Talk show appearances are usually unilluminating segments that follow a banter-plug-anecdote format. They're meant to seem spontaneous, but they're not. Everything is planned in advance. So when something unexpected happens, it feels like it's breaking through the B.S. and we're watching something real. That's why this appearance by Splitting Up Together star Jenna Fischer on Jimmy Kimmel Live has our attention.
In the clip, Fischer comes out from backstage carrying a dress and wearing jeans and a towel wrapped around her torso. Jimmy Kimmel, confused, asks what happened.
"So this was my outfit for tonight," Fischer says, gesturing to the dress. "And I waited a little too long to get dressed, and then my zipper broke. And, um, I panicked." She sounds short of breath. This is not a joke. Things went wrong.
"You did the right thing!" Kimmel says encouragingly, to which Fischer explains, "You know, I am a Missouri girl, and the show must go on."
"I've never been more comfortable," Fischer adds, before explaining her mixed feelings. "I am mentally a little freaking out that I'm on a talk show in a towel, but I'm physically very comfortable."
After addressing her wardrobe malfunction, Fischer's interview turned into a normal talk show appearance, with The Office vet promoting her latest show (it's on ABC Tuesday nights at 9:30/8:30c and it's actually pretty good) and doing an impression of her co-star Oliver Hudson's mother Goldie Hawn in Overboard.
Jenna Fischer is a real person. Shoutout to her.
(Although there is a conspiracy-minded part of me that thinks maybe this is indeed a bit, since it's the kind of thing that would happen to her Splitting Up Together character Lena. But I don't want it to be, and I 90 percent think her towel situation was genuine.)