5 Questions with BJ Novak of NBC’s The Office
April 27, 2006 by Kath Skerry
BJ Novak is a busy guy. In addition to playing Ryan Howard, the object of Kelly Kapoor (and Michael Scott’s) affection on The Office, did you know he is also one of the head writers? BJ has written some of the greatest episodes to date including “Boys and Girls”, “The Fire”, “Sexual Harrassment”, and my personal favorite, “Diversity Day”.
Despite his crazy schedule, BJ was kind enough to answer a few questions for Give Me My Remote. This time we changed it up a bit, and went a little Craig Kilborn, 5 Questions approach.
Give Me My Remote: If you could change places with one person, who would it be?
BJ Novak: Someone really stiff and uptight. Once we changed places, I’d re-arrange all their stuff. Then when we changed places back, they’d be like, ‘What the hell happened here!!?!?!”
GMMR: If you could have dinner with 5 Famous People, who would they be?
BJ: I’d choose four total C-list celebrities, and one superstar, like Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks would be polite and smile the whole time, but inside he’d be like, ‘huh… am I not that famous anymore?’
GMMR: Who is the funniest person you know?
BJ: Oh. Am I not being funny enough? You want me to try to find you someone else?
GMMR: To date, what is your favorite scene from The Office?
BJ: I have so many…. I’ll go for one that might be a little obscure. One that I’ve always loved, for some reason, is the scene in “Sexual Harrasment” when Michael’s lawyer, James P. Albini, arrives to defend Michael from a man who turns out to be his own lawyer.I just like every bit of that scene — the name James P. Albini, the actor who plays him, the way that Albini talks to the camera, the pride Michael that Michael shows when he says “I think you’ll recognize him from the billboards.” I don’t know why, that always delighted me.
GMMR: Who has the biggest ego in the cast?
BJ: The biggest eagle? Probably John Krasinski. Jenna owns a pretty large eagle too, though.
GMMR: No, biggest ego.
BJ: Oh, ego. No one in the cast has a big ego.