A Little Help is a poignant dramedy that examines a period of upheaval for dental hygienist Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer). Having previously relied on her good looks and effortless charisma, Laura’s life is collapsing. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke (Chris O’Donnell) has become tense and loveless, with working late hours and suspicions of cheating, and her relationship with her 12-year-old son Dennis (Daniel Yelsky) has become strained. So, when her husband dies suddenly, Laura is left to fend for herself with her intrusive mother (Lesley Ann Warren) and sister (Brooke Smith), and she struggles to stay afloat while connecting to the one person she can communicate with – her sister’s sensitive and understanding husband, Paul (Rob Benedict).
At the film’s press day, actress Jenna Fischer talked about how scary it was to do a film where she was the lead actress, playing the mother of a teenaged son, how she used her own life experiences, having just gone through a divorce, in finding the emotions of this character, and how, now that she’s pregnant with her own child, she hopes to get to play a mother again. She also talked about the addition of James Spader to The Office, how she’ll miss sharing stories of their summer with Steve Carell, that she knows who the new office manager will be (and is keeping the secret!), and how her pregnancy is being written into the show. Check out what she had to say after the jump: