Andy Buckley Exclusive Interview

Andy Buckley

THE STAR SCOOP:
What are you up to these days?

ANDY BUCKLEY:
Presently I am in my office winding down the day. I do something else also. I’m an advisor at one of the big bank brokerage houses that I don’t get to mention the name of which I am at. You may or may not know that. At this moment that’s what I’m doing. We’ll see…what’s happening on The Office, who’s going to be on the season: Kathy Bates. She’s doing half a dozen shows, something like that. She’s head of the corporation that has bought Dunder Mifflin. That leaves Wallace’s future up in the air. Who knows what will happen to Wallace? It definitely puts his future up in the air a little bit, We will see. I am hopeful that they will not get rid of me [laughs]. It’s such a fantastic place to be. They are just great.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You’ve got a lot of other things going on right now, too.

Andy Buckley:
Yeah. I got to do a couple of little parts, not insignificant parts in a couple movies. The first one is Katherine Heigl, Greg Berlanti. He’s quite a big deal in television, doing his first big studio movie. With Josh Duhamel. Berlanti is such a lovely guy, as was everybody there. It’s called Life as We Know It. That was my first big movie, first non independent movie, playing a Wallace like character only I’m a lawyer instead of a financial guy. The other one is The Other Guys, with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Huge big-name cast. It’s in large part due to being on The Office.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Have you seen a big effect from your work on The Office? What has been the impact?

ANDY BUCKLEY:
It’s crazy. You start getting recognized. People start knowing you. You walk into some room to audition and people know who you are. You get to go in at a higher level sometimes. It’s only a couple things [laughs]. It could easily all end tomorrow, which is why I still do what I do otherwise. It’s incredibly fun.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What do people think of you having another job? What played into your decision?

ANDY BUCKLEY:
I started doing this like nine years ago. It’s really only until about a year and half ago that The Office and anything else beyond that came. Some people are surprised, but I have clients who depend on me, and partners who depend on me, and a wife and a son.

THE STAR SCOOP:
When you got the role on The Office, had you watched the show?

ANDY BUCKLEY:
Yeah, I had seen the British version and was a fan of the U.S. version. Huge fan of the show! Those guys are obviously fantastic. Steve [Carell] is amazing. Every single take is like he gives one hundred and twenty percent. In between every take, he’s trying to come up with how he’s going to do it, comes up with a completely different take every time. It’s great, and I’m eternally grateful to be here.

I think this is on the IMDB page, how it came about. The woman who casts the show is one of the great casting directors in town and she was one of the two casting people who would actually try and hire me when I was trying to act fifteen years ago before I made a change. Me and my wife ran into her at the farmer’s market one day, and she said hey, give me your number, give me your card just in case something up. Literally nine months later she called me and said, you should come audition for this. I think you’re the right guy for this part. So I went in and auditioned and they hired me. I was one of like twenty guys auditioning. They called me the next year and in the last couple years they just started calling and doing a lot of them. I don’t know what the point of all this was but it was just sort of a fluke little story how it happened, all because I went to the farmer’s market, so eat your vegetables kids. Support your local farmers. Support local business!

THE STAR SCOOP:
Looking forward…

ANDY BUCKLEY:
I have no idea! If any of the writers or producers are reading this, please keep me around [laughs]. You have to take what comes and then I have to balance it with my actual career as well. It could end soon. I like my other career, my investment advisory career.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You have a lot more fans now because of The Office. What do you want to say to them?

ANDY BUCKLEY:
If it looks like Wallace’s character is in trouble, please start the “Save Wallace” campaign on Twitter [laughs]. Let’s keep Wallace around! No, stay in school kids. Stay in school and study.

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