Jenna Fischer

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Jenna Fischer

Born

3/7/1974, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, USA

Birth Name

Regina Marie Fischer

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Jenna Fisher
  • Jenna Fischer stars in The Office as Pam...
  • Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly on The Office.
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Jenna Fischer, who currently stars in The Office as Pam Beesley Halpert, was born as Regina Marie Fischer in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 7, 1974. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. There, she attended Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves and she also received a…more

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  • Trivia

    • Jenna married Lee Kirk on July 3, 2010 at a private ceremony in Malibu, California.

    • Since 2008, Jenna has been dating actor/writer Lee Kirk. They worked together in the film The Specials (2000), which was written by her ex-husband James Gunn. In 2009, Jenna and Kirk announced their engagement.

    • Jenna is a huge fan of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

    • Jenna loves Cox sausage for breakfast.

    • Jenna accompanied her good friend and The Office costar Angela Kinsey to the hospital when she gave birth to a baby girl named Isabel Ruby Lieberstein on May 3, 2008.

    • List Rankings & Appearances:
      2006 - No.37, People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People
      2006 - listed, Us Magazine's Hot Hollywood
      2007 - listed, People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People
      2008 - No.98, AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women
      2008 - No.83, FHM Online's 100 Sexiest Women in the World
      2009 - No.50, AIM's 50 Hottest Redheads

    • Awards & Nominations:
      2009 (N) - SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office, shared with castmates
      2008 (W) - SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office, shared with castmates
      2007 (W) - SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office, shared with castmates
      2007 (N) - SAG Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for The Office
      2007 (N) - Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Office
      2006 (W) - Women in Film's WIN Award for Best Comedy Series for The Office, shared with female castmates
      2006 (N) - Women in Film's WIN Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for The Office
      2004 (W) - Tromadance Independent Soul Award at the American Film Market, for Lollilove.

    • Jenna got a chance to participate in New York Fashion Week, when she walked the catwalk in the Heart Dress show for the Heart Truth. She was joined by Heidi Klum and other celebrities. Her good friend and The Office co-star Angela Kinsey joined her there.

    • Jenna threw a baby shower in spring 2008, for her very close friend, Angela Kinsey, who is her co-star on The Office.

    • Jenna, together with her The Office co-stars John, Rainn, and B.J., appeared in Puma print ads in the April 2006 issue of Details magazine.

    • Jenna's debut as a professional actress was in the 1998 movie Born Champion in which she was credited as Jenna Fisher.

    • Jenna got married to screenwriter James Gunn, brother of actor Sean Gunn (of Gilmore Girls) on October 7, 2000. Jenna and James got divorced in 2008

    • When Jenna broke four bones in her back, her The Office co-star Angela Kinsey was with her while she recovered. While recovering, her fellow NBC Star, Zach Braff from Scrubs also sent her a huge platter of cupcakes.

    • Jenna broke four bones in her back while appearing at an NBC event on May 14, 2007. She tripped while trying to climb stairs in high heels.

    • One of Jenna's favorite souvenirs from The Office is the Dundie which she got to keep from "The Dundies" episode.

    • Jenna and her Office castmates like to get together on Thursday nights and watch the show as a group.

    • Some of Jenna's co-stars on The Office came out to support her for the premiere of her movie Blades of Glory.

    • In People Magazine's "100 Most Beautiful" Jenna Fischer's cat, Andy, was featured with her.

    • Jenna Fischer auditioned for the role of Sydney Bristow on Alias, but she was never called back.

    • When Jenna Fischer entered at Truman State University, she originally enrolled as a Pre-Law student, but later she changed to Theatre.

    • Jenna Fischer and co-star Angela Kinsey came up with the main idea for the Women in The Workplace seminar in the "Boys and Girls" episode of The Office. The two were recalling the seminars they attended at previous jobs.

    • Jenna wrote an article featured in Esquire Magazine called "10 Things You Don't Know About Women."

    • Jenna appeared on the cover of the December 2006 issue of Alive Magazine, the magazine of her hometown of St. Louis. She also appeared on the following magazine covers: April 2007 of Wired, 21 April 2008 of TV Guide, and February 2009 of Self. She posed nude for Jane Magazine and Wired Magazine.

    • Jenna took her first acting class in St. Louis at the age of six. The class was taught by her mother, and included Sean Gunn, her future brother in law.

    • Jenna used to work as a receptionist and can type 85 words per minute with 90% accuracy.

    • Jenna claims that her first celebrity crush was Ricky Schroder.

    • In June 2006, Jenna Fischer appeared in Celebrity Poker Showdown, playing to win for Catholic Charities. She came in 2nd after Keegan-Michael Key and won $5,000 for her charity.

    • Jenna's mother, Anne Fischer, and her younger sister, Emily, are both elementary school teachers.

    • Jenna is 5' 5½" (1.66 m) tall. She is left-handed.

    • Due to her love for animals, Jenna Fischer considered becoming a vegetarian, ultimately she volunteered with the animal rescue organization, Kitten Rescue, and is the proud owner of a cat.

    • Before making it big in The Office, Jenna Fischer balanced several jobs as a receptionist and administrative assistant, just like her character on the show.

    • In 2006, Jenna Fischer starred in the horror thriller Slither under the direction of her ex-husband, James Gunn.

    • Jenna Fischer worked with Steve Carell, co-star of The Office, in the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin in an uncredited role.

    • The biggest film that Jenna Fischer has been a part of is 2004's LolliLove, a mockumentary that featured her as half of a husband-wife team that set out on the streets, giving the poor lollipops with an inspiring message on each wrapper. Fischer directed, co-wrote, and illustrated parts of the film, and starred in it opposite her ex-husband, James Gunn.

    • Jenna's mother is Anne Fischer. When Jenna was a child, Anne served as her acting coach, giving her acting lessons.

    • As a child, Jenna Fischer was an avid dancer, even claiming in Inside TV magazine that she wanted to be a part of the next season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

  • Quotes

    • Jenna: The fun is getting to wear multiple disguises and getting to explore multiple personalities and bring them to life. So a movie career definitely affords me that.

    • Jenna: Sometimes acting is really cool because it forces you to exercise certain muscles in your personality that you wouldn't normally be called upon in life.

    • Jenna: I've had Susan Sarandon play my mom, and now Lesley Ann Warren has played my mom, so if I could have Debra Winger play my mom, then I would have the trifecta of my favorite actresses playing my mother.

    • Jenna: I'm a very thoughtful, forward-thinking, planner kind of person. I love Excel spreadsheets and five-year-plans, and I love to review every year how my New Year's resolutions went.

    • Jenna: I studied theater in college, and I really wanted to be an actress and play a lot of different roles. Then I made landing on a television comedy my main focus.

    • Jenna: I studied theater in college, and I really wanted to be an actress and play a lot of different roles. Then I made landing on a television comedy my main focus.

    • Jenna: I loved the domesticity of my life as a struggling actor. When I wasn't going to auditions, I could do things like cook dishes from scratch and take them to parties or be really thoughtful about birthdays and anniversaries.

    • Jenna: I know so many amazing actors who don't get work... and then there are a bunch of real duds that work all the time. The industry is just not fair in that way.

    • Jenna: I had this crazy job, though, when I first got to Los Angeles... I answered this ad in the back of the newspaper to be a telephone psychic, and I did that for two days.

    • Jenna: Yeah, you know I don't ever see myself doing a super-gritty, hard-core drama.

    • Jenna: Well, I knew I wanted to be an actor, and I didn't necessarily need or want to be famous or a celebrity actor.

    • Jenna: Tilda Swinton is a great example of a person who completely disappears into a role.

    • Jenna: The Farrelly brothers make movies the way you imagine a movie set would be when you're a kid - fun all the time.

    • Jenna: Sometimes doing a movie for a short period of time is better than committing eight months to a television show.

    • Jenna: I'm not one to air my dirty laundry for the whole world.

    • Jenna: I'm a believer in the parent first, friend second philosophy, and trying to find that balance.

    • Jenna: I went to a little liberal-arts college in Missouri called Truman State University.

    • Jenna: I still get nervous when I have a lot of makeup on, a big hairdo, and a dress.

    • Jenna: I spent my whole adolescence, when you just want to be accepted, looking much younger than everyone else.

    • Jenna: I get really excited about jewelry.

    • Jenna: I don't have real big aspirations to be a movie star. I would love to be on a long-running hit TV show. You end up playing a defining role.

    • Jenna: I don't have any type of sketch-comedy or stand-up background.

    • Jenna: I didn't want to go to college. I wanted to move to Los Angeles right out of high school.

    • Jenna: I also love horror movies; I like me a big Peter Berg action movie. I'm a movie lover in general.

    • Jenna: Even in college I tended to get cast in the comedies more. It was what I liked doing.

    • Jenna: 'Cause it's really hard, it's hard to be an actor.

    • Jenna: As the lead of a movie, you really set the tone off-camera as well, and that's a really big responsibility.

    • Jenna: You never go into a marriage expecting to get divorced. You go into a marriage expecting it's going to last forever, and you have a lot of ways you dream about the future. You have all these expectations, and then you have to adjust those expectations, and it can be a very unnerving, confusing time.

    • Jenna: Well, now that I have a baby, I'm that person who's looking for all the parks. I'm also the person who lost their coat because I was juggling so many items. So I'm that person: I lost my coat, I lost my scarf, and it's cold now.

    • Jenna: Well, I don't know if this is true of everyone, but I have this relationship with my parents where, despite however mature or articulate or grown-up I think I've become, as soon as I go home, I turn into this petulant 13-year-old, especially with the tone of my voice.

    • Jenna: When I'm writing my blog, I think of myself at 13 years old, back in St. Louis, daydreaming about Hollywood.

    • Jenna: I think I'm a polite person and I have those kind of midwestern values. I send out elaborate Christmas cards, and in that way I imagine I'm a little like Pam (her character in The Office).

    • Jenna Fischer: I would go gay for [actress] Kate Winslet. I saw her across the room at a party once. She is the sexiest woman on the planet!

    • Jenna Fischer: (on her split with husband James Gunn) My husband got the dog, and I got the cat. But the dog and cat miss each other, so we must have a sleepover one of these days.

    • Jenna: I love improvisation because I like to be able to contribute creatively a little bit more than just memorizing my lines. But I actually like absorbing improv from other actors more than I like trying to come up with the clever thing myself.

    • Jenna: Television and movies are so different. TV has a real routine to it and movies are sort of like short-lived projects where it's sort of like a blitz.

    • Jenna Fischer: My favorite on-screen moment has to be when John and I filmed our dinner scene on the roof during "The Client". There was a very small crew up on the roof and they had the cameras really far away. There was a warm breeze and Rainn and Brian were off in the distance setting off really lame fireworks. The whole thing just felt magical. I also love anytime I get to do a party planning scene. Angela, Phyllis and Kate are all so funny. We laugh a lot during those scenes. They are so subtle and passive/aggressive. I love it! My favorite off-screen moment is probably our weekly viewing parties. We have such a great time watching the show together. We cheer for the writer and congratulate cast members for particularly funny bits in the show. Oh, runner-up for best off-screen moment would be how much John made us all laugh when we were filming "The Fire". We had to stand outside in the heat for hours but he made us laugh by doing imitations of Angela getting carried away by a giant bug. It was pretty great.

    • Jenna Fischer: (about how her relationship with her husband is similar to that of Pam and Jim in The Office) My husband is kind of my real-life Jim. He's a writer-director, and I met him because I went to audition for one of his projects... but we both were in relationships, and so we had a very strong chemistry and attraction that we couldn't really act on, very similar to Jim and Pam. And slowly, he broke up with his girlfriend, and eventually I broke up with my boyfriend, and once we started dating, we only dated four months and then we got engaged. But I think the whole time I was waiting, I knew he was the one, and so I can really draw on that experience in the show.

    • Jenna Fischer: (about her career aspirations) Honestly it would be great to get to play Pam for a long, long time. I don't have real big aspirations to be a movie star. I would love to be on a long-running hit TV show. You end up playing a defining role.

    • Jenna Fischer: (in being the sixth member of the International Spice Girls, which turned out to be a front for a call-girl service) All the rehearsals were in this guy's penthouse. And I swear I kept going to rehearsal. And I learned my song, and it was about a truck stop... and I noticed that none of the other girls were singing with me, but they did walk by in lingerie... and I'm like, "Huh, weird!"

    • Jenna Fischer: I wouldn't be where I am today if not for my husband James Gunn. He is the one who convinced me to quit my job as a secretary (ironically) and focus full-time on acting. I didn't totally believe I could make it, but he did. He supported us financially and supported me emotionally. He ran lines with me and coached me before countless auditions. He put up with my highs and lows. He was, and still is, my biggest cheerleader. And you need that out here.

    • Jenna Fischer: (about how she failed to get the role of Sydney Bristow on Alias) They said they liked my acting but I wasn't hot enough.

    • Jenna Fischer: I had real potential. But my goal was to be... adequate. I didn't want to be an extraordinary receptionist, because I didn't ever want to be promoted, or be given more work. My time was really valuable to me. For example, I could type 80 words per minute, but I wouldn't tell people that, so when my boss would give me work, he would think it'd take two hours, but it would really only take about thirty minutes. So I'd have, like, ninety minutes of fun time. I got it all done, I just did it... real slow.

    • Jenna Fischer: You know, I tried to get on Dancing with the Stars, and they wouldn't take me. True story! I shot the first season of The Office, and I thought, "The show's going to get cancelled, and I have to milk every opportunity I can." My manager called, my agent called, but they didn't bite.

    • Jenna Fischer: I had this crazy job, though, when I first got to Los Angeles... I answered this ad in the back of the newspaper to be a telephone psychic, and I did that for two days. I called up this guy, and... this is how hard it was to get this job: He said, 'So, uh, do you feel intuitive from time to time?' And I was like, 'Yea, sure, I feel intuitive.' He said, 'Do you read Tarot cards?' And I said, 'I DO!' and I didn't.

    • Jenna Fischer: I have a BlackBerry. People always see me typing with my thumbs. Definitely an addict of the BlackBerry. You can't always take a phone call when you're on the set, but you can look down and read a little message. [But] you can't write anything too intimate when you have to type with your thumbs, I find.

    • Jenna Fischer: (on her favorite things to do) I just LOVE to watch TV. I wish I could say something really impressive like I love to read or hike but the truth is that most of the time I'm just sacked out on the couch watching shows or DVDs.

    • Jenna Fischer: (regarding her secretary days before becoming an actress)) There's a small part of me that loves filing, organizing and spreadsheets.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Hilarious and presentable

    9.0
    Her witty off the wall remarks are phenomenal on the show. They picked the perfect person... she's smart, serious, shy, school-oriented, work oriented, not so work oriented, a little weird.... a perfect combination for a great actress!
  • Jenna is AMAZING!

    10
    Jenna, I hope you read this, and if so, I, along with all of your other fans really admire and appreciate your talent. I LOOOOVE your work on the office (HILARIOUS show) and was really glad to see you and enjoyed you on the Factory Worker episode of Cold Case (another one of my fav's). I was watching it one night, and I was like, "Heeeey, that's PAM!" lol:) I was so sure it was you, I googled your credits just to make sure I was right! (which lead me here:). Great work Jenna, wish you much continued success and GOD's blessings.



    - Your best sista-girl fan, Nicolemoreless
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