'The Office': Where Are They Now?
I truly believe that The Office will go down in history as one of the best sitcoms of all-time. The show is an American adaptation of the BBC series of the same name (written and developed originally by Ricky Gervais and Stephan Merchant), and ran on NBC for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013.
The series took a look at the lives of the employees of a humble paper company, Dunder Mifflin, which was located in the fictional town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The show was filmed in the style of a documentary (which was explained in the show as being a PBS documentary about the American workplace), giving us a look at the character’s work, love lives, families, friendships, and more.
Many of the show’s huge ensemble cast has gone on to major success in Hollywood, but where is the rest of The Office cast now?
As the show’s main character and boss, Michael Scott, Steve Carell was obviously the breakout star of The Office. Michael Scott was the boss that everyone would both hate and love to have; he was both cringe-worthy and endearing at the same time, and you couldn’t help but eventually fall in love with the character. Though Carell bowed out of the show before it ended in 2011, he did return for the finale in 2013, which gave us a heartfelt peak at Michael Scott’s life after leaving Scranton and settling down with his wife, Holly.
Since departing the show in 2011, Carell has had a highly successful film career. He’s starred in tons of Hollywood blockbusters, including Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), Foxcatcher (2014), The Big Short (2015), Café Society (2016), Battle of the Sexes (2017), Welcome to Marwen (2018) and has voiced the character of Gru in the Despicable Me and Minions films since 2010.
Carell is married to actress Nancy Carrel (who had a cameo on the show as Michael Scott’s former real-estate agent and ex-girlfriend, Carol), and they have two children together.
John Krasinski brought lots of humour to the show as paper salesman Jim Halpert. Though his “will-they-or-won’t-they” romance with Pam Beasley (Jenna Fischer) was most of Jim’s storylines, he also played a big part in the office’s overall dynamics with his friendly feud with Dwight, character progression from underachiever to eventual assistant manager, and hilarious facial expressions (*stares into the camera*).
After The Office ended, Krasinski went on to have a successful career in both film and television. He acted in Aloha (2015) and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016). He can currently be seen in the Amazon political drama, Jack Ryan. In 2018, he received critical and commercial acclaim for directing, writing, producing and starring in the horror film, A Quiet Place, alongside his wife, actress, Emily Blunt. A spin-off film set in the same universe (but not focusing on the same family) is set to be released in 2020.
Krasinski and Blunt have been married since 2010, and have two daughters.
Jenna Fischer played everyone’s favourite receptionist, Pam Beesly, on the show. Again, while her relationship with Jim was most of the focus during the show’s nine season run, Pam also had plenty of storylines about her dreams of being an artist, her life as a mother, and her friendships with the other office staff (particularly Michael Scott).
Since The Office ended, Fischer has had a pretty quiet career, staring in a few films, including Hall Pass (2011) and Are You Here (2013). She can currently be seen on the ABC comedy, Splitting Up Together.
Fischer is married to screenwriter Lee Kirk (she also starred in The Giant Mechanical Man in 2012, which was directed by Kirk); together, they have two children.
The Office was so great at giving us nuanced characters; people you really disliked, but also grew fond of, people who annoyed you, but you had a soft spot for. I think Rainn Wilson’s portrayal of Dwight Schrute perfectly falls into that description- Dwight was at all times an obnoxious, nerdy, pretentious, suck-up…but he was also surprisingly sweet, kind, caring and heartfelt. Wilson’s depiction of him really allowed us to feel like Dwight was a real person whom we all loved to hate.
Since The Office ended, Wilson has acted in the sci-fi film, Uncanny (2015), horror movie, The Boy (2015), and sci-fi shark flick, The Meg (2018). He starred in the only season of Fox’s crime comedy-drama, Backstrom (2015), and has had a recurring guest role on Star Trek: Discovery since 2017. Wilson also voices the roles of Rattleballs and Peacemaster on Cartoon Network’s animated comedy, Adventure Time.
Wilson has been married since 1995 and has one son. He and his family split their time between their homes in Los Angeles, California and Sisters, Oregon.
Andy Bernard started on the show as one of the transplants from the Stamford branch of Dunder Mifflin, finagled his way into the role of Regional Manager of the Scranton office, before finally resigning and taking back his old job as a paper salesman. Ed Helms was perfect in his role as Cornell-loving, a-capella singing, and incredibly insecure salesman, Andy Bernard.
The show definitely catapulted Helm’s career- most people still know him from The Hangover film series- but he’s done quite a bit of work since The Office ended. He’s starred in They Came Together (2014), the 2015 reboot of the National Lampoon films, Vacation, Love the Coopers (2015), and Tag (2018).
Helms is also in a bluegrass band called The Lonesome Trio; he plays banjo, guitar and piano.
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We all know Mindy Kaling as the lovable Kelly Kapoor, but she was also one of the writers, executive producers, and directors of the show, too! Since the show’s end, Kaling has gone on to have a very successful career; starring in her own Fox comedy, The Mindy Project from 2012-2017, and starring in films like A Wrinkle in Time (2018) and Ocean’s 8 (2018). Kaling has also released two memoirs, the latter of which, Why Not Me (2015) debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.
Ellie Kemper was another breakout star from The Office. She played receptionist Erin Hannon on the show until 2013, but went on to star in her own Netflix comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from 2015-2019. She’s also appeared in several films including Sex Tape in 2014 and They Came Together (also released in 2014), which she acted alongside fellow Office co-star, Ed Helms.
Darryl Philbin moved from the warehouse to the office, and Craig Robinson’s portrayal of the hilarious and business-savvy worker made him one of the favourites amongst the fandom. Since The Office, Robinson has acted in several films, including This is the End (2013), Get On Up (2014), Table 19 (2017) and comedy-drama, Morris from America (2016), which received critical acclaim and led to a Special Jury Prize win at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival awards for Robinson. Robinson has had guest roles on sitcoms Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mr. Robot. He also starred and produced the sitcoms Mr. Robinson (one season, 2015), and Ghosted (one season, 2017).
While B.J. Novak was most known for playing “wunderkind” Ryan Howard, on the show, he also served as one of the writers and executed producers of The Office. After the show’s end, Novak had guest roles on The Mindy Project and The Newsroom. He also had cameos on Crazy-Ex Girlfriend and Community. Novak and Kaling (who dated on-and-off and real life, just like their Office counterparts) announced that they signed a book deal together in 2015 to write a memoir about their friendship and relationship, though no release date for the book has been set.
Since his role of Stanley Hudson ended, Leslie David Baker has had a relatively quiet career. He’s had guest roles on shows like Key & Peele, The Exes and Raven’s Home. He also had a voice role in the children’s film, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), which co-starred fellow Office alum, Ed Helms.
We’ll never forget Kevin Malone, but Brian Baumgartner has also had guest roles in Hot in Cleveland, Melissa & Joey, and Chicago Fire, since The Office’s end.
She was our favourite office boozer as Meredith Palmer. Since The Office ended, Kate Flannery has had guest roles on TV shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, American Housewife, Young Sheldon, and also voices the character of Barb Miller on animated series, Steven Universe.
Cat lover and everything-else-hater, Angela Martin, was portrayed perfectly by Angela Kinsey. Since the show’s end, she’s had a starring role in Hulu’s comedy series, The Hotwives of Orlando, was a series regular on the Netflix comedy, Haters Back Off, and had guest appearances on shows like The Real O’Neals, Fresh off the Boat, and Miracle Workers.
Who didn’t love the character of Oscar? Since the show ended, Oscar Nunez has been seen on several sitcoms, including New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine¸ Shameless and People of Earth.
Phyllis Smith and Creed Bratton haven’t done much acting since the end of The Office. Smith most notable voiced the character of Sadness in the 2015 Pixar film, Inside Out, while Bratton has made guest appearances on Netflix comedy, Grace and Frankie, and acted in the 2018 western, The Sisters Brothers.
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It seems like the cast of The Office are all still pretty close, with several of the actors appearing on each other’s projects, posting pictures together on social media, and spending time together off-screen, but what about an official reunion of The Office or a reboot?
The cast seem pretty split about it. Steve Carrel has said that he wouldn’t partake in any sort of reunion or remake for pretty sentimental reasons; according to him, there’s just no way to recreate the magic of the original show. Carell even joked about a reunion or reboot when he starred on Saturday Night Live in November 2018; Ellie Kemper, Jenna Fischer and Ed Helms all showed up during the monologue to convince him to do a reboot.
The rest of the cast members seem open about it, though. John Krasinski and Kemper are both on board for a one-off Christmas special that has a “where are they now?” look at all the former characters. The former cast mates also sparked reboot rumors in December 2018, when Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Brian Baumgartner, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Angela Kinsey, and Paul Liebertsein (Toby), gathered together for brunch at the home of Greg Daniels (the man responsible for developing and adapting the American version of the show).
There have been rumours since 2017 that NBC has been working on a The Office reboot, but nothing has come to fruition yet.
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