Steve Carell Had To Personally Approve Billie Eilish’s 'Office' Sample
The Dunder Mifflin crew have made it into musical history thanks to 17-year-old singer, Billie Eilish.
Debuting her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, brooding popstar Billie Eilish revealed that she's such a fan of The Office, that she even included a sample in her track titled "my strange addiction."
The hugely popular song weaves dialogue from the episode 'Threat Level Midnight,' in which the Office boss, Michael Scott, reveals his self-made secret agent film after years of referencing it within the series.
In a March interview with MTV News, Eilish explained, "When we made the beat for 'my strange addiction,' it reminded me of the song they play when they do the Scarn dance. I thought that was really funny, so we literally just ripped the audio from Netflix and put it in the song, not at all thinking that they would say yes to it and we'd be able to put it out. Also, it's about strange addictions, and 'The Office' is mine, so…"
However, in order to use the snippets, Eilish had to seek approval by the show's creators in order to avoid any legal snafus -- and it turns out, they were more than happy to give her clearance to use the sample.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Office star and writer B.J. Novak said that clearance required approval from the entire cast, and despite the several chains of command the request had to go through, everyone was unanimous in their consent.
"They had to get approval of all the cast that was on it," Novak explained, meaning Steve Carell, Mindy Kaling, John Krasinski and Novak had to sign off. "I was fine with it regardless," added Novak, "but I was like 'Wow, bonus: This is a banger.'"
The goth-pop queen has made no secret of her obsession for the iconic TV series, even saying that watching the series is "like therapy."
"When I wake up, I put on The Office. If I'm making a burrito, I turn on The Office," she told Elle.
"Every time I finish it, I start it immediately right after and start from the beginning again. I have, like, episodes memorised and stuff. It's my therapy, bro. It's like my little escape," she added in another interview.
"As stupid as that sounds, that show has gotten me through my whole life."