Dakota Johnson calls guest-starring on “The Office” series finale “the worst time of my life”

Dakota Johnson calls guest-starring on "The Office" series finale "the worst time of my life"
Credit: Late Night with Seth Meyers

While making an appearance at “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to promote her upcoming film, Madame Web, which hits the theaters on February 14, 2024, Dakota Johnson talked about appearing in The Office series finale. 

She opened up to the late-night talk show host about her experience while guest-starring on the iconic series finale of “The Office,” describing it as nothing short of a nightmare.

The conversation about her guest appearance picked up when Meyers shared with Johnson that both of them actually starred in the finale episode where he was cast for doing a fictional version of “Weekend Update’ from “Saturday Night Live.” Sadly, their short guest star appearances were hardly noticeable because the finale included many returning main cast members, such as Steve Carrell, B.J. Novak, and Mindy Kaling among others. 

To this revelation, the 34-year-old actress chuckled but then confessed, “That was honestly the worst time of my life.” Johnson quipped about her role as one of the new hires, also named Dakota in the series finale. “They were like, ‘Do you want to be in the series finale?’ And I was like, ‘Of course,’ thinking that I’d show up for like half a day. I was there for two weeks. And I’m barely in the f***ing show.”

After her response, Meyers asked if it was sad being on the set for the last episode, to which Johnson simply answered, “There were weird dynamics that had been going on for the last 10 years. Some people didn’t speak to each other. And I’m coming in like, ‘So excited to be here!’ No one wanted to talk to me. No one gave a f**k. I was like in the background of all of these scenes, faxing things.” Watch the entire interview below:

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The reaction to her statement has been rather welcomed by the viewers, as one user commented, “I love her spilling the tea about The Office! I’m weirdly unsurprised; it seemed tense after a while.” A second one wrote, “Unknowingly spilling the office tea.” A third fan chimed in on the joke Johnson made about her character doing faxing jobs in the finale episode, “A lot of people mail it in, but Dakota Johnson faxes it in.”

Most recently, some great news has been floating on the internet, as Bryan Cranston, who directed the Season 9 episode “Work Bus,” recently made headlines for asking cast members Jenna Fischer (who played Pam) and Angela Kinsey (who played Angela) if they would do a movie version of The Office” years after the finale. “Let’s say that there’s not a reboot series, but what if there was a movie?” he asked. 

“Something to where we can see where these people are. These people in the entire cast that we’re curious about. We wondered at the end, where did they go? What did become of them?” Fischer said she would sign on to a movie version of The Office” as long as Daniels is involved “because [then] I would trust it. You know? As long as Greg is writing it and he’s in charge of it, then I say yes.” Kinsey also added, “I would do it for my kids because I think they would think that’s fun.”

In addition to this, the chances of another series are once again on the table when showrunner Greg Daniels opens a development room to officially begin planning a reboot. Eventually, Daniels clarified that he had no interest in rebooting the series by redoing “that same show with a different cast,” instead preferring to have a spinoff series focusing on a different subject in the same world.

More details about the reboot have not been disclosed yet, as fans will have to wait for an official stamp on this project from the network. In the meantime, check out all the prior seasons which depict the everyday work lives of office employees at the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The complete series is available to stream on Peacock Premium, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Jio Cinema, based on subscribers’ location and membership preferences.