You know, I'm playing a scene like this for the first time. And, you know, I know that you've written about how much it meant to meet your wife, actress Megan Mullally. And every day, I rode a bicycle to Red Hook, where I rented a shop space and built my first wooden canoe. As is said in Red Hook, it's an old dock neighborhood. And it's at sort of the southwestern tip of Brooklyn, where the East River meets the harbor. So looking out the window to the west, I had the Statue of Liberty in the window of my canoe shop. I had auditioned a handful of times for roles on "The Office." And Greg Daniels, who'd created the American "Office," and Mike Schur, sort of his star writer - they created "Parks And Recreation." And I guess Mike Schur had taken a shine to me at this one specific "Office" audition unbeknownst to me.
Nonchalance could make you feel that you’re irreplaceable, and nonchalance could make you forget how much you really love someone.And it's been an opportunity to explore vulnerabilities and relationships in a way he hadn't previously been able to as an actor: "I just got to play all these scenes that I had never gotten to do in 25 years in the business," he says. I had built a lot of stuff with my dad, including a small barn. On struggling to appear nonchalant in auditions The thing that's hard to conquer is: You're a broke actor.On finding his niche in theater school as a woodworker In the four years of theater school it became clear that I was not going to be cast well, and it was well-deserved. I unwittingly thought that my sort of country rube persona would not be interesting to an audience, I needed to be much cooler and hip and urbane, and so I just tried way too hard, which made me bad. And I picked up the tools and I hammered them together and the rest of the class stood there staring at me with their jaws dropped. The guy running the shop said, "Hey, you can make wages in here. Every single job, it can be a guest star on some terrible TV show, but it will change your life.And the other thing was, I said, "I don't care if [LA is] not a theater town, I got to do a play." ... Coincidentally it was supposed to end up a love interest for Rashida [Jones], a notion which at the time NBC scoffed at. I was at the sporting goods store and they called me to say. [But] by the time I came out to the parking lot, they called again and said, "OK, Greg and Mike Shur really want you on the show, so they're going to put you in this role of Amy [Poehler's] boss, supposed to be an older guy, but they're standing by it, they're being very stubborn." And I stood there and felt tears welling up and said, "That sounds fine, thank you." On the relief of having a stable job on for seven seasons I don't have a quick analogy for it, but I suppose [it's like] if you ...And so I looked all around and some great friends of mine, these casting directors hooked me up with this play, the lead of which was [ actor] Megan Mullally [who later married Offerman]. had to row a boat across the Atlantic Ocean, but for the middle passage a seagull swooped in and dropped off an out-board motor, so you could put your feet up for that time and say, "OK, I know I'm going to have to row again at some point, but right now I'm just enjoying these clouds a great deal." DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR.