November 6, 2008 3:38 PM
From Lisa/Melanie: How did it come about that you and your character have the same name? Was that a coincidence, or was it decided deliberately after you were cast?
Oscar, Phyllis, Creed and I were new characters for the U.S. series and for whatever reason the writers decided to use our real names. It's pretty hilarious on set because it still confuses us. Oscar especially! ;) He'll call Jenna Pam when we aren't rolling and call her Jenna while we are rolling. It cracks me up every time.
From Caleb: What was the hardest scene you had to play on The Office?
My hardest scene was with Jenna in a coffee shop. Dwight had driven to the corporate offices for Angela Martin to turn in the tax forms she forgot to send. It was such a romantic gesture and he saved her job doing so. She was overcome with happiness. In the script it said that as she retold it all to Pam that she was giddy. I thought...giddy?! How the heck is Angela Martin giddy? She even had to smile and giggle. I struggled with that because I wanted it to feel authentic to her character. This woman is rarely giddy!