A Look at What The Success of The Office Did For BJ Novak’s Career and His Complex Love Life

An award-winning scriptwriter, BJ Novak is most famous for his work in the TV series, The Office. The series became extremely popular, earning him several nominations and awards. It also established Novak’s reputation as a scriptwriter. Following his outstanding writing works, the brilliant actor has received numerous accolades.

He has also penned many bestseller books and featured in a good number of movies and TV series. Beyond working as an actor, Novak has also directed many episodes of some TV shows, including The Mindy Project. Another interesting part of his life is the love side, especially his confusing relationship with Mindy Kaling whom he worked with on the set of The Office.

BJ Novak Was Earmarked For His Role In The Office While Performing On A Comedy Show

While doing his stand up comedy work at a comedy club, BJ Novak didn’t know that executive producer Greg Daniels was among his audience. Impressed with his performance, Daniels wanted to work with him and subsequently, the comedian was cast as Ryan Howard on the set of The Office. In the television series that ran for eight years from 2005 to 2013, Novak depicted a character whose career life is riddled with ups and downs, and the same is reflected in his love life with Mindy Kaling’s character (Kelly Kapoor); their dalliance was just going on and off.

On the show, the comedian didn’t just star as a cast member, he equally had a position behind the camera as a writer and producer. However, he didn’t do the work alone, Novak had the help of others like Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, Greg Daniels, and Paul Lieberstein who were credited with being the original writers for the show. The comedian wrote a total of fifteen episodes during the show’s duration. He takes the credit for writing the Diversity Day and Local Ad episodes which were later nominated for the Writer’s Guild of America.

His Outstanding Performance On The Show Led To A Contract Extension With The Office

Reports surfaced on the 21st of July 2010, indicating that BJ Novak inked a deal to remain with The Office for its seasons seven and eight under completely new terms. The terms stipulated that he will become the show’s executive producer midway through the 7th season, as well as function as a director for a couple of episodes. Novak also talked about sharing the success of the show with John Krasinski – his Newton South High School classmate; he stated this in an interview session with The Philadelphia Inquirer in June 2009.

Novak’s efforts in The Office did not go unnoticed as the actor cum comedian was rewarded with a good number of awards and accolades. Notable among them are Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; this was won for two consecutive years, 2006 and 2007. The next year in 2008, he became a nominee for the same award. In 2009, he also became a nominee for the Prism Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Series.

Novak’s Success On The Office Created An Inroad Into Other Acting Roles

With his role in the office well-received by the critics and the viewing public, the Massachusetts native went on to appear in many other productions. Unaccompanied Minors cast him as a flight attendant in 2006, 2007 saw him on the sets of two productions – BJ Novak appeared as an unnamed physician in Knocked Up and as Mr. Fallon in Reign Over Me. The actor bagged the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his performance as Pfc. Smithson Utivich on the set of Inglourious Basterds in 2009 and in 2011, he lent his voice to the character of Baker Smurf in The Smurfs.

Novak was part of the cast in the four episodes of The Mindy Project in 2013, playing the role of Jamie and before the year ran out, he appeared in three other productions – The Internship as a Male Interviewer, The Smurfs 2 as Baker Smurf (voice role), and Saving Mr. Banks in the role of Robert B. Sherman. He did three more projects in 2014, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where he played Alistair Smythe, as Mr. Egypt in Community, and as Lucas Pruit in four episodes of the TV series The Newsroom. He did another voice role in 2015, voicing MC in Arthur, his 2016 role was seen in The Founder as the character of Harry J. Sonneborn, and that same year, he started playing Himself in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

BJ Novak Crossed Path With Mindy Kaling While Writing For The Office

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BJ Novak and Mindy (image source)

It was while writing for The Office in 2004 that BJ Novak met Mindy for the first time. The duo was both 24 years then and according to the Massachusetts native, they started fighting and flirting immediately. In an interview session with Vulture, Novak described their relationship in a funny way, saying that they were never really dating, and were never really not dating. He also said they didn’t know, and no one else knows. The only thing that is certain is that one of them is always found next to the other even when they are not getting along.

Although the timeline of their relationship is not certain, the perpetual fighting/flirting duo has both said that they dated during their early years on the set of The Office, breaking up and getting back together several times over. In 2012, Ming told Vulture that they sort of fell in love while writing for The Office and then proceeded to date on and off for two years, and now, they are just like best friends. They share really funny jokes about each other.

Mindy Says They Are Currently Real Best Friends

Mindy described their relationship as being like, real best friends. that kind of friendship you have when you are embedded with someone, that you can only get by, putting in that insane amount of time with people.

In his reply, BJ Novak echoes Mindy’s words, describing them as pretty inseparable best friends with palpable chemistry. He said they are not dating but whenever they hoot up with another person, there’s a period where that person becomes very skeptical of their friendship. The couple actually refer to each other as “Soup Snake”.

When Mindy Gave birth to her daughter Katherine in 2017, people were really disappointed that Novak was not the father. However, the female comedian has kept the identity of her baby daddy secret to date, claiming that her daughter has to know first before she brings that particular information to the public arena. the actor is believed to be currently single as searches have not revealed any woman in his life.

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