For Jenna Fischer, 'Office' Life Is A Great Act Jenna Fischer may be best known for her role as Pam, the receptionist on the NBC comedy series The Office. In this interview, Fischer tells Terry Gross about creating all those pained looks and knowing smiles — and about how her five years as an office temp helped to prepare her for the role.
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For Jenna Fischer, 'Office' Life Is A Great Act

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For Jenna Fischer, 'Office' Life Is A Great Act

For Jenna Fischer, 'Office' Life Is A Great Act

For Jenna Fischer, 'Office' Life Is A Great Act

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Jenna Fischer may be best known for her role as Pam, the receptionist on the NBC comedy series The Office. In this interview, Fischer tells Terry Gross about creating all those pained looks and knowing smiles — and about how her five years as an office temp helped to prepare her for the role.

This interview was originally broadcast on June 3, 2008.

Jenna Fischer, Keeping It Real at 'The Office'

Jenna Fischer, Keeping It Real at 'The Office'

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St. Louis woman: Jenna Fischer made her way from Missouri to Hollywood in a beat-up Mazda hatchback. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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St. Louis woman: Jenna Fischer made her way from Missouri to Hollywood in a beat-up Mazda hatchback.

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