11 Secrets You Didn't Know About "The Office"

The NBC series, "The Office," gave a whole new meaning to the term "dry humor." It's hilarious view of the every day American work life would not have been such a success without the hard work of cast and producers. Before it's last episode, the cast and crew members shared some of the series' best kept secrets.

  • Interracial Love

    Interracial Love

    The writers originally wanted Jim and Pam to be an interracial couple. They planned on having Erica Vittina Phillips play Pam and Craig Robinson, who ended up playing Darryl, play Roy. But when Jenna Fischer auditioned for Pam she was too good to ignore, and the rest is history.
  • "Go! Fight! Win!"

    "Go! Fight! Win!"

    Before her days on "The Office," Phyllis Smith--who plays Phyllis Lapin-Vance on the show--was an NFL cheerleader for the former St. Louis Cardinals football team before they moved to Arizona! We were introduced to her dancing skills in the fifth season episode "Cafe Disco" where she strains her back.
  • Casting Genius                      

    Casting Genius                      

    Speaking of Phyllis Smith, she never intended to star in the show. She was working as a casting associate when the show created a role for her. This was a stroke of genius by the producers of the show. Her character is great; just when you think you have her figured out, she tosses out references to erotic cakes.
  • Jan Levinson-Poehler?

    Jan Levinson-Poehler?

    Melora Hardin brought life to the character of Jan that many of us loved to hate. Would you believe that Amy Poehler almost landed the job in place of Melora? That would have brought a whole new feel to the show for sure. Don't feel too bad for Amy though; she landed the lead whole in another NBC comedy, "Parks and Rec" which many "Office" fans also enjoyed due to its similar setup.
  • True Love

    True Love

    Nancy Carell (née Walls) plays Michael's realtor and once lover on the show. Nancy and Steve have been married since 1995. There real life relationship is fortunately far stronger than their on screen romance. She is an SNL alum, and also worked with Carell on "The Daily Show" where they were both correspondents.
  • Straight Oscar

    Straight Oscar

    Oscar Nunez was not supposed to be gay. When the writers were creating the storyline when Michael Scott tried to figure out which of his colleagues was gay, they chose Oscar simply because the wardrobe staff dressed him in a pink shirt at the time.
  • Real Names

    Real Names

    Four major characters in the series had the privilege of using their real names in the roles they played. The actors are Angela Kinsey who played Angela, Oscar Nunez playing Oscar, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis, and Creed Bratton as Creed.
  • Old School Connections

    Old School Connections

    Some of the actors were connecting long before they starred on “The Office” together. Not only are John Krasinski, who played Jim, and BJ Novak, who played Ryan, from the same town in Massachusetts, they both graduated from Newton South High School in 1997.
  • Diamonds Are Forever

    Diamonds Are Forever

    Actors are known to take souvenirs from the set throughout a series. But you never would have guessed sweet Pam to be one of those people. Jenna Fischer kept the engagement ring that Jim gave her in the fifth season. Even after the series stopped airing, she’s been seen wearing the ring.
  • No British Invasion

    No British Invasion

    Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott, never watched the British version of “The Office.” He was worried that he would simply imitate Ricky Gervias’s character instead of making the character his own. But Carell was also worried that he would not be able to give justice to the character, having never seen the British series. Fortunately, he did an unbelievable job.
  • Writers Among Us

    Writers Among Us

    Many of the cast members also worked as writers for the series. Paul Lieberstein playing Toby, Mindy Kaling playing Kelly, Steve Carell playing Michael, and BJ Novak playing Ryan all doubled as writers for various episodes. Who knew Toby could be funny in real life?
  • Not So Fictional

    Not So Fictional

    The Dunder Mifflin Paper Company was created specifically for the series with no ties to reality. However due to the vast popularity of the show, tourism in Scranton, PA skyrocketed. The fictional paper company was named an actual member of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce since it brings in millions of dollars a year in town revenue.
  • No More Dwight

    No More Dwight

    Rainn Wilson almost had his own spin-off show focused around the family beet farm called “The Farm.” If NBC had actually bought “The Farm” that’s the last “The Office” would have seen of Dwight Schrute and his cousin Mose. Rainn would have left “The Office” midseason. Although a show based solely on Dwight would have been absolutely hilarious, we are eternally grateful that Rainn was able to stay with “The Office.”
  • BFFs For Life

    BFFs For Life

    Pam and Angela’s relationship was rocky to say the least. Angela judged Pam for her not so conventional ways, while Pam occasionally lashed out as Angela for being too tightly wound. While these two actresses play very convincing enemies, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey are actually best friends in real life. Mind blown.
  • Homage To The Brits

    Homage To The Brits

    Even though Steve Carell admitted to never watching the original British series he did happen to give credit to the Brits. In various shots, Michael Scott has a Union Jack flag on his desk as a symbol of thanks to the inspiration for “The Office.”
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