As an ensemble, a lot of people in this group struggled for a long time as non-working actorsFey, Baldwin, 'Office' win SAG awards Jan 27, 2008
But they already had Kristen Wiig, so when I went in to the audition, they asked me to read for Darlene and, I don't know, I just didn't see myself that way. I had to get over a lot of my own personal shyness in order to do that, but it was good'Office' actress stars in 'Walk Hard' Dec 21, 2007
When they sent me the script, I assumed that they wanted me to read for Edith. ... She's sort of the put-upon, wallflower first wife'Office' actress stars in 'Walk Hard' Dec 21, 2007
Regina Marie "Jenna" Fischer (born March 7, 1974) is an American television and film actress. She is most widely known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Pam Halpert (née Beesly) on the NBC situation comedy and mockumentary The Office, and has also appeared in several films, including Blades of Glory, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The Promotion.
Fischer was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but raised in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Manchester, the daughter of Jim, a plastics engineer, and Anne, a history teacher. Fischer has one younger sister, Emily, a third grade teacher. She experienced her first taste of performing at age six, when she participated in an acting workshop taught by her mother at Henry School in St. Louis, a workshop also attended by actor Sean Gunn, with whom she grew up.
Fischer attended Pierremont Elementary School in Manchester, Missouri and Nerinx Hall High School, a private all-girls Catholic school, in Webster Groves, Missouri. She received a bachelor of arts in theatre, as well as a minor in journalism, from Truman State University, where she worked on the school's student-produced newspaper and originally enrolled as a pre-law history major.