Amy Ryan Was Initially Slated For Just One Or Two Episodes Of The Office


Amy Ryan’s character, Holly Flax, appeared in only 17 episodes of “The Office” during Seasons 4, 5, and 7 (per IMDb), but Holly’s arrival on the series clearly shook up Michael Scott’s (Steve Carell) life. Michael returns to be the best man in the wedding between Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) during the Season 9 series finale.  And it’s then that Pam (Jenna Fischer) reveals during a voiceover that Michael is happy to be a family man with children. However, Holly’s brief, but important, stint on “The Office” wasn’t supposed to be as overarching and enduring as it turned out to be.

“It was just supposed to be like one or two episodes,” Ryan revealed during an interview with the BUILD Series (via YouTube). “And then they kept saying, ‘Well, will you come back for another?’ I was like, ‘Sure, it was fun. I’ll do that again.'” During the interview, Ryan also revealed that she was a fan of “The Office,” before joining the Dunder Mifflin family and that she felt lucky to have been a part of the series. “It is one of the most joyous places to go to work,” Ryan said. “I would truly leave with aches in my sides from laughing, and, you know, it was so hard to keep a straight face on that set.”

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