Whenever Pam Smiled at the Camera, the Real Camera Operator Couldn’t Help but Smile Back

Pam Beesly gives the camera a variety of looks throughout her time on The Office. She gives the camera pained looks, like Are you kidding me? This is really happening? She gives the camera sneaky looks when she’s up to something mischievous. And, perhaps most often, she flashes the camera that signature Pam smile.

According to Jenna Fischer (the woman behind Pam), when the actors would give the camera looks, they were actually acting to someone. And, oftentimes, the person behind the camera would genuinely react to whatever was going on in the scene, even though they weren’t actors.

Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Meet: Randall Einhorn, ‘The Office’ camera operator

When Fischer was interviewed by NPR in 2008, she was asked about the looks she and other Office actors give the camera. Are they looking at a

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