Why Dakota Johnson Calls Guest Starring on The Office "The Worst"

Dakota Johnson looked back on her cameo in The Office, saying that she had "the worst time" filming the comedy series: "No one wanted to talk to me."

By Gabrielle Chung Feb 09, 2024 12:17 AMTags
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Dakota Johnson is fifty shades of unimpressed with her cameo on The Office.

Back in 2013, the Madame Web actress guest starred on the NBC series finale, playing an accountant named Dakota who replaces Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) at Dunder Mifflin. Though Dakota was a huge fan of the show at the time, she did not enjoy the filming experience one bit.

"That was honestly the worst time of my life," she shared during her Feb. 8 appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers. "They were like, 'Do you want to be in the series finale?' And I was like, 'Of course,' thinking that I'd show up for like half a day. I was there for two weeks. And I'm barely in the f--king show." 

Moreover, the 34-year-old felt there were "weird dynamics that had been going on for the last 10 years" on set.

"Some people didn't speak to each other," Dakota continued. "No one wanted to talk to me. No one gave a f--k."

Comforting Episodes of The Office

Originally starring Steve Carrell, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, The Office ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. Steve left the series in 2011, but returned in final episode for the wedding of Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey).

Other celebs who made appearances in the finale included Rachael Harris, Joan CusackEd Begley Jr. and—yes—even Seth Meyers himself.


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"Look, it's the f--king Office's fault," Seth told Dakota after hearing about her set experience. "It's not your fault."

And the Fifty Shades of Grey alum agreed. As Dakota quipped back, "It's their fault."

But this wasn't the first time she got candid on a talk show. Keep reading for some of Dakota's most realest moments and OMG confessions.

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Queen of Truth

In perhaps one of her most infamous TV moments, Dakota Johnson called out Ellen DeGeneres for not attending her 30th birthday party.  

After the comedian joked on a 2019 episode of her eponymous talk show that she "wasn't invited," Dakota dryly retorted, "Actually, no—that's not the truth, Ellen."

The actress proceeded to point out that Ellen gave her "a bunch of s--t" the last time she was on the show about not being invited, so Dakota made sure she was included on the guest list this time around.

"I didn't even know you liked me," Dakota told Ellen. "I did invite you, but you didn't come."


Viral Fame

When asked about the viral Ellen interview four years later, Dakota simply told L'Officiel, "It will haunt me."

Fifty Shades of Candid

Dakota got very candid about her experience filming the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise years after its final movie, revealing that author E.L. James "had a lot of creative control" and "demanded that certain things happen."

"There were parts of the books that just wouldn't work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was at times incredibly cheesy," she told Vanity Fair in 2022, explaining how the writer often clashed with the studio and the director. "It was like mayhem all the time."

In fact, Dakota believes no one would've signed onto the project if they "had known at the time that's what it was going to be like."

As she noted, "It would've been like, 'Oh, this is psychotic.'"

E.L. has not publicly responded to Dakota's comments.

Lime Lie

Who knew an innocent comment about limes would go viral? But that was what happened to Dakota after her 2020 house tour with Architectural Digest, during which she pointed to a bowl of limes in her kitchen and raved, "I love limes. I love them so much. They're great, and I like to present them like this in my house."

However, Dakota later admitted that it was all "set dressing."

"I'm actually allergic to limes," she confessed during a 2021 appearance on The Tonight Show. "So, I lied."

Caught in a Web of Memes

When the first trailer of Madame Web dropped in November 2023, the internet became fascinated with Dakota's monotonous delivery of the line: "He was in the Amazon with my mom when she was researching spiders right before she died."

Though the phrase quickly became a meme across the web, it failed to ensnare Dakota's attention—subsequently leading to another meme-able moment when she later expressed her confusion over its popularity.

"Why did that go viral?" she stoically asked an interviewer who mentioned the meme. "I have no idea what that's about."

Dakota added of her viral line, "That seems like a basic storyline to me."

Nope on the Nepo Baby Debate

Dakota—who is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnsondidn't hold back her thoughts on Hollywood's nepo baby debate, when she told Today in a February 2024 interview, "When that first started, I found it to be incredibly annoying and boring." 

A Hairy Confession

While speaking to Andrew Garfield about how they often cross paths at Hollywood events, Dakota admitted to taking out her hair extensions and giving them to fellow partygoers. 

"At those parties, I’d probably get a little drunk and then just take them out," she shared in a Vanity Fair sit-down, "and put them in men’s jacket pockets because they’re so annoying and I’d just find a place to put them."

Sleep On It

Above all else, Dakota (understandably) puts sleep as "my number one priority in life."

"I'm not functional if I get less than 10," she told WSJ. Magazine in December 2023. "I can easily go 14 hours."

Mind the Gap

"How much stuff can Dakota Johnson fit in her gap teeth?" Well, a lot—as she candidly demonstrated in a 2017 video of the same name.

Among the objects included a toothpick, a credit card and $1100 in cash.

"That's my only skill," she quipped in the clip, adding, "Dad, are you watching this?"

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