The Office's Jenna Fischer leads new romantic comedy
Jenna Fischer is set to step into the spotlight as the lead in the new romantic comedy The Giant Mechanical Man, co-starring Malin Akerman and Topher Grace.
It's hard not to love Jenna Fischer as Jim Halpert's adorable (and hilarious) wife Pam on NBC's The Office. We've always wondered when Hollywood would give her the headlining roles she deserves — and that time is now!
The new mom stars in The Giant Mechanical Man, set for theatrical and on-demand release through Tribeca Film. The film follows Fischer's Janice, a thirtysomething woman who doesn't exactly get this whole "adulthood" thing. Much to Janice's dismay, her sister, played by Malin Akerman, pressures her to date a pompous self-help guru (Topher Grace).
Chris Messina also stars as Tim, a street artist who can't exactly pay the bills as a living statue. He does, however, help Janice find her own way in life.
Fischer isn't just the star — she also signed on as producer.
"From the minute Lee [Kirk, writer and director] shared the script with me, I knew I wanted to be a part of this film -- so much so that I decided to produce it," she told SheKnows in a statement.
"I was so drawn to my character and there's something about Janice that is very relatable. I think we've all been at a crossroads in life when you're trying to take the next step, but struggling with which direction to go; just when you think things will never get better you find something amazing like love. It resonated with me and I couldn't be more proud of how it turned out."
The film also sounds like something the actress can relate to in her personal life. Fischer married Kirk in 2010 after divorcing first husband James Gunn in 2008. She told Redbook in 2011 that she got the best advice about love from one of her co-stars from The Office.
"Finding love is not as hard as picking the right person to spend the rest of your life with. It was Paul Lieberstein, the executive producer of The Office; he also plays Toby on the show. I held on to that advice when I was searching. I'd start to fall for someone and think, but that's not a good match. The fluttery feelings aren't enough," she told the magazine.
"When I was younger, I thought you married the person you fell in love with the most. But as [my ex-husband and I] learned what we wanted, I realized there was a whole other set of criteria. You have to ask, do we have the same goals?"