Regina Marie “Jenna” Fischer (born March 7, 1974) plays Pam Halpert (née Beesly) on The Office.

Coming to The Office

Jenna Fischer was advised by casting director Allison Jones advised her not to make herself pretty for the audition, and "dare to bore me." At the audition, the producer interviewed her in character. The first question was, "Do you like working as a receptionist?" She simply said , "No."[1] Some of the other actors trying out for the part reportedly wondered if she was an actual receptionist who somehow wandered into an audition by mistake.


  • Jenna's father's name is Jim, and her brother-in-law's name is Dwight.[2]
  • Jenna Fischer is an excellent typist, and she does her own typing on the show as Pam. For example, in "Halloween", she types Jim's suggestions for Dwight's résumé.[3]
  • Jenna Fischer auditioned for the role of Sidney Bristow on "Alias". She made it through multiple rounds and the show said that she "blew them away" with her performance. However, they didn't feel that she was "hot enough" for the role.[4]


  1. Bianculli, Dave. May 10, 2013. Jenna Fischer: Keeping It Real At 'The Office'. NPR Fresh Air.
  2. Parker, Mitchell. April 10, 2017. My Houzz: Watch Jenna Fischer Renovate Her Sister’s Home.
  3. Kinsey, Angela and Jenna Fischer. Episode 11: Halloween, Office Ladies podcast, January 15, 2020.
  4. Kinsey, Angela and Jenna Fischer. Episode 43: Ben Franklin, Office Ladies podcast, September 2, 2020.
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