B.J. Novak Credits Rainn Wilson for His Leap into Acting on ‘The Office’


“Rainn Wilson once gave this interview where he said, ‘The universe will tell you what it wants from you.’ That really haunted me. I really wanted to act at that time, but I was clearly better as a writer. I thought, What part of me is chasing the fun and thrill of this job and how much of me should actually be doing this? I felt kind of ashamed and inquisitive. It really challenged me, even if for all I know [Wilson] got it from Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

- B.J. Novak tells Vulture about his days as a frustrated actor on The Office while promoting the audiobook for One More Thing, which also features the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Katy Perry, and a bunch of kindergarteners.