September 23rd, 2011
05:02 PM ET
Ed Helms' "The Office" alter ego Andy Bernard has been declared the new regional manager of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch, and it seems the actor's trying to convince himself he's not feeling any pressure.
"I feel more excitement than pressure," he said with a laugh to TVLine. "The character of Andy is a jackass, and that's a role I've been preparing for my entire life. It feels like a reboot for the show, with this boss change and James Spader coming into the mix. There's a real different energy afoot...I'm trying to make it sound like I don't feel the pressure but I guess I am trembling on my way to work everyday," he joked.
And it sounds like he does mean nearly every day: Helms tells TVLine that his workload on the show has understandably increased.
"The workload is dramatically more than I've ever dealt with on this show before. I see Steve Carell in a whole new light. We all took it for granted just how professional and prepared and hilarious he was....I'm trying to step into those shoes," Helms says.
As far as what kind of boss Andy will be, Helms sees his character as the guy who's actually "terrified" at the thought of running the show.
"He is making an overt attempt to step up his game. And just me as an actor, Ed Helms, is feeling pressure and excitement about stepping into a larger role like this. Andy Bernard, the character, is also feeling a hell of a lot of pressure and anxiety. And that is a lot of fun to watch unfold - especially when juxtaposed with James Spader's fabulous Robert California."
While it's easy to assume that means Helms is signed on for at least a few more seasons of "The Office," he tells TVLine that he's not sure anything is definite yet.
"But," he goes on, "I hope we have a long and prosperous future at Dunder Mifflin. This cast has so many stories buried in it...everyone down the line is batting a thousand this season. And the writers have really bit into this fresh new fruit. It's a dream job."
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