The Office’s John Krasinski Owes ‘Everything’ to Jim Halpert Role

Thankful for the experience. Nearly 17 years ago, the premiere of The Office Show star John Krasinskiis fondly reminiscing on his time with the series.

“This show was my film school,” the Boston native, 42, recalled on the Wednesday, May 4, episode of the “Office Ladies” podcast. “I mean, I was a waiter before I got the show. I had zero experience in this business in anything — acting, writing, directing, producing, any of that stuff. And there it was, right in front of me.”

The A Quiet Place Director started his career playing Jim Halpert in the nine-season NBC comedy. While Krasinski is now out of the sitcom, his former costars are still with him Angela Kinsey Jenna Fischer(His TV wife!) On their rewatch podcast, they chat about his directorial debut.


John Krasinski as Jim Halpert in ‘The Office.’
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He continued: “I was somehow lucky enough to drop right into the most immense pool of talent that I could ever ask for. So I guess what I’m trying to say is: I owe absolutely everything to this show. This episode was directed by me [‘Sabre’] was so very special, and I will truly never forget it.”

“Writing-wise, there I was, front-row seat in the greatest room I could be. Visually, I did not know what a “camera” was. I didn’t know what the difference between lenses were. I didn’t know what type of cameras did what,” Krasinski — who married actress Emily Blunt in July 2010 — recalled to cohosts Kinsey, 50, and Fischer, 48. “The Office was shot [on a]One camera. It was the first time that this kind of show had been done in a long while. And so, we were shooting the show like a movie.”

The Office This documentary, which was first shown in March 2005, focuses on Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and his fellow Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. employees’ day-to-day work experiences. The series — which aired its finale in May 2013 — also starred Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor), B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard), Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone), Ed Helms (Andy Bernard) and Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer).

The Office was absolutely everything to me,” the Jake Ryan alum — who shares daughters Hazel, 8, and Violet, 5, with the Mary Poppins Returns star, 39 — told Esquire February 2020. “I mean it is my beginning and my end. I’m pretty sure at the end of my career I’ll still be known for [playing] Jim. That was my first encounter with Hollywood. It was the first creative family I’ve ever had. They will always be my most important friends and the most important person in my most important career experience. So yeah, if they did a reunion, I would absolutely love to do it.”