Dakota Johnson Says The Office Finale Guest Role Was ‘Worst Experience’

Dakota Johnson hilariously reminisced with Seth Meyers on “Late Night” about their appearances on the “The Office” series finale, which aired on NBC in May 2013. Johnson, who was still years out at the time from her breakthrough in the “Fifty Shades” franchise, appeared as a new accountant named Dakota. Meyers, meanwhile, was seen on a television doing a fictional version of “Weekend Update” from “Saturday Night Live.” Johnson was a big fan of “The Office,” so she jumped at the chance to be a guest star on the last episode.

“That was honestly the worst time of my life,” Johnson quipped. “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 fucking show.”

Asked by Meyers if it was sad being on the set for the last episode, Johnson 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 fuck…I was like in the background of all of these scenes, faxing things.”

Johnson and Meyers were hardly the most notable guest stars in “The Office” series finale, as the episode welcomed back beloved returning cast members such as Steve Carrell, B. J. Novak and Mindy Kaling. Other guest stars included Rachael Harris, Joan Cusack and Ed Begley Jr.

Bryan Cranston, who directed the Season 9 episode “Work Bus,” recently made headlines for asking cast members Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (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.” 

“I would do it for my kids because I think they would think that’s fun,” Kinsey added.

Fans of “The Office” got huge news at the start of 2024 when it was revealed that showrunner Greg Daniels had opened a development room to officially begin planning a reboot. Watch Johnson’s full appearance on “Late Night” in the video below.

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