying, "I was in this incredible TV show and it was a big hit and the star was John from high school. Isn't that weird?"

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B.J. Novak has considered running for mayor of Los Angeles, he told comedian Pete Holmes on his podcast, "You Made it Weird."
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And while Novak is also known for briefly dating another "Office" co-star, Mindy Kaling - the two remain very close friends - the actor, writer, director, and comedian is considering using his familiarity for a greater good. Novak, during an appearance on the Pete Holmes' podcast "You Made it Weird" - Holmes, also a comedian, is best known for the series "Crashing" and "The Pete Holmes Show" - said that his love for Los Angeles has made him consider a potential run for mayor.

B.J. Novak may consider politics in the future.
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"I love Los Angeles. If I could figure out a way to translate my love into making the city better, I would," he told Holmes. "I think there's a lot of ways to make the city better. I think Los Angeles has a pride deficit. And Los Angeles is one of the great cities in the world. The kids growing up ... they don't necessarily feel that. Investing in the city's identity is a very small investment that would affect the mythology of the city to the kids growing up. It would affect their whole lives."

B.J. Novak said that "ideas and dreams" are what would be his most important issues if he were in politics.
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Transportation and education are also issues that are important to Novak, a liberal, but he added, "what I'm interested in really are ideas and dreams." And if he did toss his hat in the ring to run for mayor of L.A., he would use the creativity that comes from the art world as his inspiration. "Most people who run for mayor are interested in how the trains work," he added. "I want the trains to work, but I'm more interested in how a kid growing up feels about their lives." (He also said that if Ashton Kutcher ran for mayor, "he would win in a heartbeat.")

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak briefly dated but remained strong friends following their split.
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"The Office" star said that President Barack Obama was funny during the 2019 White House Correspondents dinner, an event that was founded in 2014 and has morphed into a bit of a presidential roast. (President Donald Trump has not attended once since he officially took office in 2017.) "Obama was very funny," Novak told the Philly Inquirer. "He has a great sense of timing and how far to push things. If the presidential thing doesn't work out, I'm sure he has a future at the Borgata." Novak, who will likely always dodge questions over his romantic relationship with Mindy Kaling, is the godfather of her daughter, Katherine.

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