What’s not to love about The Office? Whether you’ve worked a sales gig or not — most of us have at some point in our lives — it’s easy to relate to Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer). And who could forget Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the quirky, inappropriate boss who was always finding ways to spice things up in the workplace? I’ll never forget Diversity Day.
Throughout all nine seasons of the NBC hit, I laughed (and cried) often. Like many hardcore fans, when the series ended, I felt like a part of me had died. Krasinski, whose breakout role was in The Office (fun fact: he was a server when he first landed the gig), said playing Jim on the show was pretty life-changing.
“I was lucky to be on a show where it was the most exciting and fun comedy that I’ve ever been a part of or experienced,” the 38-year-old recently told EW. “For me, it set a bar really, really high. I would love to do more comedy, it would just have to be that same level of feeling very real, and that’s going to be hard to find.”
Though the actor has since favored more serious roles in films like 13 Hours and A Quiet Place, he’s all about an Office reboot or reunion.
“I think we should reboot it,” he said. “I think it’s hard obviously with everybody’s schedule to do an Office reboot, but I would so be down. It wasn’t just a show for us. It was a family.”
Krasinski is far from the only Office alum who’s shown support for a reboot. In fact, most of the show’s stars are equally enthusiastic about the prospect.
Ed Helms, who played cheesy, clingy Andy Bernard on the show, said, “Hey, sign me up. I’d be there in a second. I miss those people so much. I miss that whole world. It was such a fun universe. It was an incredible place to just hang out and play as an actor. Those are some of the most wonderful people you’d ever hope to work with.”
Phyllis Smith, otherwise known as Phyllis Vance, also said a reunion would be amazing — the sooner, the better. “It was such a joy to work with those people, so any time they want to pull us back together, I’d be on board immediately,” she told EW during a press trip for Inside Out.
Angela Kinsey, who played cat-loving, weirdo accountant Angela Martin, is all in. “I know a handful of us would like to revisit it, but only if it was done correctly,” she told Zimbio in January. “I loved the way it wrapped up so beautifully. I do think there’s a smart and funny way to have a sneak peek back into Dunder Mifflin and the world, it would just have to be done really smartly. I think the only person that could do that is [The Office writer/producer] Greg Daniels. If he had an idea on how to bring this group back together, I am totally in.”
Her TV counterpart, Rainn Wilson, is also on board — as long as the revival makes sense. “I think everyone feels the same way. If the timing is right, if the idea is right then we’d love to do something,” he told Cinema Blend. “I don’t wanna go do new Office episodes. Kinda like on Will & Grace, they’re just doing the show again. I don’t really have a desire to do that. But if there was some fun little arc where we get to revisit our characters in a given time, that could be a lot of fun.”
And you can’t have Jim without Pam. Jenna Fischer also talked reunion this year. “I think the idea of an Office revival is — I think it’s a great idea,” she said. “I would be honored to come back in any way that I’m able to. I loved playing that character, and as long as Greg Daniels is the person in charge and the visionary behind it, then I would absolutely be up for it.”
Mindy Kaling, who played Kelly (she also had the most credits of any writer throughout the show’s lifespan), would be happy to relive some of the best years of her life.
“I loved working on the show and I was there for eight years,” she said during an appearance on The Talk. “I think that if Greg Daniels, who did the American version of the show, if he were to be in charge of it, I can’t imagine that I wouldn’t wanna help out in some way, or write.”
Then there’s Craig Robinson, who played the calm, cool, and collected Darryl Philbin. “Anything to do with The Office I would revisit,” he told IBT.
Even Creed is in!
“Yeah, I guess if they approached me [and said], ‘Would you like to do the Creed character?’ — why not?” he told Bustle in February. “If there were all these younger kids and some of us old characters still there…would they get the magic? It’d be doubtful, but it could happen.”
One essential person who’s not having it: Carell. According to the actor, an Office reboot might mean a subpar sequel, and he doesn’t want to ruin the show’s legacy.
“I don’t want to be a jerk about it,” Carell told ET, “but I think people who like the show originally would want it to come back exactly the way it was, but that could never happen because all the writers would be different, and I just wouldn’t want to recreate something that was a very, very specific moment in time. I kind of don’t want to do it because I love the show so much. I think people would be disappointed, I really do.”
I get that, but he’ll be missed if the rest of the cast reunites without him. I guess we’ll just have to hope for a change of heart.
Maybe the Halperts will be grandparents by then.
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