Jenna Fischer wasn’t all the time the lovable Pam.
“The Workplace” star detailed her rise to stardom in an interview revealed by The New York Instances on Tuesday the place she recalled touchdown her very first gig in Hollywood.
Fischer advised The Instances that she instantly bought a pager and set her sights on L.A. proper after school — imagining she’d be a working actor in simply six quick months.
That wasn’t the case.
In six months, she was “broke and depressed.”
“Then at some point one thing extraordinary occurred,” she recalled.
“A quantity I didn’t acknowledge was flashing on the display. Lastly, after all of the battle, the years of dreaming, the scene research lessons, the motion lessons, the voice and speech work, my efforts had been about to repay. I had landed my first actual appearing job.”
Fischer’s first actual appearing job was in a sex-ed video for psychological well being sufferers and she or he even recalled a lot of the dialogue.
“The scene was shot in an house lavatory. I wore my very own garments and did my very own make-up. I performed a woman getting ready to go on a date. Whereas preparing, my older sister entered the toilet, and we exchanged the next riveting dialogue:
SISTER Wow, you’re spending numerous time preparing. You could actually like this man. Are you bringing safety?
ME Safety? Safety from what?
SISTER For those who plan to turn into sexually lively, you’ll want safety from being pregnant and sexually transmitted ailments,” she remembered.
“Apparently my character had by no means spent a lot time on this lavatory, as a result of at this level, the sister opened a drawer and revealed each kind of contraceptive gadget ever invented…” she mentioned.
“Then, on the finish, I bought to say, ‘Thanks, Sis! I’m glad I understand how to guard myself.’”
The Emmy-nominated actress was paid a whopping $100 for the two-hour shoot.
Whereas she might always remember her “Thanks, sis!” line — the road that actually modified her life, she mentioned, was this one: “Dunder Mifflin, that is Pam.”