Jenna Fischer had a tough time landing roles in Hollywood before she rose to fame as Pam in “The Office,” and her first role as an actress will likely come as a shock to most of her fans.
In an essay published by The New York Times on Tuesday, Fischer revealed that after living in Los Angeles for about a year she was on the brink of giving up on her acting dreams and ended up taking a job as a receptionist.
“The thought of quitting was constant,” Fischer wrote. “But I was too embarrassed to go back to St. Louis. I’d basically told everyone I was going to be this big star in Hollywood, and after almost a year I hadn’t booked a single job. I was humbled and humiliated.”
Fischer had just about given up on her dream of becoming an actress but finally landed her first role in a sexual education video for mental health patients. She made just $100 for the job but, it inspired her to keep pursuing a career that would eventually take off with the hit comedy.
“It was important to me; it gave me the courage to keep going, to stay in Los Angeles and chase my dream,” Fischer wrote. “Until eight years later, when I eventually got to say a line that would change my life forever: ‘Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam.’”
Nobody would be surprised if this is how Angela got her career going, but nobody saw this coming from Pam.