Ed Helms joined “The Office” in its third season, when John Krasinski’s Jim transfers to a different workplace to keep away from his emotions for Jenna Fischer’s Pam. Andy Bernard is instantly a jerk, sucking as much as the boss and giving Jim an undesirable nickname. Helms, who wasn’t supposed to remain on the present previous his debut season, impressed together with his efficiency and was made a collection common.
After becoming a member of the present for the longterm, Andy went by means of a little bit of a softening. Instead of the whole jerk with anger points he began out as, he grew to become extra of a well-meaning however pompous moron. It was this evolution of the character that Helms started to actually see himself in. In a deep dive interview with fellow “The Office” star Brian Baumgartner, Helms talks about this:
“Andy will not be very very similar to me, however solely as a result of I’ve higher enhancing mechanisms for my very own habits. But I feel a number of Andy’s impulses and instincts are, you already know, I relate to. He’s simply not self-aware sufficient to place a verify on them.”
Being capable of relate to the character’s myriad flaws is one factor, however Helms was even capable of finding elements of Andy’s character that he straight up admired. “There are issues that I really actually envy about Andy, that I want I used to be extra like,” Helms mentioned within the interview, particularly citing Andy’s relationship with workplace ice queen, Angela. “He fell in love with Angela, and was identical to, ‘This is it. I’m all in. And I like you!’ And all people knew it, and there was no disgrace, there was no sort of reticence, and I feel I simply all the time beloved that about Andy.”