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Amy Ryan Talks About Her Cold, Wet Proposal on The Office

If Michael Scott's sprinkler-triggering proposal to Holly Flax on the last episode of The Office seemed like an emotional moment for the cast, it was nothing compared to the vibe on set, Amy Ryan told us yesterday at Our Time's 9th Annual Benefit Gala at the Skirball Center. "The script was so sweet anyway that it made us all have a good cry," she said, "but coupled with the fact that it was the start of Steve's departure and it was my own, yeah, there wasn't a dry eye in the house — literally, from the water pouring down on us and from our emotions. But it was a beautiful night ... We did it in two takes, but it took the crew quite a bit to vacuum up all the water with these big power vacs and reset everything as we stood by in robes, shivering."

Ryan has no doubt at all that Carell made the right choice to leave: "He's shared with me about how he's going to spend more time with his family and make more movies and also produce movies for other actors. I think it's a great thing, and all great things must come to an end, and change is good and all those other adages. I think it's exciting that he's really put his time in and stayed with that show and was so committed." As for how The Office will soldier on without Carell, though the cast may be freaking out, Ryan has faith. "You know, it is the million-dollar question of how well they'll do, but I think it has a really strong fan base and I think people will hold on," she said. "And I think hopefully they'll get someone as fantastic as Steve."

Ryan has no doubt at all that Carell made the right choice to leave: "He's shared with me about how he's going to spend more time with his family and make more movies and also produce movies for other actors. I think it's a great thing, and all great things must come to an end, and change is good and all those other adages. I think it's exciting that he's really put his time in and stayed with that show and was so committed." As for how The Office will soldier on without Carell, though the cast may be freaking out, Ryan has faith. "You know, it is the million-dollar question of how well they'll do, but I think it has a really strong fan base and I think people will hold on," she said. "And I think hopefully they'll get someone as fantastic as Steve."

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