Rashida Jones Opens up About Being ‘Way Too Nervous on The Office’ as Karen Filippelli

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on

Rashida Jones acquired her large break taking part in Karen Filippelli on The Office. An intimidating position to stroll into, Karen was one other barrier between Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer). So The Office followers didn’t precisely welcome the Stamford worker with open arms.

Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on 'The Office' in the 'Cocktails' episode.
Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert | Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images by way of Getty Images

“I mean, Karen really is smitten by Jim — she has no other design, she’s not trying to break them up…. She didn’t even know about Pam!” Jones informed Entertainment Weekly again in 2007. ”Well, no one has thrown something at me at the least.”

Why Rashida Jones was so nervous when she was on ‘The Office’

In an interview with Off Camera that aired on May 6, Jones spoke about being “way too nervous” when she was on The Office.

“I used to be approach too nervous on The Office. Once and some time I’d pipe up and improv. By the tip of the season I used to be doing a a lot better job at that however I believe I in all probability put it extra into observe once I acquired to Parks as a result of it felt like I used to be extra concerned from the bottom up,” she stated.

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Part of the explanation Jones felt extra snug on Parks and Recreation than she did on The Office was as a result of she by no means actually felt like she was part of the solid.   

“I always felt like a guest star on The Office. Everybody was so nice to me but I always felt like a guest star. I never felt comfortable. I knew because I was the small point of a love triangle that eventually I’d have to be sacrificed,” she stated.

Additionally, Jones knew that being on The Office was a giant deal. She says, after being solid, she was conscious that her life was “changing a little bit.”

Rashida Jones on performing with Steve Carell on ‘The Office’

Jones was additionally maybe nervous to be on The Office as a result of she was performing reverse some inventive powerhouses like Steve Carell as Michael Scott.

“Steve Carell. What he did every day on that show, I’ll never forget it. Because he was so dedicated to the part. He tried something totally new and so weird on every take that was like fully honest and fully hilarious and also had like a ton of pathos every single take. Every single take they could have used,” Jones informed Off Camera.

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Carell additionally had a knack for making his castmembers break character and chuckle. Jones was no exception.  

“My first day on the Scranton set, I was sure I was going to get fired because we were doing a conference room scene and Steve Carell was being so thoroughly and relentlessly funny that I couldn’t stop laughing. He did something different, weird and incredible with every take. I seriously thought I was going to be excused, I was guffawing while they were rolling,” she informed The Hollywood Reporter in 2013.

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