Rainn Wilson Says He Was ‘Mostly Unhappy’ Filming ‘The Office’ Because ‘It Wasn’t Enough’

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Actor Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight Schrute on the NBC workplace comedy “The Office,” recently revealed some of his negative feelings about his time on the series. 

During an appearance on Bill Maher’s “Club Random” podcast, the 57-year-old actor admitted that he became obsessed with becoming more successful.

“When I signed up for ‘The Office,’ it’s like, I want to buy a house, Bill Maher, I want to buy a house…I wasn’t thinking about giving laughter as a therapeutic remedy and a balm and a salve to a hurting populace. What an honor it was to be a part of something like that,” Wilson said.

“When I was in ‘The Office,’ I spent several years really mostly unhappy because it wasn’t enough. This is what I’m looking at now, and I’m realizing now, like, I’m on a hit show, Emmy nominated every year, making lots of money working with, like, Steve Carell and Jenna Fisher and John Krasinski and these amazing writers and incredible directors like Paul Feig,” he said.

“I’m on one of the great TV shows. People love it. I wasn’t enjoying it. I was thinking about, ‘Why am I not a movie star? Why am I not the next Jack Black or the next Will Ferrell? How come I can’t have a movie career? Why don’t I have this development deal,’” Wilson said. 

He also mentioned how success bred dissatisfaction and the desire to earn more and more. 

“When I was on ‘The Office,’ I was clutching and grasping at okay, I was making hundreds of thousands. I wanted millions, and I was a TV star, but I wanted to be a movie star. It was never enough. Humans have lived for hundreds of thousands of years, and never enough has helped us as a species,” Wilson continued.

The actor made headlines in March when he acknowledged that there was “anti-Christian bias” in the entertainment industry.


“I do think there is an anti-Christian bias in Hollywood. As soon as the David character in ‘The Last of Us’ started reading from the Bible I knew that he was going to be a horrific villain,” Wilson shared on Twitter. “Could there be a Bible-reading preacher on a show who is actually loving and kind?”

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