Wednesday morning while at work, I got a call from my roommate. She said, "Guess who's on campus."
Now, the previous evening, she had been talking about the start of fall football camp, so I figured she was talking about some player, or maybe a past Trojan visiting. Heck, maybe even an NFLer.
I was definitely not expecting her to say "Jenna Fischer." I will be eternally grateful for that call.
You see, there have been plenty of celebrities on USC's campus, and not once have I felt compelled to seek them out. But this was different. I named my car Pam Beesly for crying out loud.
As it turns out, two work studies in our office have been catching up on "The Office," so I told the only one who was in what I had just heard. We ventured out and staked out the set for about twenty minutes with no luck.
Later that day the third work study joined us as we went back and stayed for more like an hour this time. At one point, we saw the back of John Krasinski's head as he was walking to his trailer.
And then, someone noticed Jenna Fischer at the craft services table. At first none of us did anything, and then we decided to approach.
She was talking to someone else getting snacks, so we awkwardly stood there waiting for a chance to say hello.
I'd say we talked for about a minute and a half to two minutes. She shook our hands. She asked us where we were from, and since the work studies were both from California, I got to stand out when I said "Alabama." I told her that I love her blog, and she seemed genuinely happy about that. (I forgot, however, to tell her about my car.)
And she mentioned that she has a friend who works on campus, so she visits here sometimes. Awesome.
She was just as cute in person. Shorter than I expected, but that's a common thing. And she was incredibly sweet and nice.
Obviously I can't say I know her, but from reading her blog and the brief interaction I had with her, I'll say this. It's not more celebrities that should be like Jenna Fischer. It's more people that should be like Jenna Fischer.