Good news for fans of The Office currently mourning the inevitable removal of their favorite show from Netflix’s lineup. A revival is in the works at NBC and John Krasinsky—aka Jim Halpert—is totally in.
“The Office was absolutely everything to me. I mean, it is my beginning and my end. I’m pretty sure at the end of my career I’ll still be known for Jim,” Krasinsky said in a new interview with Esquire. “That was my first experience with Hollywood. It was the first creative family I’ve ever had. In many ways, they will always be the most important people in that most important experience in my career. So yeah, if they did a reunion, I would absolutely love to do it.”
This echoes his previous statement to Entertainment Weekly, though with a tad more enthusiasm. “I think we should reboot it,” he said in 2018. “I think it’s hard obviously with everybody’s schedule to do an Office reboot, but I would so be down.”
He even had some ideas. “Maybe we could do, like, a Christmas special or something,” he told EW. “The British show did a Christmas special, which is like, ‘Where are they now?’ for one episode because I don’t know how we’ll get everybody together for 22 episodes.”
However, Krasinski’s interest in revisiting the NBC series has not always been so clear to fans. The actor-director, now known for his marriage to Emily Blunt and highly praised projects like The Quiet Place, was once somewhat distancing himself from his time as dopey heartthrob Jim. He once notably fired back at a relatively sweet, innocuous quote from costar Jenna Fischer. “There’s a real part of me that is Pam and a real part of him that is Jim, and those parts of us were genuinely in love with one another,” the actor said on an episode of Watch What Happens Live back in 2016 (three years after the series finale).
But Krasinski didn’t agree. “I think that was wildly misquoted or taken out of context,” Krasinski told The Daily Beast. “I’m sure she was trying to say something nice about how genuine the acting relationship was, of bringing a relationship that became that popular onscreen—and I think we both feel it’s such an honor to be a part of that relationship. As far as how she was quoted about saying we were ‘genuinely in love,’ I think that was taken wildly out of context and I feel bad for her.” Ouch.
Now, though, Krasinski is more open about addressing his original fears post–The Office. “The Office was so big at the time, but I think a lot of people were afraid to cast certain cast members in anything else because they were just known as that one thing, which I completely understood,” he told Esquire. “It wasn’t an aggressive anger toward it. It was just a reality that I think I wasn’t, if I’m honest, genuinely prepared for.”
Well, well, well, how the turntables…