Every generation has a TV romance that defines the era, whether it’s Sam and Diane from the Cheers, or Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak in a hardcore action romp like Arrow. One of the most iconic on-screen couples in recent memory is the relationship between Pam Beasly and Jim Halpert from NBC’s The Office. Their unspoken love for one another elevated the show beyond a mere workplace comedy and gave the proceedings a more relatable pathos for any audience member. Now it seems that we weren’t the only ones who genuinely felt something between those characters.
During an appearance on Bravo, Jenna Fischer admitted that she and Krasinski had some level of feelings for one another as The Office went on over the years:
Looking back on the series, it makes perfect sense that they would feel this way. The two actors spent eight years pining after one another and eventually became one of the most downright adorable on-screen romances we have ever seen. In order to properly portray a relationship like that, a performer must be willing to give themselves over to those sorts of feelings, and properly convey them on screen. It goes without saying, although we’re going to say it anyway, that these two actors accomplished this feat with incredible poise and grace.
Of course, the Jenna Fischer would go on to point out that there are some fundamental differences between the characters and their real life counterparts. Despite their good chemistry, and potential real feelings of love for one another, they still were not the “perfect match” that audiences came to appreciate over the years. In reality, Fischer is happily married to filmmaker Lee Kirk, while John Krasinski is married to actress Emily Blunt – both couples married in 2010. Still, in our hearts Jim and Pam will always be the perfect match.
While The Office may have ended, we can rest easy knowing that the emotions and overall feelings we had while watching the show were shared by those on screen. Jim and Pam will go down in history as one of the best on-screen couples of all time and we owe it to the connection between Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski. The two were so good that they basically ruined love for an entire generation of TV audiences by being so damn perfect together.
John Krasinski can currently be seen in Michael Bay’s latest thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and Jenna Fischer’s new show You, Me and the Apocalypse premieres Thursday, January 28 on NBC.