John Krasinski Admits He Had "Little Confidence" in Hit Series 'The Office'

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First, we learned The Office had an alternate ending. Then John Krasinski admitted he wanted Jim and Pam to split up. And now, the actor's breaking our binge-watching hearts again: Krasinski didn't even have faith in his role as Jim. Yup, you read that right - the award-winning star had "little confidence" after filming the hit show's pilot episode.

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Krasinski recently joined Stephen Colbert on The Late Show as his first live studio guest since 2020. And by the looks of it, there's nothing the two funny guys didn't do. The Hollywood figures arm-wrestled (John won), and viewers learned plenty of fun facts about the actor after watching him take "The Colbert Questionert." Our favorite tidbit? The Quiet Place director's favorite smell is... baby hair. It's not what we expected, but honestly, it's pretty adorable.

Things got really interesting when Colbert asked his guest whether he'd ever worked as a waiter. "Even after the pilot of The Office, I went back and waited tables. That's how little confidence [I had]," John admitted. "At the time, I was at the Odeon, downtown. It's a historic restaurant." While the news was a surprise to The Late Show host, it's actually not the first time Krasinski discussed the old backup gig.

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The Office alum admitted he had little faith in the show's success during a conversation with co-star Steve Carell on his YouTube series Some Good News. "I was a waiter when I got that job," John revealed. "I was 23 years old, I was a waiter, and after the pilot, I went back to waiting tables because I was sure nothing was going to happen with it. And we all kinda came into it with that vibe. I remember none of us had done anything huge."

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Obviously, the talented actor's prediction couldn't have been more wrong. From multiple Emmy Awards to the Golden Globes, the Office's awards and nominations list seems endless. We're glad Krasinski ultimately chose to return to the set rather than continue waiting tables - what would the legendary series be without our beloved Jim? Oh and, no pressure, but we're still waiting on that reunion...