Regina Marie Fischer, better known as Jenna Fischer, is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Pam Beesly on the NBC sitcom The Office, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007, and was a producer for its final season. Take a look below for 28 more awesome and interesting facts about Jenna Fischer.
1. Fischer was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
2. Her mother, Anne, is a history teacher; her father, James E. “Jim” Fischer, is an engineer.
3. She has one younger sister, Emily, a third grade teacher.
4. She first performed at the age of six, when she participated in an acting workshop taught by her mother at Henry School in St. Louis, a workshop also attended by actor Sean Gunn, with whom she grew up.
5. Fischer attended Pierremont Elementary School in Manchester, Missouri, and Nerinx Hall High School, a private all-girls Catholic school, in Webster Groves, Missouri.
6. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, as well as a minor in journalism, from Truman State University, where she originally enrolled as a pre-law history major.
7. While attending college at Truman State in Missouri, Fischer performed with a touring Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre group.
8. Upon her move to Los Angeles in 1998, Fischer began performing Commedia dell’arte with the Zoo District Theater.
9. She was noticed by a talent agent because of her appearance in a musical theater adaptation of the film Nosferatu (1922) with Zoo District Theatre company. This led to her signing a contract with that agent.
10. Fischer struggled to break into film and television. Her first paying film role was a sex education video for psychiatric patients upon their release from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
11. Three years elapsed from the time she arrived in California until Fischer landed her first televised speaking role. She played the part of a waitress on the television sitcom Spin City in 2001.
12. Fischer appeared in bit parts in small independent films during her early years in Southern California, including Employee of the Month, Lucky 13, and The Specials.
13. After Fischer moved to Los Angeles, her childhood friend Sean Gunn helped her get a part in a showcase and then introduced her to his brother, screenwriter James Gunn.
14. Fischer married James Gunn on October 7, 2000.
15. They announced their separation in September 2007, and they divorced in 2008.
16. In 2010, Fischer helped Gunn with casting her The Office co-star Rainn Wilson in Gunn’s film Super.
17. In June 2009, Fischer’s engagement to screenwriter Lee Kirk was announced, and they married on July 3, 2010.
18. Fischer and Kirk announced her pregnancy with their first child in May 2011; the pregnancy coincided with her character’s second pregnancy on The Office’s eighth season.
19. In September 2011, Fischer gave birth to their son.
20. Fischer gave birth to their second child, a daughter, in May 2014.
21. Fischer is passionate about animal rescue, and she is involved with the Los Angeles organizations Kitten Rescue and Rescue Rover.
22. Before The Office, she worked for three years doing hands-on rescue work for the organizations.
23. She regularly fosters cats and hosted Kitten Rescue’s annual Fur Ball Gala in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
24. On April 17, 2018, Fischer was a guest of an event at DePauw University that was interrupted by students who were protesting against the racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs found on campus.
25. In response to the protests, Fischer announced she would donate the money she received from DePauw to the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, and The Trevor Project.
26. Fischer was named an official spokeswoman for Proactiv Skincare Solutions in 2009 and was announced as the voice behind the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Grilled Cheese Academy website in 2010.
27. Fischer was named as producer of the mid-August through October 2010 run of the critically acclaimed play Sad Happy Sucker, written by her husband Lee Kirk and directed by friend Sean Gunn. The play previously ran as a theater workshop in February and March 2007.
28. After finishing The Office, Fischer starred in the Off-Broadway play Reasons to Be Happy, written and directed by Neil LaBute, which ran from May to June 2013.