() — Dwight Schrute’s character on “The Office” brought joy to viewers, but not to the man who played him.
During a recently published appearance on Bill Maher’s “Club Random” podcast, Rainn Wilson shared that she wasn’t happy while filming the beloved series.
“When I was on ‘The Office,’ I spent a number of really unhappy years mostly because I wasn’t enough,” Wilson said. “I was making hundreds of thousands. I wanted millions, and I was a TV star, but I wanted to be a movie star. It was never enough.”
The actor’s Peacock show, “Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss,” premiered in May and follows him on his worldwide quest to find happiness.
He told just before the premiere: “Anxiety is something I’ve dealt with my whole life.”
“Depression comes and goes,” he said. “The loneliness and the disconnection, the alienation too, sort of like all the symptoms of the modern world. So it was an incredible opportunity to go on a personal journey. I managed to transform myself.”
Wilson spoke with Maher on the podcast about sorting out his feelings about his stint on the hit series.
“This is what I’m seeing now and realizing now: I’m on a hit show, nominated for Emmys every year, making a lot of money working with Steve Carell and Jenna Fisher and John Krasinski and these incredible writers and incredible directors like Paul Feig. Wilson said. “I’m on one of the great TV shows. People love it. I wasn’t enjoying it.”
Despite all the success, it wasn’t enough for him.
“I was like, ‘Why am I not a movie star? Why am I not the next Jack Black or the next Will Ferrell?'” he said. “How come I can’t have a film career? Why don’t I have this development contract?”
Wilson’s book “Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution” was published in April.