In a June 2009 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Novak spoke about sharing the success of The Office with his Newton South High School classmate John Krasinski:"Sometimes when this feels too good to be true, I think that if this were all a dream, that would be what should have tipped me off.I'd wake up saying, "I was in this incredible TV show and it was a big hit and the star was John [Krasinski] from high school. " Novak has appeared in the films Unaccompanied Minors, Reign Over Me, The Internship, Knocked Up, The Smurfs, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.The two dated on and off while writing and acting on the show, sometimes mirroring the on-again, off-again nature of the relationship between their respective characters Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor.BJ Novak could best be known for his acting but has repeatedly proven to be a man of diverse talents.
He is a Jew and was raised alongside 2 younger siblings; brothers Jesse and Lev.
He is credited with writing fifteen episodes during the show's duration including the Writer's Guild of America nominated episodes "Diversity Day" and "Local Ad".
On July 21, 2010, news reports indicated Novak had signed a contract to remain with the show for its seventh and eighth seasons; under the new terms, he would be made an executive producer midway through Season 7 and direct two episodes of the show.
His father co-edited The Big Book of Jewish Humor, and has ghostwritten memoirs for Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca, Magic Johnson, and others; his parents also established a Jewish matchmaking service.
Novak graduated from Harvard University in 2001, where he was a member of the Harvard Lampoon and the Hasty Pudding Club.His brilliant work during the 9-season run of earned him much critical acclaim including two Screen Actors Guild Awards.