‘The Office’: Rashida Jones Talks Being in Awe of Steve Carell and Being Too Nervous to Improvise

by Jeremy Spirogis
Steve Carell and Rashida Jones in the

Rashida Jones was extremely nervous to be enjoying Karen Filippelli on The Office. The present was her “big break,” and he or she was performing reverse some immense skills.

Steve Carell’s portrayal of Michael Scott on The Office will go down in historical past as one of many funniest characters on tv. Jones says when she’d act with him, she’d be laughing so laborious she nervous about getting fired.

Steve Carell and Rashida Jones in the 'Ben Franklin' episode of 'The Office'
Steve Carell and Rashida Jones within the ‘Ben Franklin’ episode of ‘The Office’ | Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

“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 advised The Hollywood Reporter in 2013.

Rashida Jones studied Steve Carell when filming ‘The Office’

In a newer interview Jones did with Off Camera, she spoke extra about how unimaginable Carell was within the position of Michael Scott. She says she “paid attention” when Carell was performing. Even when she wasn’t known as to set, Jones mentioned if Carell was performing she’d present as much as watch him.

“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,” she mentioned.

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Jones says she was notably in awe of Carell’s improvisational expertise, one thing she had a tough time with herself.

“I don’t assume that I ever may do what Steve does. But I believed to myself, ‘I’d like to do this. I might love to do this.’ I used to be method too nervous on The Office. Once and some time I might pipe up and improv. By the tip of the season I used to be like doing a a lot better job of that,” she mentioned. “But I feel I most likely put it extra into follow once I received to Parks as a result of it felt like I used to be extra concerned from the bottom up.”

Jenna Fischer can be in awe of Steve Carell’s portrayal of Michael Scott on ‘The Office’

Jones isn’t the one Office actor who was and nonetheless is blown away by Carell’s efficiency. Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly) advised The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that Carell “is a master of timing.”

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“When I think of Steve I just think of the word precision. He is so precise in his ability to land a joke or to land an emotional beat, and yet it appears effortless. I don’t think you ever see him trying. It’s just a really beautiful quality, really a treat to get to work with him for so long and get to observe that. And I’m not sure if it’s something you can learn. You either just have that inherent sense of timing, or you don’t,” she mentioned.

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