What The Cast Of ‘The Office’ Is Like In Real Life

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The American version of “The Office” debuted on NBC on March 24, 2005. The series follows the business proceedings and the everyday lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The series was filmed to simulate a documentary series, which included confessional style interviews that created a humorous tone hard to imitate. However, the actors who played some of your favorite Dunder Mifflin employees are very different than their characters. Find out what Pam, Erin, Jim, and others are like in real life.

Melora Hardin (Jan Levinson)

Jan Levinson certainly had an interesting life. Aside from her up and down relationship with Michael, her life also made many twists and turns. She was the Vice President of Northeastern Sales, but had a breakdown and eventually began her own candle business. After having a child, she seemed to have leveled out and became the CEO of Scranton White Pages.

Melora Hardin (Jan Levinson)

Melora Hardin played Jan Levinson from 2005-2013. After which, she played various roles, such as Judy in the 2015 film “Self/less.” Her most well-known role since “The Office,” was as Tammy Cashman on the hit series “Transparent.” For this role, she nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin)

The cold and stern head of Accounting department at Dunder was Angela Martin. Martin may be best remembered for lodging several complaints to HR, loving cats, and having a secret (eventually revealed) relationship with Dwight. Dwight and Angela’s wedding helped bring all the cast back together for one last hurrah on the show.

Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin)

“The Office” helped launch Angela Kinsey’s career. Since playing Martin, she has not slowed down. She has played several recurring roles on series such as “The Hotwives of Orlando,” “Impress Me,” and “Your Family or Mine.” Her most recent role was as Bethany on the Netflix original “Haters Back Off!” Look out for her in 2018, as she is already credited with roles in several productions to be released this year.

Catherine Tate (Nellie Bertram)

Although she was outwardly crass and irrational, deep down all Nellie Bertram wanted was friendship (and Andy’s job). She was quite ambitious and applied to positions which she was certainly not qualified for. However, she somehow finagled her way into them. By the end of the series, the office finally realized that Nellie was trying to connect socially, just not in the most obvious ways.

Catherine Tate (Nellie Bertram)

Catherine Tate is known by many, not for her role on “The Office,” but rather her sketch comedy series “The Catherine Tate Show.” The show ran before she played Nellie as well as for a short time after. She has since appeared in several TV movies such as “Billionaire Boy” and “Do Not Disturb” as well as done voice work for productions such as “Duck Tales” and “Monster Family.”

Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute)

There is no perfect way to describe Dwight. He lacked common sense. However, “The Office” would be lost without him. He always worshiped Michael, and although he didn’t like Jim at first, he learned to love him too. He is a self-described expert on military strategy and weapons, seduction, and entrepreneurship. Dwight was the only character that appeared in every single episode.

Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute)

Rainn Wilson’s character was one of the most loved on the show, which can be seen by the several awards he won for his portrayal of Dwight. 2017 was a big year for Rainn as he worked on four feature films. Outside of acting, Dwight published his autobiography, titled “The Bassoon King,” in 2015. He is also the co-founder of the digital media company, SoulPancake.

Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Lapin-Vance)

Phyllis Lapin-Vance went to high school with Michael. Despite everyone in the office thinking she was old, she was actually younger than Michael (as he repeated the first grade). She was often the butt of the joke which led to her low self-esteem. However, she gained more confidence after she married Bob Vance. On “Where Are They Now,” it was revealed that Phyllis found the daughter she gave up for adoption and moved to St. Louis.

Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Lapin-Vance)

Soon after “The Office” wrapped, Phyllis Smith played her critically acclaimed role of Sadness in Pixar’s “Inside Out.” She won several awards for this performance. Her most recent roles were in 2016. She played Betty Broderick-Allen on “The OA,” and Sr. Julia – Child of God in “Nunsense.” Hopefully, she reemerges in the spotlight soon.

Rashida Jones (Karen Filippelli)

Karen Filippelli was a sales representative at the Stamford Branch. Although she outwardly said she didn’t like Jim, she eventually changed her mind and developed feelings for him. When she transferred to the Scranton Branch, she and Jim began to date. However, things didn’t work out, and he broke up with her in New York. Luckily, they both found happiness elsewhere.

Rashida Jones (Karen Filippelli)

Rashida Jones played Karen Filippelli on “The Office,” from 2006-2011. While working “The Office,” she simultaneously worked on “Parks and Recreations.” Through her role in these two series, she is considered a celebrated comedic TV actress. Her most recent role was as Santamonica on the series “Blackish.” Behind the camera, Jones has acted as a producer for a documentary and several TV series.

Steve Carrell (Michael Gary Scott)

Michael Gary Scott was the branch manager throughout much of the series and was the central point for many of crazy antics in the office. Despite being “the boss,” Michael had a rather lax relationship with all of the employees at the company. Although, he always hated Toby and thought he was the Devil’s spawn. He left the company in season 7 when he moved to Colorado.

Steve Carrell (Michael Gary Scott)

Michael Gary Scott was portrayed by Steve Carrell. Steve Carrell was already a celebrated actor before “The Office,” and that certainly did not change after. He has since worked on films such as “The Big Short,” “Fox Catcher,” and “Despicable Me.” He is currently credited with roles in 3 films set to be released in 2018 as well as already one to be released in 2019.

John Krasinski (Jim Halpert)

Jim may have had the most common sense at Dunder, which may have been why he also had the most enthralling relationships. His love/hate relationship with Dwight was always hysterical to watch, while his relationship with Pam made you believe in true love. “The Office” certainly wouldn’t have been the same without Jim.

John Krasinski (Jim Halpert)

John Krasinski is still best known for his role as Jim on “The Office,” despite playing several other roles. He is currently working on his directorial debut on the film “A Quiet Place.” He stars in the film alongside his wife, Emily Blunt. It has also been announced that he will play the title role of the new Amazon Prime series “Jack Reacher.”

Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly-Halpert)

Pam was the receptionist at Dunder Mifflin. She was always not quite sure of herself, but polite to everyone. At the beginning of the series, she was engaged to warehouse employee, Roy Anderson. However, she and Jim eventually admit their feelings to each other and get married. Despite getting into some disagreements towards the end of the series, Pam and Jim move together to pursue other business ventures.

Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly-Halpert)

Jenna Fischer was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Pam on “The Office.” She has since played recurring roles on series such as “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” “The Mysteries of Laura.” Her first book, “The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide,” was published in November 2017. She is set to appear in a new series titled “Splitting Up Together,” in 2018.

Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon)

Erin Hannon, played by Ellie Kemper, was another receptionist at Dunder Mifflin. Erin was always cheery and happy to be working at Dunder Mifflin. However, she was also very naive and easy to impress. She enjoyed working with Michael and was always happy to help him with anything, including laughing at his jokes. She had an up and down relationship with Andy, but she chose Pete.

Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon)

Ellie Kemper’s character was a well-loved one on “The Office.” She continued to receive critical acclaim for her roles with the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” She received two Primetime Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Kimmy Schmidt. Her most recent role has been voicing Crackle on the children’s animated series “Sofia the First.”

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