Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers: Rainn Wilson, Donald & Martha

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers: Rainn Wilson, Donald & Martha

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Byline: Keith Naughton (Nicki Gostin)

Rainn Wilson plays Dwight Schrute, the office nerd that everybody loves to hate in "The Office." He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin.

I love Dwight. Do you ever cringe playing him?

Rainn Wilson: Absolutely. In the episode we're shooting, I'm singing at the top of my lungs Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" with my fingers in my ears and I'm thinking, "Oh my God, I am such a p---k, but I'm getting paid lots of money to be an ass."

The guy you played on "Six Feet Under" was really weird, too.

I've always really felt a connection for the outsider, alienated, outcast type of person. I feel for those characters and I don't mind looking dorky and ridiculous.

You also do a blog.

Yeah, on NBC.com. It's called Schrute-Space. I write it when I'm sitting around on the set doing background work. I'll have 20 minutes, and I'll pound out a blog.

Do they pay you extra?

Not a dime. I do it for my love of the art of blogging. It fits in perfectly for Dwight because he loves to lecture to the world. He has his theories about Valentine's Day, the show "Lost," robots. He holds forth on a number of topics.

I have to ask you. Were you born with the name Rainn?

My real name is Randy. I'm lying. Yes, it is very pretentious. I had hippie parents, dude, come on!

But the double n... Do you think they hated you at birth?

Uh, yeah, they did. I was scarred because of it and I play all these weird, retarded characters because of the emotional scars, Nicki! …

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