Full of humor and sarcasm, the NBC hit comedy “The Office” allows Anna to relax and just laugh – taking her away from the struggles of her life-threatening medical condition.
As a young child, Anna was diagnosed with hypoplasia, a condition affecting the development of her arms and legs keeping her wheelchair bound. While she deals with the challenges of her illness she is able to stay positive while focusing on her passions of all things film, theater and television related.
She asked Make-A-Wish volunteers to see the set of her favorite show “The Office” because she aspires for a career in the film industry.
“I knew visiting the set of The Office would be amazing and would help me learn for my future,” she says.
There, Anna finds herself standing at the front door of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company office – the setting for the show.
“It was really cool because The Office films in a real building, not a soundstage,” she says.
As Anna opens the door she is surprised to see B.J. Novak, who plays Ryan Howard on the show, standing right in the doorway. B.J. and Anna become fast friends – they still send each other letters today. But he is only the first of many cast members Anna meets.
Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), John Krasinski (Jim Halpert), Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly) and the rest of “The Office” gang greet Anna while she watches them rehearse two scenes. And of course she spends time with the “World’s Best Boss” Michael Scott – actor Steve Carell. The actors tell Anna about their day-to-day life filming and how they broke into show business providing encouragement for this wish kid’s future career.
“I was in shock, but they were all so down to earth and different from their characters in real life,” Anna says.
After meeting the stars, Anna learns the tricks of the trade from the show’s film editor, prop director and producer. They give her a signed copy of the episode’s script. She also receives a makeover from the show’s makeup artist. She then takes a full tour of the set and even sits in Michael Scott’s desk.
On her way back home, Anna looks to the day when she’ll return to Southern California for college.
Anna’s wish experience may just become a part of her Academy Award speech.