Jenna Fischer's first acting gig was a spokesperson for safe sex
Jenna Fischer wasn’t always the lovable Pam.
“The Office” star detailed her rise to stardom in an interview published by The New York Times on Tuesday where she recalled landing her very first gig in Hollywood.
Fischer told The Times that she immediately purchased a pager and set her sights on L.A. right after college — imagining she’d be a working actor in just six short months.
That wasn’t the case.
In six months, she was “broke and depressed.”
“Then one day something extraordinary happened,” she recalled.
“A number I didn’t recognize was flashing on the screen. Finally, after all the struggle, the years of dreaming, the scene study classes, the movement classes, the voice and speech work, my efforts were about to pay off. I had landed my first real acting job.”
Fischer’s first real acting job was in a sex-ed video for mental health patients and she even recalled much of the dialogue.
“The scene was shot in an apartment bathroom. I wore my own clothes and did my own makeup. I played a girl preparing to go on a date. While getting ready, my older sister entered the bathroom, and we exchanged the following riveting dialogue:
This promotional photo, released in 2006 by NBC Universal, shows actors John Krasinski as Jim, and Jenna Fischer as Pam in the NBC comedy series “The Office.”
SISTER Wow, you’re spending a lot of time getting ready. You must really like this guy. Are you bringing protection?
ME Protection? Protection from what?
SISTER If you plan to become sexually active, you’ll need protection from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases,” she remembered.
“Apparently my character had never spent much time in this bathroom, because at this point, the sister opened a drawer and revealed every type of contraceptive device ever invented…” she said.
“Then, at the end, I got to say, ‘Thanks, Sis! I’m glad I know how to protect myself.’”
The Emmy-nominated actress was paid a whopping $100 for the two-hour shoot.
While she may never forget her “Thanks, sis!” line — the line that truly changed her life, she said, was this one: “Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam.”