It’s not every day that we humans can have such a positive impact on the lives of people we’ve never met.
But that’s exactly what happened in recent days to actor Rainn Wilson when he took a flight that went through Portland International Airport.
While traveling Wilson, who played Dwight Schrute on the hit series The Office, unknowingly received a heartfelt message from a fan of the show that came in the form of a letter on a napkin.
He has since posted a photo of that napkin on his social media platforms, along with a message back to the woman, who turned out to be a flight attendant.
‘The Office got me through some of the darkest days of my life. I can’t thank you enough for that,’ the message read from Melanie with Alaska Airlines.
Rainn Wilson, 57, shared a sweet message he received from a fan, who praised him and The Office for helping her ‘get through some of the darkest days of my life’
Along with posting the photo of the message on Instagram and X (formerly Twitter), Wilson shared some more of the story behind her kind act, as well as a tribute to his former colleagues on The Office.
‘I didn’t even see who dropped this on my lap at the PDX airport, but I greatly appreciate the sentiment, flight attendant Melanie of Alaska Airlines,’ he wrote in response. ‘So humbled to be a part of a show that affected, touched, comforted and inspired. And continues to do so! It’s so f***ing rare.’
It’s at this point that the acclaimed actor, who earned three consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his work on The Office, shared some of the praise from that woman with the cast and crew.
‘A continuous thank you to the whole Office family, cast, writers, crew and especially AUDIENCE!’ the Seattle, Washington native continued, before adding that ‘this is not an open invitation to give me notes on napkins!’
The mockumentary series also starred the likes of Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Ellie Kemper, David Denman, Melora Hardin, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Rashida Jones, Zack Woods, Amy Ryan, Catherine Tate, James Spader, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy.
The show, which depicts the everyday work lives of office employees at the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, ran on NBC for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013.
Based on the BBC series of the same name created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, it was adapted for American television by Greg Daniels, a veteran writer Saturday Night Live, King of The Hill and The Simpsons.
Like its British counterpart, the show was filmed in a single-camera setup without a studio audience or a laugh track to simulate the look of an actual documentary.
The actor played fan favorite Dwight Schrute on the mockumentary sitcom for its nine season run on NBC from 2005 to 2013
Wilson maintained he didn’t even see who dropped the sweet message on his lap at Portland International Airport this week
While The Office was a popular show during its original run, it saw a resurgence during the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning in mid-March 2020; picture are stars B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard), John Krasinski (Jim Halpert), Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley), Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), Steve Carell (Michael Scott)
The Office, which starred Steve Carell in the leading role of the boss Michael Scott, received 42 Primetime Emmy Award nominations that resulted in five wins; pictured in a scene from the show are Wilson, Carell and Krasinski
Overall, The Office received 42 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations that resulted in five wins, including Outstanding Comedy Series (season two), Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series (Greg Daniels for Gay Witch Hunt), Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series (Jeffrey Blitz for Stress Relief), and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series (David Rogers and and Claire Scanlon for Finale).
While Carell never received an Emmy Award for his performance in the series, he did win a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor In A Television Comedy Or Musical (2006).
The series saw a resurgence in its popularity while everyone was in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning in mid-March 2020, as reported by a number of publications, including People. Wilson discussed that affect the show has had on fans with Carell on the finale of his Instagram Live series, Hey There, Human.
‘One thing that’s been really gratifying for me is during this really dark time, I’ve heard from so many people that they’ve really appreciated having The Office there — that it has a warmth and humanity to it, kind of a family feel that makes it a special thing and that’s helped them during this time, and even helped their mental health,’ Wilson shared at the time.