The Office's Ed Helms on the One Downside to the Show's Enduring Popularity
Though fans’ love for The Office has never really gone away, it has had a resurgence in recent years thanks to the show’s availability on Netflix. The U.S. version of the series began in 2005, but its easy accessibility via streaming has attracted a new generation of fans—some of whom weren't even yet born when the series first aired.
Ed Helms, who played Dunder Mifflin's a capella-loving Andy Bernard, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week to promote his new film Corporate Animals. Of course, the conversation eventually came back around to The Office. As Mashable reports, Kimmel asked the actor what he thought of the new, younger Dunder Mifflin fan base.
"It was a hit at the time, but it was mostly sitcom nighttime programming [for] adults," Helms said. "Now it's like 8-, 9-, 10-year-old kids that binge this thing on Netflix ... It's awesome—I'm so proud of the show. That show is one of the greatest professional experiences of my life."
Helms says he couldn’t be more touched that the show is still adored, but there is one downside to its enduring popularity. "Back in the day, a person would come up and say, like, 'Hey, you're Andy Bernard, it's so great to meet you!'” he says. “Now, like, 10-year-old kids are running around going 'Rit-dit-dit-doo-doo'! They don't have the same restraint as older [fans]."