Fan Q&A With Jenna Fischer

posted on Mar 22 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Q&A, Site News

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Do you have anything you’ve been dying to ask Jenna Fischer?

Well… Now is your chance!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be doing a Fan Q&A with her!

How does it work?

1. CLICK HERE to go our simple submission form.

2. Give your name, a valid email address, and your question for Jenna.

3. We’ll select questions (to eliminate duplicates, etc) and forward them to Jenna and her team.

4. Jenna will answer*.

Question submission will close at 8pm EST on March 31st, and selected questions will be forwarded to Jenna and her team.

Happy Asking!

If you have any questions, please email spencer@simplyjennafischer.com.

*With Jenna’s busy schedule we can’t say for sure when she’ll be able to answer all of your questions, but we will be sure to post as soon as we start receiving them.

{Article} Q&A with Jenna Fischer by Glamour

posted on Sep 4 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Article, Interview, Q&A

Jenna Fischer’s Gooey Brownie Sunday Recipe (It’s Less Than 150 Calories!)
By Lexi Petronis, Glamour.com

Doesn’t Jenna Fischer–”The Office” star and new(ish) mom to son, Weston (he’s one!)–seem like she would be fun to hang out with? Smart, clever, funny… fun? Turns out she’s all of those things in real life. Oh, and there’s at least one more thing to add to the list: she’s also an excellent healthy snack creator.

I got to chat with Jenna about all things health-related (she’s got a new, cool partnership with Fiber One–more on that in a sec!) and, after about three seconds, completely forgot that she’s an incredibly successful actress who has smooched John Krasinski multiple times (for work, but still!). It was like hanging out with a fellow working mom who’s also just trying to figure out the secrets to keeping her family and herself happy and healthy. (Yeah, she’s awesome.) Take a look!

On trying to eat well when you’re also trying to make sure your baby eats well:
“Weston is self-feeding, but I’m still in that place where I’m helping him out a lot with a spoon, so I’m juggling eating for myself while feeding him. Really, my eating is caring for his eating. So I do my best to plan ahead. I bought a big, healthy bag of oatmeal that has no salt and no sugar, and I mix it with some fruit every morning. It’s fast and reliable. I get my variety from dinners. Sometimes I’ll even plan dinner expressly so that I can have leftovers for lunch: I’ll make four turkey burgers so I can save one for lunch the next day.”

On food indulgences:
“I have a vanilla latte every day. I always find a way so that I can have that one thing–sometimes my husband and I go for a walk and we stop for one. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to it. I might have to make sacrifices in other places to balance it out, but I’ll never give it up. My big Achilles heel is sweets. I love dessert. I love real dessert like cake and doughnuts and cookies. I like sweet things. I have to have a sweet every day or else I get pretty cranky.”

On Fiber One Brownies (and her yummy sundae recipe!):
“I discovered Fiber One Brownies on my own and I paired up with them. See, I used to make 90-calorie brownies. They were my thing! I’d take them to my girlfriend’s house, I’d take them to the set of ‘The Office.’ But after having my son, I have no time to make 90-calorie brownies. So when I first saw Fiber One’s brownies at the grocery store, imagine my surprise: I can have them back in my life! So I bought all three flavors, and I like them by themselves–but I love turning them into other desserts. I always try to keep desserts at 150 calories or less–you get a nice, substantial dessert that way. I put a chocolate brownie into the microwave for about seven seconds, then spoon some vanilla frozen yogurt and top with blueberries. It’s just so good.”

On keeping up with exercise as a working mom:
“I can’t exercise every day. When I’m on hiatus from work, I find ways to be active every day. But I don’t beat myself up when I can’t do it every day while I’m filming, because there’s no way. Still, my priority when I’m not working is to be with Weston, so I look for opportunities to be active with him–swimming, for example, where we can do it together. Or maybe I’ll pop in a video when he’s napping. But exercise… it’s harder than the food to fit into a working mom lifestyle. And don’t you want to strangle the person who says anyone can find 30 consecutive minutes to work out? This time of life is so special, so precious–and a big part of this time is that I can’t have everything exactly perfect. My body isn’t as toned, my house isn’t as clean. But I’m OK with that.”

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{Article} Q&A with Actress Jenna Fischer from Parenting.com

posted on Sep 1 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Article, Interview, Q&A

Q&A with Actress Jenna Fischer
by Sasha At Parenting.com

The star of The Office, Fiber One spokesperson, and mom to son Weston, almost one, gets real about breastfeeding, working motherhood, and how long it really takes to lose the baby weight.

You’ve been refreshingly candid about not dropping the baby weight immediately. How did it happen for you?
It happened the way it happens for most women. I just waited to start exercising and making any real changes to my diet until I was getting good rest and was healed from child birth, which wasn’t until my son was about 6 months old. By then he was napping and sleeping about 6 or 7 hours a night. I personally wasn’t interested in doing much between focusing on him.

I’m not a person who goes to extremes. I believe in moderation. I don’t go on cleanses, And I believe in having real dessert! Before I had Weston I used to make homemade diet desserts. Obviously now I don’t have time to make homemade anything any more. But then I saw the 90-calorie Fiber One brownies in the grocery store, and they were amazing! If I know at the end of the day, I’m going to get dessert, it helps me eat healthy the rest of the day.

Did you feel pressure to drop pounds immediately?
I think I had this unrealistic expectation that it would be faster or easier. That that’s because that message is out there that you can lose weight so quickly after having a baby. But after investigating I found on average it takes about a year. I don’t want to send the message that’s it’s not important to lose the weight. Before I got pregnant, I was a fit person, and I had dreams when I was nine months pregnant about being able to be active and move my body again. But I had to be patient about the process and not rush it.

Did breastfeeding help?
There’s this message out there that you can breastfeed yourself skinny. For half of us, it’s true, but for about half of us breastfeeding makes us hold on to a weight. Every time Weston dropped a feeding, I dropped a pound. My body wanted to hold on to the weight to feed him.

What’s Weston up to these days?
He’s close to walking and knows lots of words. He’s such a sweet little boy–it’s every cliché that everyone says!

What do you love about having a boy?
Little boys love their mommies. I secretly wanted a boy, but you’re not supposed to say that. Then he was! I just love my little guy.

How do you make being a working mom work?
Well, I have really great support so I am very lucky, My husband and I have coordinated our schedules so that one of us is there when he gets up. We’re able to eat together as a family every night too, which is something I did as a kid. I also have an amazing nanny who brings Weston to see me at work. We really work hard to make family our priority. If we’re not working, we send the nanny home to give Weston the most normal life we can.

What’s the biggest surprise about being a mom?
How much I love every single part of it, and how I have an endless supply of patience and energy I didn’t know I had in me. Even the grunt work…I enjoy it!

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Media Archive Updates – Television, Film, and Audio

posted on Jun 1 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Audio, Media Archive Update, Q&A, Videos

Click the images to watch the clips, or Pink headings to view complete libraries:

Television:

2001 – Spin City – Waitress


2001 – Undeclared – Betty/Sorority Girl


2004 – Cold Case – Dottie 1943


2005 – Six Feet Under – Sharon Kinney


Film:

Doggie Tails, Vol. 1: Lucky’s First Sleep-Over (2003) – Kelsey


Audio:

April 23rd, 2012
Q&A – The cast of The Giant Mechanical Man discuss the film at the world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, SVA Theatre, NYC.



April 24th, 2012
Q&A – Jenna Fischer and Lee Kirk discuss The Giant Mechanical Man at the 14th St. Apple Store in NYC. The Q&A was part of the Tribeca Talks series, a collaboration between the Tribeca Film Fest and Apple.



April 27th, 2012
Q&A – Jenna Fischer and Lee Kirk discuss The Giant Mechanical Man at the films commercial opening at the Village East Theatre in NYC.



April 29th, 2012
Q&A – Jenna Fischer and Lee Kirk discuss The Giant Mechanical Man at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX.



Interview Video: Cinema Blend chats with Jenna Fischer at Tribeca Film Fest

posted on May 8 · by Spencer · 1 Comment » · Interview Videos, Q&A, The Giant Mechanical Man, Videos

Jenna Fischer On The Offscreen Romance That Changed Her Life In The Giant Mechanical Man



Jenna Fischer’s TV counterpart Pam Halpert may have come into her own over the seven seasons of The Office, but she’s still not a whole lot like the bubbly, energetic actress Fischer is in real life. At the same time, remember the episode when Pam talked her way into becoming Dunder-Mifflin’s office manager, taking over all the tiny details of the office that no one else remembered to handle? Turns out that’s exactly something FIscher would do– and what she did when she signed on as the producer of her husband Lee Kirk’s film The Giant Mechanical Man.

Sometimes when actors sign on as producers, it’s a glorified title that basically means they helped get the money to make it. But Fischer, who also stars in the film as a shy woman who falls for a street performer (Chris Messina), was doing plenty of the grunt work– filling out paperwork, setting up locations, making sure the bathrooms were clean, and much, much more. She was doing all that on top of tackling a really meaty role, playing her character Janice as a woman whose frustrations and disappointment come across not in big dramatic scenes, but in terrible, deflated silences. The romance she starts with Chris Messina’s Tim is a potential way out– but these are two broken people who have to get out of their won way first.

I talked to Fischer a few weeks ago at the Tribeca Film Festival about her double duty as producer and star of Giant Mechanical Man, how all that work also led to her romance and eventual marriage to director Lee Kirk, and a little about the uncertain fate of The Office, which she says feels a lot less uncertain on her end. The Giant Mechanical Man is currently available on VOD platforms like iTunes and Amazon.



Uinterview chats with Jenna Fischer & Chris Messina

posted on May 8 · by Sally · Comments Off · Interview, Projects, Q&A, The Giant Mechanical Man

Jenna Fischer & Chris Messina
From Uinterview U Q&A


You know her as the beloved Pam on NBC’s The Office, but now Jenna Fischer is starring opposite Chris Messina in The Giant Mechanical Man, an imaginative romantic comedy playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. The two costars answer your questions here.

Q: What do you think the overall message of this film is? – Uinterview User

CHRIS: I think it’s about being seen and someone seeing you and accepting you for who you are. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do the movie. That theme is super important to me and it rang really true in the script.


JENNA: And I think the simplicity of that and yet the profound effect it has on your life if you have someone who really sees you and just, in life we’re always pursuing, we have all these ambitions in life and life is hard and things can be difficult, but if you just have one person, it’s not that all your problems go away but it makes it easier to endure them.



Q: Did you model your characters after yourself or other people you know? – Uinterview User

JENNA: My character’s kind of based on me. I spent a lot of years struggling with figuring out who I was in the world and I had a lot of dreams but I was very shy and very unsure. So Janice is very much me during those struggling years. So I kind of based her on myself.

CHRIS: Same with me. A lot of the stuff with Tim was based on my acting career and just acting in general. Trying to be a part of something that often felt like it didn’t want me to be a part of, that kind of struggle of any young artist.

Q: Jenna, what was it like to work with your husband, the director of this film? – Uinterview User

JENNA: It definitely changed my performance. It was very exciting to work with my husband. This film is how we met and fell in love. He wrote the movie for me and in the writing process we ended up falling in love and got married. So six months after we got married we were shooting the film finally and it was amazing because, knowing me so intimately, he could come up and whisper something in my ear, some note or some direction that I could respond to in a way that it would be very difficult for another director to get that same performance because they don’t know me as well. So that was exciting to have. It was so neat to have a director who could just know exactly how to affect you emotionally on any level.

CHRIS: He could diffuse your anxieties and he could use your anxieties, and all the stuff going on inside you it was really cool.

Q: Was there a moment on set that sums up the experience of working on this film? – Uinterview User

JENNA: I love the diner scene. I absolutely love that scene.

CHRIS: That’s my favorite scene that I got to do.

JENNA: It was just two people talking to each other.

CHRIS: It was quiet.

JENNA: And connecting. It feels the most real, most honest work that I think I’ve ever done.

CHRIS: You’re great in that scene. You’re amazing in that scene. It’s hard acting with her because she makes everybody look like they’re acting around her because she’s so real and so I often would be looking at her thinking, ‘What am I doing? Because I’m overdoing it.’ She’s so honest. Jenna doesn’t push as an actress at all, she’s just as she is now – she’s just very simple and honest. But that scene in particular was really fun because there’s silences – I love the writing in that scene.


JENNA: I do, too.

Thanks to Kimberly from Uinterview.com for sharing this with us.

Radio Interview – Jenna Fischer on The Morning Mash Up

posted on May 4 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Audio, Q&A, The Giant Mechanical Man

Fantastic radio interview with Jenna Fischer on The Morning Mash Up:

AUDIO: Jenna Fischer On The Morning Mash Up! Hear Her Talk About The Giant Mechanical Man, Behind The Scenes Of The Office & How Her Sick Cat Played A Vital Role In Her Real Life Love Story!

Click to listen at source!

The interview is in numerous parts on the website, so you’ll need to go through an listen piece of piece. It’s worth it though! If you’re short on time, however, go straight to part three (“Real Life Love Story”) to hear about how Andy the Cat brought Jenna and Lee together! *Insert Awwww here.*

Thanks to more_awake for the link!

TODAY! Lee Kirk will screen The Giant Mechanical Man in Birmingham, MI

posted on May 4 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Q&A, The Giant Mechanical Man

According to the Associated Press, Lee Kirk, writer/director of “The Giant Mechanical Man”, is scheduled to hold a question-and-answer session with attendees following the 7:30 screening at the Birmingham Uptown 8 theatre. He will also be doing an introduction to the 10:00 show.

Click Here to buy your tickets!

Thank you to Matt from Tribeca Films for confirming the times!

{Associated Press} Jenna Fischer plays a down-on-her-luck single woman who can’t seem to get her life together in her latest film, “The Giant Mechanical Man.”

posted on May 4 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Article, Q&A, The Giant Mechanical Man

TELEVISION Q&A: Fischer blends family, business
- Alicia Rancilio Associated Press -

NEW YORK — Jenna Fischer’s girl-next-door accessibility has charmed viewers of “The Office” for eight seasons. And she takes that approachability into real life, posting honest descriptions on social media of what it’s like to do a photo shoot or break into acting.

Perhaps that’s why in her latest project, a romantic comedy called “The Giant Mechanical Man,” you want to see her win. Fischer’s character Janice is a down-on-her-luck single woman who can’t seem to get her life together and falls for a street performer played by Chris Messina.

The film premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It also stars Topher Grace and Malin Akerman and is written and directed by Fischer’s real-life husband, Lee Kirk.

“In the time it took for him to write the script, develop the movie and get financing we did end up falling in love and getting married and we just had a baby,” she says. “So, I guess the on-screen love story was paralleled by our real-life love story.”


AP: What was it like being directed by your husband?


Fischer: It was a little unusual for the love scenes, for example. Chris (Messina) 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 most awkward thing was to go to my husband the director and say, “I think you need to tell this man to kiss me more because he’s holding back. You need to go give him permission.” The kissing scene was the one scene we ended up reshooting. Then Chris really did kiss me and I said, “I knew it!” because you could tell.

AP: You were a producer on the film, too. What was that like?

Fischer: I love producing because I love making Excel spreadsheets and schedules and proofreading. I’ve always said if I wasn’t an actor I would aspire to be the executive secretary of the president of the United States. I love anticipating people’s needs and filling them. I absolutely loved it.

AP: Would you ever direct?

Fischer: I will never do it. And I don’t write. They’re too hard. I can’t do it. My brain doesn’t see things that way. I can’t visualize how a scene is supposed to look but I can feel it emotionally from the inside.

AP: You have a real dialogue going with your fans on MySpace and on Twitter. Why?

Fischer: 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 I’m tweeting or writing blogs I’m hoping that I can give a glimpse of what it’s like to some other girl or boy who wants to be an actor. I imagine how excited my 14-year-old self would be if I could get advice about that world from someone.


Interview: Jenna Fischer on The Giant Mechanical Man, Falling in Love on Set, and How Much She’s Like Pam Beesly

posted on May 1 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Q&A, The Giant Mechanical Man, The Office

Jenna Fischer on The Giant Mechanical Man, Falling in Love on Set, and How Much She’s Like Pam Beesly
- From Vulture.com

Jenna Fischer had a son last September, but you could argue that her new film, The Giant Mechanical Man, is another child in itself. That’s because The Office star fell in love with her husband, Lee Kirk, the film’s writer and director, on set. The movie, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and opens in theaters this weekend (it’s also available On Demand), tells the understated and quirky story of street performer Tim Tucker (Chris Messina), who dresses up in silver paint and pretends to be — you guessed it — a giant mechanical man, and the reserved, lovesick woman (Fischer, of course) with whom he begins to develop a friendship and eventually falls in love. Needless to say, the real-life resonances are bewildering, and Fischer graciously spoke about her true love story when she sat down with us recently.

So, this story about how you and Lee fell in love is very adorable.

It is very adorable. And it all really started when I decided I really wanted to produce a film. I was interested in the idea of being with a movie from its inception and seeing the whole movie-making process from the very beginning …

But hadn’t you directed your own feature film before, with Lollilove, which starred you and Judy Greer and Jason Segel, among others?

Well, kind of. I wrote and directed that movie years ago, and I basically made it in my own house with my friends, and it was mostly improvised. It didn’t really feel like a movie, though. No, I wanted to have to do things like negotiate with teamsters and procure financing and help develop a script. So I took a bunch of meetings with writers I had met along the way. I’d met Lee before: I had been paired up with him at a short film festival where they picked names out of a hat, and I was picked to do his movie. I was also in a music video that he wrote. But we didn’t know each other that well. So I met with him, and he pitched me the idea of a silver-painted street performer and the idea of exploring what compels this character to do that. And I said, “Well, I’d love to know what kind of a woman falls in love with someone like that.” I liked that idea. Like, how do you explain to your parents what your boyfriend does for a living?

So, at what point did you guys actually fall in love?

Well, I attached myself as producer and actor to the movie. Then, for the next six or eight months or so, Lee was writing the movie, and he would turn in different drafts, and I would give him my thoughts. Very slowly, over those months, our meetings started turning into dates. I was hesitant to tell him that I was developing feelings for him because this is my first producing job. I wanted to be professional! And here I am, falling in love with the writer.

It kind of sounds like a movie.

It is a romantic comedy in itself. And what if we dated for three months and then it fell apart? I loved the movie so much that I didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize it. But after eight months of doing this, we finally confessed that we had feelings for each other. It was so great, because we had fallen in love. And that sort of thing is usually not in your dating life. You don’t get to spend that much time with someone before becoming romantic with them. It was very romantic and sweet. It was a lot of dinners with wine and going to see movies, while pretending like we were developing a movie when in fact we were essentially developing a relationship.

And you have a child now …

And we have a child now! We started this process about four years ago, and we like to say that only in Hollywood is it easier to fall in love, get married, and have a child before you can get your independent movie made. And believe me, there were a lot of times when it felt like the movie wasn’t going to happen. We actually had to pay for the first two weeks of preproduction with our own credit cards.

I’m curious. Once you were actually going out, did the nature of your feedback change on the script? Was it harder to collaborate then?

Actually, I think it made the movie richer. Over these dinners, I told him so much about my life, and so much of my life wound up in this movie. He could ask me questions about my life that, in another situation, might be awkward to share so much. And we’d talk about things like: What is love? What is a relationship? What does it mean to fall in love? What does a man want out of a relationship, what does a woman want? There are a lot of things in the movie that come from real life: The recurring dreams my character has about her teeth falling out — I totally have those dreams. Or those temp jobs that she has — I had those temp jobs. In a way, I think the movie helped us fall in love, and our falling in love helped the movie.

You’ve gotten kind of a reputation for playing these very reserved, shy characters. And yet your biography suggests that you’re a very driven, determined person. You went to L.A. to become an actor, and you did. You decided you were going to produce a movie, and you did.

I think that the root of me as a person is still this type of woman. Early Pam Beesley, or Janice in this movie. In my own life, I have to work against these impulses. But I am very driven and ambitious, and I accomplish a lot of things if I set my mind to it. I spent my formative years as kind of a wallflower, very invisible, very shy, wondering how am I ever going to make my dreams come true. I just feel that, in your life, whatever your story ends up being, the person you carry around inside you is whoever you were in middle school. At least, for me, that’s true. I’m always fighting against that voice in my head that tells me I can’t make it. It’s very easy for me to access that person, and I’m good at bringing that person to life. I love that girl. And I want to help her achieve whatever her dream is, whether it’s to marry Jim Halpert or fall in love with a guy like Tim Tucker.

You mentioned that Lollilove, the film you directed, was largely improvised. Did doing that help you with your part on The Office?

It did. I had actually seen the British version of The Office, and I was so taken with that mock-documentary style — not mockumentary, but sort of as if it’s a real documentary — and I wanted to try that. And as I was making that film, I got the call to audition for the American version of The Office. I think that, 100 percent, the fact that I had been trying this at home, improvising for this other film, really helped give me an edge during that audition.

So, how much do you guys improvise on The Office?

Not as much as you’d think. We do improvise a bit, but for the most part all those pauses and looks to camera are scripted. It’s actually very elaborate. It’s funny — it looks like the camera is swinging to catch something that it doesn’t know is coming, and it totally knows it’s coming. Sometimes the cameraman waits a beat before swinging, or they’ll say, “Before you say your line, can you just say, ‘Um,’ or something, so there’s a reason for me to swing the camera?” Because they don’t want it to seem like they’re anticipating the line. So it’s all very choreographed, actually. It kind of has to be.