Jim O’Heir | GigSalad Greenroom Interviews

By Destin Harrison

You know those days when nothing seems to be going your way? You feel like nobody respects you, like you just can’t seem to do anything right, your outfit is definitely not on point, and to top it all off, you accidentally strapped yourself to your chair with your belt….again.

As rough as things may seem some days, you probably don’t have it as bad as Jerry…or is it Larry?…Garry?…maybe Terry? In fact, if your friends and coworkers actually know what your first name is, you’re already one step ahead of Jer—um… Jim O’Heir’s character from Parks and Recreation.


Actor Jim O'Heir on the GigSalad Greenroom Interviews


Perhaps Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, summarized Jerry/Larry/Garry/Terry best when she said, “Jerry’s face is the symbol of failure.”

Jim O’Heir, on the other hand, is quite opposite. Jim has a successful career in acting, a healthy sense of self-esteem, and a rather edgy sense of humor. During our interview, Jim told us about his time on Parks and Rec, as well as a few real-life Jerry moments, and gave us the scoop on his upcoming film, Middle Man, in which Jim plays the lead role.

Show Highlights:

  • What Jim’s new film, Middle Man, is really like—it’s probably not what you’re expecting (1:00)
  • What Jim thinks about his character, Jerry, and the similarities he sees in himself (4:59)
  • How close we came to a world without Ron Swanson as we know him (7:03)
  • How Jerry almost became the villain on Parks and Recreation (10:48)
  • What joke ultimately led to Jerry’s social demise (12:04)
  • The secret to successfully lighting your arm on fire, according to Jim (13:30)
  • That time when Jim impaled himself with a pitchfork (15:48)
  • How Rob Lowe became the most difficult person to work with on the set of Parks and Recreation (16:21)
  • What Jim said at a party in a painfully awkward moment of Jerry-ishness (17:45)


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