It Took Dakota Johnson Two Weeks To Get A Few Minutes Of Screentime On The Office

It is said that you should never meet your heroes. The adage might be better reframed as "never sign on for the finale of a show you enjoy."

The actress is best known for the "50 Shades of Grey" trilogy and Netflix's "Persuasion" adaptation.

But she had a small role in the finale of "The Office" long before either adaptation hit the big screen.

He played Dakota - no last name - an accountant hired to replace Kevin. 

In spite of her minor role, Johnson spent more time on-set than expected - and felt like a fish out of water. As she told Vanity Fair:

Even though spending two weeks on set for a show that you like might normally sound great, "The Office" cast was surprisingly tight-knit.

With its perfect environment for reminiscing, it's no surprise Johnson felt like an outsider at the finale.

However, since she spent so much time on-set, it's a shame that what could've been an exciting memory felt awkward instead.

The Office's two-part finale was well-received, but it packed a lot into an hour. It was inevitable given the show's large ensemble cast. 

Nearly every character's storyline was wrapped up, they were set on a new path, and a final interview was conducted.

While the dense plot and skillful editing made the finale feel as long as possible, the episodes inevitably covered a lot of ground since the show's end loomed.

As with a well-prepared sirloin, the excess was cut away.

While Dakota wasn't a waste of screen time, she did fit into a larger problem in the show's final two episodes: new characters who were only introduced at the end.

A worse offender? Rachael, Angela's sister who was mentioned earlier in the show but had allegedly fallen out with her.

In such a tightly packed episode, any time spent on Rachael could've been used to make more memories with the core cast - or give an absent Dunder Mifflin employee a satisfying ending.

Overall, "The Office" finale was impressive. The devotion to honoring characters came across as a love letter to the show's earlier seasons.

And the zany antics that Dunder Mifflin employees had to endure, so newer characters weren't really necessary.

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