The Office's Jenna Fischer Opens Up About Filming Emotional Scene of Dwight Comforting Pam
"I watched this scene and it just brought tears to my eyes, because I remember shooting it so clearly," Jenna Fischer said on the most recent episode of the Office Ladies podcast
The duo were discussing the season 3 episode titled "Back from Vacation" — an episode that sees Dwight comfort Pam after she witnesses Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and girlfriend Karen (Rashida Jones) make up after a fight.
"Angela, I watched this scene and it just brought tears to my eyes, because I remember shooting it so clearly," Fischer said on the podcast.
"This was, like, early on in the show, and whenever we had these really emotional scenes, like the parking lot scene between Jim and Pam, we would just kind of shut down everything," she continued. "And I remember that we shut down the set and we took hours prepping and shooting this crying scene."
Fischer recalled the lengths she went to in order to be able to cry for the scene, in which Pam is "sobbing."
"Rainn simply couldn't do that scene without empathizing with Pam. Every time we did a take he teared up when I cried harder," the actress said, getting emotional speaking about it before adding that looking back on the episode made her miss Wilson, 54.
"It was like Rainn Wilson the man was incapable of sitting next to a person in pain without feeling their pain, and this is a thing that we know about Rainn. It's a thing that we love about Rainn, and when I saw it in the scene it just made me miss Rainn so much, because that's who Rainn is to me on a personal level."
"It was a beautifully written scene," Fischer added. "I'm really proud of that scene, it's one of my favorites from the series that I got to do."