‘The Office’: Why Jenna Fischer Hated Being in a Commercial for Universal Studios: ‘It Was Torture’

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘The Office’: Why Jenna Fischer Hated Being in a Commercial for Universal Studios: ‘It Was Torture’

Before starring on The Office, Jenna Fischer needed to take different sorts of performing gigs to earn some credit to her title. After touchdown a spot for a theme park business, Fischer didn’t have the expertise she anticipated.

Jenna Fischer of ‘The Office’ | Byron Cohen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Jenna Fischer heads to Universal Studios

In her 2017 ebook The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide, Fischer offers recommendation and suggestions for struggling actors on every part from casting businesses to conducting your self on set. The Office alum chronicles her journey to stardom which began with work as an additional.

“I got my first job as an extra on my third day in Los Angeles,” Fischer wrote. “I had barely unpacked and I already had a job! A friend of mine from college worked at Central Casting and heard about a commercial shoot for a new ride at Universal Studios in which non-union extras would earn $100 for the day.”

Ignoring the truth that the job required some non-descriptive “stunts,” Fischer was simply longing for the task.

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“Whatever that meant, we didn’t know. We didn’t care!” the Blades of Glory star stated in her ebook. “This was double the usual non-union rate, so we jumped at the chance. … Everything about the job seemed amazing.”

‘The Office’ star rides a curler coaster

Fischer quickly came upon the business was for the park’s new curler coaster water-based trip impressed by the 1993 movie Jurassic Park.

“We were loaded into a little boat and told where to look and when to scream,” she recalled. “The boat took off, and we laughed and screamed as we sped through the water, passing all sorts of giant dinosaurs. Then at the end of the ride, the boat climbed up a giant hill and careened down at breakneck speed, ending in a giant splash. It was really fun.”

Fun, at first. The Office alum revealed that filming the trip the primary few instances was fairly pleasing, however she by no means anticipated how lengthy she’d be in that little boat.

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“We rode the Jurassic water ride for 12 hours,” Fischer recalled. “Let me say that once more: We rode the Jurassic water trip for 12 hours. But that’s not all.”

Jenna Fischer and the ‘water cannon’

The sitcom star went on to explain the weather that had been used to make the trip look practical.

“They had men with hoses spraying us with water along the way,” Fischer wrote. “Warm water? Nope. The water was freezing cold. … Then, at the end of the day … they brought out the ‘water cannon.’”

Apparently this new prop designed so as to add drama to the business was fairly efficient in evoking emotion.

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“The water cannon was as terrifying as a real dinosaur. The man sitting next to me started crying a little to himself,” Fischer revealed. “Just as the water cannon boomed, he leaned far back in his seat. As a result, I got blasted in the face with a giant, icy-cold water cannonball. It hurt. It was torture. … The CIA should consider the Jurassic method because, by the end, I was ready to name names, any name, to get me off that damn ride.”

Fischer admits the expertise has resulted in lingering results, admitting, “Even now, when my family comes to town and wants to go to Universal Studios, I can’t ride that ride.”

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