Rainn Wilson is an actor best known for his role as the egomaniacal Dwight Schrute in the NBC sitcom "The Office." He grew up in Seattle, Wash., as a member of the Baha'i faith, and attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is the founder of the Web site Soul Pancake (and the recently published book of the same name).
Question: Has the character of Dwight evolved since "The Office" began?
Rainn Wilson: You know it’s interesting. I look back on some season one and I realize that the character is pretty much the same as when I started him. I think that he has evolved as a person over the last seven years and that has been an interesting thing. I think he is not so much Michael’s sycophant anymore. He is pretty separate and independent from Michael. They’ve had some falling outs. He is no longer interlocked with the character of Michael Scott, so he has matured. He is more confident. He is more socially confident. He is more confident for women. He has become a little bit more of the alpha male kind of testing his limits in the office, in the workplace and I think that has been interesting, but the character in terms of the acting is really the same I think from season one.
Question: Would you hire Dwight Schrute?
Rainn Wilson: I would hire Dwight. Yes, I would, in a heartbeat. He would do anything. I could hire him for any job imaginable and he would morph himself to the task.
Recorded November 11, 2010
Interviewed by David Hirschman
Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler
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