Six years after its conclusion, actresses Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey have launched a podcast series to commemorate their iconic mockumentary-sitcom The Office (2005-2013), appropriately titled Office Ladies. Fischer is best known for playing mischievous receptionist Pam Beesley and is one half of a “will-they, won’t-they” romance with John Krasinski’s Jim Halpert.
Kinsey is best known for playing the stuck-up and religious, but hilarious, accountant Angela, whose “secret” romance with the odd Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson). Kinsey’s bubbly personality is far from her stuck-up persona in the series.As real-life best friends, this comes as a shock because they actively disliked each other in the series, with Pam thinking Angela was rude and judgemental and Angela believing Pam was overtly flirtatious in the office. Fischer and Kinsey’s first podcast focuses on the ‘Pilot’ episode of the series, describing their nostalgia as the show approaches its 15th anniversary.
The actresses relate to the fans as they describe themselves as becoming “nerdy fans” themselves after re-watching the episodes. Rather than providing a commentary of each episode, Fischer primarily indulges fans with what she calls “fast facts” about the production process and filming the Pilot episode. For example, Fischer reminisces about meeting original show creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, describing how nervous she was as a “super-fan” of the BBC comedy, which had a small but significant run from 2001-2003. As The Office (2001-2003) was met with such critical and fan acclaim, it is understandable that there was much media attention and apprehension with the proposed American remake, helmed by Greg Daniels.
Overall it is a nostalgic podcast which will please fans
As Fischer relinquishes anecdotes from the set, it can at times seem like Kinsey needn’t be there as she listens to stories which she wasn’t involved in. However, the dynamic between the two and their close friendship lets Kinsey weigh in on the conversation, as they reminisce about their off-screen bond with Steve Carell and his performance as lovable buffoon Michael Scott, which left them in hysterics. A highlight of the podcast includes Fischer talking about her first impressions of the cast. Already in character as Dwight without her knowing, Fischer thought Wilson was “the weirdest person I’d ever met in my life”. His method acting clearly paid off as Dwight has since become one of the most quotable characters in the series. Although the podcast is peppered with awkward sponsor promotions from the actresses, overall it is a nostalgic podcast which will please fans of The Office as we learn on-set hijinks which resonate with the magic of the show, making listeners remember why we loved it in the first place.
Last modified: 19th November 2019