Jenna Fischer blends family and business with new movie
NEW YORK Ė Jenna Fischerís girl-next-door accessibility has charmed viewers of ďThe OfficeĒ for eight seasons. And she takes that approachability into real life, posting honest descriptions on social media of what itís like to do a photo shoot or break into acting.
Perhaps thatís why in her latest project, a romantic comedy called ďThe Giant Mechanical Man,Ē you want to see her win. Fischerís character Janice is a down-on-her-luck single woman who canít seem to get her life together and falls for a street performer played by Chris Messina.
The film premiered at this yearís Tribeca Film Festival and is in limited release. It also stars Topher Grace and Malin Akerman and is written and directed by Fischerís real life husband, Lee Kirk.
Q What was it like being directed by your husband?
A: It was a little unusual for the love scenes, for example. Chris and my husband became such good friends in the making of the movie that I could tell Chris was very shy about kissing me so he kept holding back. The kissing scene was the one we ended up reshooting.
Q: You were a producer on the film. What was that like?
A: I love producing because I love making Excel spreadsheets and schedules and proofreading. Iíve always said if I wasnít an actor I would aspire to be the executive secretary of the president of the United States.
Q: Would you ever direct?
A: I will never do it. And I donít write. My brain doesnít see things that way. I canít visualize how a scene is supposed to look but I can feel it emotionally from the inside.
Q: You have a dialogue going with your fans on MySpace and on Twitter. Why?
A: Growing up in St. Louis (Mo.), Hollywood or New York City felt very far away. I so wished that I had some portal into that world. When Iím tweeting or writing blogs, Iím hoping that I can give a glimpse of what itís like to some other girl or boy who wants to be an actor.