You know who I love? Betty White. I say that because when you go to the Jenna Fischer category, the first thing you see is a big ol’ picture of Betty, because two years ago Betty and Jenna both went to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and that was the last time we “talked” about Jenna Fischer (but also I didn’t want to be too obvious). Isn’t that tragic? To be fair to us, Jenna isn’t in the news all that often at all. The only times I see anything about her are when she gets pregnant and then when she has a baby, and sometimes there are more prevalent things to talk about, you know?
But this interview that Jenna did, this is prevalent, and pretty refreshing. But then again, that’s just Jenna!
On the importance placed on celebrity moms losing weight soon after giving birth: “I think it’s unnatural. There’s so much pressure on you as a new mom that the last thing you need to have hanging over your head is some expectation of what your body is supposed to look like. I actually think that the scrutiny of new mothers bodies has gotten out of control.
“Every new mother just gets a free pass. I’m actually angered by the ‘posing in a bikini six weeks after having my baby’ [trend] … Who cares if our boobs are hanging low and we have a little more junk in the trunk? We created a human being, everybody. Let’s celebrate!”
On real life office work: “I was a temp in real life. I’ve had a lot of office jobs. But I also quit a lot of them. If I would get an audition the first time, I would lie and say I had a dentist appointment. If I got a callback, I’d say, ‘Oh yeah, the dentist said I need I cap,’ so I’d have to go back to ‘the dentist.’”
Eventually, Jenna says she had so many fake appointments, she had to start changing her story from dentist appointments to — wait for it — trips to see the gynecologist.
“Nobody wants to ask you about gyno appointments when you say they need you to come back,” she said, laughing. “But you can only have so many bad teeth and gynecologist appointments gone wrong before they start to suspect [something]. So, at that point, I’d just have to quit or be fired.”
So it’s quite ironic, then, that the 38-year-old actress found fame playing, of all things, an office worker.
“It was if I’d been doing the most in-depth acting research of my life and I didn’t even know it,” she said, referring to her role on the Emmy-winning NBC comedy The Office.
On the new season of The Office: “We’ve kind of had to reinvent ourselves. In the greater scheme of what’s on TV. I still feel we’re one of the best things.”
See, this is why I sat through Hall Pass. I love Pam. Uh, I mean, Jenna. I love Jenna.
May 7, 2012 at 6:30 am by Emily
Betty White gets top billing, both because she is awesome and because I know she’d appreciate me putting her picture immediately under the heading “The SAG Awards.”
Betty received the lifetime achievement award at the such-n-such annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards (do you really care what number it is?) which are being held as we speak. Well, as I type.
And Betty was also the most badass bitch on the red carpet.
Diane Kruger and Helen Mirren both looked lovely and classy as well, while Jeff Bridges cleaned up nice in a sharp tuxedo. Everyone really classed it up tonight. The worst dressed person was probably Drew Barrymore, and she didn’t really look bad, just disheveled, as she is wont to do.
January 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm by Kelly
Aight, aight. So she’s not doing Sham-WOW spots or anything. Katy Perry, along with Avril Lavigne and Jenna Fischer , has signed on to endorse Proactiv Solution. You know, the acne treatment program that my high school boyfriend used to combat the backne he got from his hockey pads. Supposedly everyone uses it and loves it and wants to endorse it. Other celebrities Proactiv has been able to nab throughout the years include Jessica Simpson, Diddy, Vanessa Williams, Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore and Jennifer Love Hewitt. That’s pretty good company.
The great thing about these commercials is that they are always run back to back in long chunks on cable, so they play out like infomercials. First you see Jessica Simpson blabbing on about how her skin is like, totally clear and then Diddy comes on and he’s talking about “moisturizing his situation”. They’re kind of fun to watch, even if I’ll never use the product because I was blessed with nearly flawless skin.
January 13, 2010 at 11:58 am by Molls
His name is Lee Kirk, and he’s apparently a writer, although he doesn’t seem to have written anything much of note. He wrote the 2004 snoozer The Women — no, not the Meg Ryan one. This one starred — you guessed it! — Jenna Fischer.
“We met through mutual friends,” she says. “We’ve actually known each other for a long time. He went to college with an old friend of mine.”
Hm. I wonder if this guy had anything to do with her divorce …
September 24, 2008 at 12:06 pm by Evil Beet
I thought long and hard before writing this article, because the Film.com office is staffed almost entirely by fervent Jenna Fischer admirers, and I like my job a lot, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
And in this case, it’s calling Jenna Fischer out for looking like crap on the red carpet.
I like you, Jenna. I do. But, woman to woman, this look does not work. And you’re single now, so you have to be looking good!!!
(I know, I know. I bought my one-way ticket to feminist hell long ago. I’ve made my peace with it.)
I mean, forget about the Girl Next Door; Jenna looks like the Housewife Next Door. And not MILF-style, either. That dress was a horrible choice for her complexion — and speaking of complexion, have you ever heard of a tanning salon, Jenna? They’re open even in winter. And if you’re going to wear that awful drape of a dress, you cannot wear dark red nail polish.
And I’m trying to figure out in what decade that hair would have been appropriate, and the answer is never. The decade of never, Jenna.
Plus she looks absolutely miserable to be there.
Please don’t fire me. :)
December 13, 2007 at 1:25 am by Evil Beet
The start of this week looked like it was all good news for the women: both Heath Ledger and Shaquille O’Neal announced their upcoming divorces. I mean, I guess it’s good news for the men if you want to have sex with Michelle Williams, but, really, who wants to have sex with Michelle Williams? She looks like a 12-year-old boy these days.
But Jenna Fischer?
She looks like the 12-year-old girl next door.
And she’s getting a divorce! From her husband! Some screenwriter you’ve never heard of!!!
As Hollywood’s elite become increasingly dissatisfied with their publicists, Jenna has, like so many others before her, turned to the Publicist Formerly Known as MySpace to break this exciting news:
We (James and Jenna) need to announce that we have chosen to separate. We are sorry for any pain this causes family and friends. The enthusiasm we have expressed for each other’s lives, spirits, and careers is real â€“ we have been each other’s cheerleader and friend during the past six years and continue to be so now and in the future.
And a special note for our MySpace fans â€“ We appreciate your support over the years, and would be overjoyed to have you continue supporting us both. You might be tempted to make one of us “feel better” by putting the other one down in a post. Please don’t â€“ we still have the utmost respect for one another, and we’d have to delete you. We aren’t taking questions or doing interviews about this particular aspect of our lives. We’re also avoiding reading any press on the subject, so don’t send us any clippings or links about the split. Thank you in advance for respecting our privacy.
Okay, guys, this is your big shot. Hurry on over to Jenna’s MySpace page and post a comment reminding her of what a loser cocksucker wash-out her husband is, and, if you live in the LA area, remind her that you have a screenplay, too. It’s kind of like Entourage meets The Sopranos, right? And you totally know someone who can get it into a studio, don’t you?
Get on it, kids! This won’t last long!
Update: I feel obliged to mention that, in June, Jenna Fischer was our best guess for the married prime-time star propositioning her boyish co-star. Hmmm.