Rainn Wilson returns to Seattle

Oct 23, 2010, 10:09 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:51 pm

rainnwilsonRainn Wilson, one of the breakout stars of the hit TV show The Office, returns home to Seattle for a benefit concert this weekend.

“I was born under your radio antenna. My mom gave birth under the KIRO antenna.

That’s Rainn Wilson, joking about his early days in Seattle. He grew up on a houseboat not too far away from our KIRO radio station. He said he still visits the area pretty regularly for fundraisers and to support the Mona Foundation. His mother lives in West Seattle.

“I’m really psyched to go to the Seahawks game on Sunday, I’m a really big Seahawks fan,” Wilson said. He added, “I still cry after the Seahawks games.”

The man who plays Dwight Schrute recently offered, on Twitter, to coach the team.

Wilson is especially busy these days because he’s been directing episodes of The Office, in addition to starring in them.

“I just finished directing a double episode of The Office, the big Christmas episode called Classy Chrristmas. Michael decides to throw the classiest Christmas party ever.”

Wilson is justifiably proud of The Office.

“The best Office episodes have a mix of heart and absurdity. And I like to really highlight those things. I like to, when it’s silly, make it as silly and as fun as possible and then to really mind the heartbreak underneath the characters.”

The Shorecrest high school grad hosted a benefit performance at the Paramount Theatre Saturday night.

“There’s a local Seattle charity that’s based out of Kirkland. They do their work all over the world. It’s mostly education, especially for women and girls. They find the great grassroots educational initiatives and then they provide the economic support for them,” he explained of the Mona Foundation.

Wilson also has a book out next week called Soul Pancake, based on his website that deals with issues of creativity and spirituality.

And finally, I had to ask how he got that distinctIve first name, R-A-I-N-N?

“My parents were like Bohemian living in the late 1960’s and my dad wanted to name me Rainier after the poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. And then everyone thought “Oh everyone will think it’s after Mount Rainier” and then my mom wanted to name Thucydides. No joke, no joke, it’s pathetic actually. and then finally they went with Rain, but then Rain was too hippy-ish for them so they arted it up with an extra N.”

Tom Tangney on KIRO Radio

Tom Tangney

Belfast...
Tom Tangney

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ is a crowd-pleaser that doesn’t quite hit the mark

"Belfast" has plenty to recommend itself but it's not nearly the moving testament to fraught times that Kenneth Branagh thinks it is or wants it to be.
18 days ago
Eternals, Marvel...
Tom Tangney

‘Eternals’ has to do a lot of heavy lifting for a single film

Imagine the daunting task Marvel sets for itself in "Eternals." It has to introduce 10 new superheroes, not to mention an entirely new cosmology.
24 days ago
French Dispatch...
Tom Tangney

‘The French Dispatch’ is unmistakably Andersonian

Wes Anderson is an acquired taste. But luckily, after 10 full-length movies, most critics and many movie-goers have acquired it.
1 month ago
Dune...
Tom Tangney

All set-up and no payoff: ‘Dune’ is world’s longest and most expensive trailer

It's hard to find the right metaphor for the new "Dune" movie. Whatever comparison you choose, it must reflect a sense of incompletion.
1 month ago
Last Duel...
Tom Tangney

Poor Marguerite’s story saves ‘The Last Duel’

Tom Tangney says, ultimately, The Last Duel is a proto-feminist take on the Middle Ages with Marguerite's take that brings the film into focus.
2 months ago
James Bond...
Tom Tangney

Daniel Craig’s final James Bond movie comes full-circle

The 25th installment in the James Bond movie franchise may be titled "No Time to Die," but "Too Much Time to Die" may be more fitting.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
...

Delayed-Onset PTSD: Signs and Symptoms

Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers SPONSORED — You’re probably familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. Often abbreviated as PTSD, this condition is diagnosed when a person experiences a set of symptoms for at least a month after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these issues take longer to develop. This results in a diagnosis of delayed-onset PTSD […]
...

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Free unbiased help is here!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
...

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
...
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
...
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.