B.J. Novak Opens Up About His Tumultuous Relationship With Mindy Kaling, ‘The Office’ Finale and More

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Former Office star and current executive producer of The Mindy Project, B.J. Novak dropped by Reddit earlier today to answer a few questions from fans and promote his new book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. During the comprehensive Q &A, Novak discussed what it was like to attend high school with Office co-star John Krasinski, his sometimes tumultuous relationship with pal Mindy Kaling and an alternate Office ending in which Ryan Howard burns Dunder-Mifflin to the ground. Missed it? We’ve got you covered. Check out the most revealing tidbits below:

On the co-star he was closest to on The Office: “I was closest with Mindy Kaling, and also least close with Mindy Kaling, on a minute-by-minute basis. And I wouldn’t trade it for the word. Actually, I would trade it for the world. What am I talking about: I’d trade it for a more consistently positive relationship with Mindy Kaling. She’s the best.”

On The Office finale: “Yes. I think it was a really great final episode, and I love that the final episode acknowledged the impact that the documentary crew had on everyone’s lives, and also continued the story with the characters. And on a personal level I loved that Ryan literally ran off into the sunset with Kelly — but abandoned a baby in order to do so. So funny and dark and happy perfect. Greg Daniels deserves all the credit in the world for wrapping up the series the way he started it out.”

On the alternative Office finale: “Late in the run of the series, when we discussed how it all might end, one of many crazy suggestion we batted around was that Ryan burns Dunder-Mifflin to the ground and it turns out he’d been a pyromaniac the whole time. We were pulling a lot of late nights when that got pitched.”

On the one thing he wishes people knew about him: “I can do one magic trick really well. It involves coins and an old man taught it to me when I was five years old.”

On going to high school — and later acting with — John Krasinski:  “We acted together in the Senior Show our senior year. He was incredibly talented and the show was a lot of fun, but no, it never occurred to me that anyone would do anything together after high school. Who ever imagines that?”

“I sometimes think that if I were to wake up and it turned out The Office was all a dream, the fact that John Krasinski was in it with me would be what I’d realize afterward should have been the obvious tip-off. ‘Oh! And John Krasinski was in it, too! But they called him Jim! And there was a beet farmer… Whoa, so weird.'”

On whether John Krasinski would stare into the camera and shrug every so often in high school: “Constantly. We all thought he was crazy. Little did we know!”

B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is available now.

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