John Krasinski is "thrilled," to go back to work on The Office this week now that the writers' strike is finished.
"I can't wait," the actor told PEOPLE at Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Male Awards Monday. "We've all been away from each other for a really long time and you forget that it's not just like doing a show, but there really is a family atmosphere."
Krasinski did keep busy during the strike, starring with George Clooney in Leatherheads, and debuting his directing skills with Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. "Directing was a great experience but it's terrifying to have the responsibility of carving up the other actors' performances," says Krasinski, 28. "I don't want to do that ever again. I want to be the guy who watches."
Instead, he's looking forward to hanging out with costars Rainn Wilson and Brian Baumgartner since, he says, "Pretty much our entire social life is on the show." Adding: "Truly I'm friends with everybody there. But Rainn and Brian are probably the closest to me by default because they're in my trailer every day at lunch playing video games."
So will he miss having ex-girlfriend Rashida Jones on set? "She's got her new show Unhitched, so that's great," Krasinski says. "We'd been friends for so long. We dated before the show, and we've stayed friends, so to see her going on to all these other things, she's doing just fine without us." --Charlotte TriggsMichael Loccisano/FilmMagic