Lucy Davis, who played Dawn on the original incantation of The Office, recently told The Huffington Post that she once unknowingly went on an audition to play herself.
Amidst a sea of Dawn lookalikes, someone finally confided that they’d been told to “come as Dawn from The Office…it was a bit embarrassing, really. And nope, I didn’t get it,” she laughs.
The Office, which ran from 2001-2003, starred Davis as the exceedingly patient secretary Dawn working under boss David Brent played by Ricky Gervais. The popularity of the UK and U.S. version of the show has spawned versions in other countries including France, Germany, and Israel.
Says Davis of her stint on The Office, “I’m very proud of it, and love it that people associate me with something so good, but it just feels like such a long time ago.”
In the decade since the show, she has appeared in episodes of Black Books, The Mentalist, Ugly Betty, and Californication. She also appeared in Shaun of the Dead, of which she feels compares a bit to her latest movie role because “it’s got that quirky thing going on.”
Davis appears in the American film Some Guy Who Kills People alongside Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, and Kevin Corrigan. The film, categorized as a “serial killer comedy,” tells the story of a small-town loner who seeks vengeance on those he blames for his pitiful existence. Davis plays the loner’s girlfriend. About the comedic nature of such a potentially dark-themed film, Davis hints that, “There’s lots of strange stuff going on, with people keeping their faces very, very straight. It was great to be part of it.”
Some Guy Who Kills People has already debuted at horror festivals to critical acclaim and is set to premiere in limited theatres nationwide starting October 18th.