Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)

On Valentine’s Day, PopWatch asked an appropriate question of its readers: Which TV character would you like to date? Y’all voted, and the overwhelming winner was The Office‘s Jim Halpert (played by John Krasinski with winking charm). While the results weren’t that shocking — my money wasn’t exactly on Squiggy — I did wonder how Krasinski felt about this shiny accolade, so I called him up to ask. Okay, the call was actually about the return of The Office, which re-debuts on April 10, but here’s what he had to say about your Halpert hunger: “First of all, the reaction is, ‘No way!’ That’s sort of incredible. Wouldn’t you much rather date one of the hunky five-o’clock-shadow dudes on Lost or McDreamy? I mean, it’s literally in his name to date him, folks! I’m truly honored. [Your readers] overrode every single primal and emotional instinct to choose me, so I appreciate them doing that.” But were these just hollow words falling out of the K-Man’s mouth? Was he truly willing to follow through and court all PopWatchers? “It may be a virtual dating service that I start,” he responded, “but I understand my responsibilities — and I will carry them through.” And that is why we love John Krasinski/Jim Halpert.

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Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)
The Office

The mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles a group of typical office employees working 9-5 at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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