“The Office” had a mini reunion recently when Steve Carrell joined Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey on their podcast as a guest.
During the episode of the “Office Ladies” podcast, the three friends reminisced about their days on the popular show and shared some highlights and memories, as well as answer fan questions.
Steve Carrell Joined The “Office Ladies” Podcast To Discuss His Time On The Show
Carrell, 60, played quirky Dunder Mifflin branch manager Michael Scott for seven seasons. During the podcast, they started at the beginning for Carrell – when he auditioned for the show. He said “The Office” was his first big role, and the audition was different than any other he had been on.
“The audition for ‘The Office’ was unlike any audition I’ve ever had,” Carrell said. “It felt like it was a workshop. It didn’t feel like an audition. There didn’t seem to be a ton of pressure.”
Fischer, 49, who played Pam Beesly on the show, then said she remembers when she did a screentest with Carrell after many callbacks. Carrell jumped in to add, “I remember auditioning with you. I remember how grounded you were instantly in your character.”
Steve Carrell Talked About His Favorite Memories On “The Office”
Fischer said that people were very excited to hear Carrell’s favorite episodes and memories on the show, but they all agreed it’s hard to pick a favorite.
“My last one, talk about hard, it was a really difficult episode to do but I also loved it at the same time because it was sort of that end game for Michael,” he said.
“It was that culmination, showing the growth that he didn’t need the big send off, he didn’t need the big party. He could say goodbye to all of his friends on his own terms without any of the fanfare, so that I really enjoyed having that character evolve to that point, that moment.”
Carrell also said one of his favorite episodes was “Dinner Party” that was shot after coming back from a writers’ strike. He said that episode was “just sitting there waiting.”
“I think everyone was so ready to get back to work and had really missed each other, and this was an episode that was just sitting there waiting to happen for a while,” he said. “There was a lot going on in that one so I liked that one too.”
Steve Carrell’s Last Episode On The Show Was Emotional
The final few weeks on the show for Carrell were tough for everyone in the cast, but Carrell said the timing was right for him to move on.
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“It was difficult because we were such good friends and it had been so much fun and so rewarding in a lot of ways, all ways, but at the same time, for me, there was a joy to it,” he said.
“I wasn’t sad about leaving. It was time for other characters to kind of step to the forefront and other storylines to be pursued. I think it was the right, the timing was right. I think for everybody but simultaneously there’s just a sense of joy for me that we had experienced all of this and we were getting, I was getting a chance to kind of take a lap with everybody.”
He concluded talking about how he felt during the last few weeks on the show by saying, “And the way those last two episodes were structured, it felt very rich to me to simultaneously be saying goodbye as Michael and us as friends in this moment of work together. But, yeah, it was a lot, it was a very emotional thing.”
Kinsey, 51, who played Angela Martin on the show added, “It was just hitting us in waves, I remember. We would laugh one minute and then be tearing up the next. But like you said, it was because we’d had such a good run, we’d had such a good time.”