Follow Friday: Rainn Wilson

May 12 [Sun], 2013, 11:07
by Welcome to #FollowFriday, a new series on Yahoo! News where we talk to a noteworthy Twitter user whose tweets makes us laugh, smile, cry, delight us, inspire us and generally stir up a wide range of emotions. This week, we're talking to Rainn Wilson (), who plays embattled paper salesman/beet entrepreneur Dwight Schrute on NBC's The Office.


Wilsonthrough a regular mix of timely jokes, criticism of Hollywood culture, and gentle mockery of Justin Bieber. On Thursday night, minutes before the penultimate episode of The Office, I talked to Wilson over the phone on a range of subjects: about his opinions on Google Glass, advice for co-star John Krasinski and his fledgling Twitter account and how Elon Musk to promised to trade him a free Tesla in exchange for a bite of a chicken burger.Oh, and we also talked about the final episode of The Office, obviously, . FACT: You can read our interview with Rainn Wilson below. And if you aren't already: .  Why do you use Twitter now and why are you so active?

I think that Twitter has been useful because people, before Twitter, they just thought of me as Dwight. And they still pretty much think of me as Dwight, but they kinda get to know me as a person, as an actor. And thats been valuable.

But I also used Twitter to help launch , and you know frankly we couldnt have launched the website andwithout my Twitter following and my Twitter fans.

Why don't you talk a little bit about SoulPancake, and what you're trying to do with it?

It started as a website, as a social networking website for exploring lifes big questions, and it was a passion project of mine, and some friends. We started it as a website and it just kept growing. We did an app and a . And now the YouTube channel is whats really taken off and put us on the map. We have a mission to uplift and challenge our audiences with a blend of philosophy and spirituality and especially creativity.

I would love to see a mash-up between Glee & The Walking Dead where the cast of The Walking Dead eats the cast of Glee.

RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) Whats your opinion of tweeting out spoilers as a television show is happening live on the East Coast?

I try not to do that. I havent done very many live tweets at all and I dont want to ruin it for my West Coast peeps. Or my East Coast peeps.

Which of your Office castmates is your favorite Twitter follow?

Boy, thats a good question. My former ones -- Mindy [Kaling] and BJ [Novak] -- are just brilliant on Twitter. And they really know how to use social networking. [Editor's note: Followandhere].

and is only somewhat active. What Twitter advice would you give him if you could to up his Twitter game?

I think John is being John on Twitter and Im glad hes on it and using it as a force for good. Its like the Force -- you can use the Dark Side, or the Good Side. And I hope he uses it for good.

I would just say its consistency is one thing that Twitter fans have come to expect. They like regular tweets, and youve gotta tweet at least every day to kind and keep your presence known.

The bigger question in this whole Reese Witherspoon arrest is: SHE WAS DRIVING A FORD FUSION!?

RainnWilson (@rainnwilson)

Also they like to get to know more about you. You know, whether its photos or articles you like or what youre reading or what youre interested in. Fans of yours are choosing to follow you, they have to press a button to follow you and they can easily unfollow you. So they want to get to know you.

So, let's get to know more about you. What are you reading right now?

I am reading a book called about Haiti. Ive gone to Haiti a bunch of times and I like reading about it. Its about the kind of mess thats Haiti in after the earthquake. I find that interesting, and . I just find that world interesting, and the writers perspective interesting. I dont necessarily agree with all of it. Its just good to get different points of view.

What do you think about Google Glass? Have you had a chance to try it? Are you interested in trying it?

I dont understand how it works or what it is, so I would need to give it a test drive. But it doesnt make any sense to me at all.

You were almost Gob on Arrested Development, . Can you ever see doing a show that premieres on Netflix?

Absolutely! I think thats the future. I think that the TV landscape is going to look completely different in five or ten years. Youre just going to have various screens. And youre going to have various ways of getting content on those screens. Some of which you pay for -- you pay for the movie or the show -- and some of which you have a monhtly subscription, some of which you have to sit through some commercials.

Waitress: 'Do u have any questions about the menu?'Me: 'What kind of font is this?'

RainnWilson (@rainnwilson)

Its kind of like that now. Your TV screen and your phone will get various content providers and I think Netflix is quickly rising to the top of all of those.

You follow Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX on Twitter. Can you see ever taking a ride to Mars? [].

I could never go into outer space. Im far too terrified. Im scared when theres turbulence landing in Burbank. So Im not a space guy.

What about the Tesla? Are you a fan of his cars?

I love the Tesla! Yeah its beautiful. He said in his interview I did with him on SoulPancake that if I gave him a bite of my chicken burger, that he would give me a Tesla but that never happened.

So we can call him out right now.

Absolutely. I demand my Tesla.
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