Janine Poreba is a Harvard graduate and a teacher of English at Santa Monica College, better known as the longtime partner and wife of The office actor, Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson). Janine’s partner, Paul was also the writer and executive producer of the NBC sitcom, in addition to being a co-showrunner on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO political drama series, Editors.
Poreba and Lieberstein have been together since the late 2000s and are now also parents to a daughter. Just as Lieberstein’s life is up for debate, his wife’s biography is also a difficult proposition. And it’s been like that ever since she started dating Paul.
However, there have been few details about her anyway. Well, there have been a lot of questions about Janine Poreba, including her relationship with Lieberstein, her reported appearance on The office, and more. So let’s try to check all the boxes here.
Both Janine Poreba’s parents were academically adept
Janine comes from a family of academics and educators. Janine Serafin Poreba, born around the year 1973, is the daughter of Elizabeth Poreba and John Poreba.
Janine’s father taught physics at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York in the late 2000s. Her mother was also reportedly a teacher at Bard High School Early College, New York. While it’s unclear whether Lieberstein’s wife, Janine’s parents still hold their aforementioned jobs.
Poreba is originally from Manhattan
Janine was apparently born and raised in the Lower East of Manhattan. However, later Poreba moved to Los Angeles. As mentioned, Janine is also an alumnus of Harvard where she graduated magna cum laude.
The wife of the Mindy project director also did her master’s degree at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
Janine Poreba married her husband Paul Lieberstein in 2008
Poreba and the newsroom director, Lieberstein married on Saturday 17 July 2008. The evening wedding had the Rev. Dr. James G Speer, a Presbyterian minister as their civil servant, and Battery Gardens, a New York restaurant as their location. A few days after the wedding, The New York Times reported that Poreba would keep her name.
Poreba’s mother-in-law is a clinical psychologist, while her father-in-law is a partner at the St. Onge, Steward, Johnston and Reens law firm in Stamford. There, Lieberstein’s father apparently specializes in intellectual property law.
Meanwhile, Janine is the second wife of the writer/director Lieberstein. She and the West Hartford native apparently started dating in 2007. As such, Lieberstein once revealed that it was the year he had just started dating the Hamilton College graduate.
They are now also parents to a daughter.
Poreba Career as a language instructor
Since the point she came to the public eye, Poreba has been defined as an instructor of English as a second language at several institutions.
During her marriage to Lieberstein, Janine was a mentor at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California. According to some sources, the mother of Lieberstein’s daughter still clings to her aforementioned profession.
Did Janine Poreba show up at the office?
Janine was on her husband’s career-defining show, The office indeed. In the Emmy-winning NBC series, Poreba appeared as Amy at Phyllis’ wedding in the 15th episode of the US show’s third season.
Janine played Lieberstein’s character Toby’s ex-girlfriend on the show. On the show, she sits next to him and Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) at Phyllis’ wedding to Bob Vance. In the first episode of Janine, Kevin becomes very skeptical about how Toby landed such an attractive lady like Amy.
In the episode, Toby reveals that he met Amy at the gym. Jeanine’s second appearance in the office comes in the show’s 4th season episode, “Dunder Mifflin Infinity.” This time she reprises her role of Amy taking Toby into the office to meet everyone.
The on and off screen pair even makes a little for everyone. Although the show has apparently removed the Toby and Amy make-out scene.
In fact, Janine was just Lieberstein’s girlfriend when she appeared on the show.
The show supposedly named another character after Poreba
Another Easter egg related to Janine is that the show took inspiration from her name to label one of their other cameo faces, Isabel Poreba (Kelen Coleman), Pam’s cousin and Dwight’s future lover. Isabel and Dwight meet at the wedding of Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jena Fischer).
Although the connection between Isabel and Janine is their last name, which was spotted by a random Redditor in February 2022. Although not officially confirmed, the user claimed that the show named Isabel’s character after the real name of Lieberstein’s wife.
Not to mention that the series occasionally has a habit of dropping the names of the actors’ husbands and their children or even bringing them in front of the camera at times.
Janine Poreba helped her husband with back pain and then made a movie
Janine somewhat helped her husband get rid of his lifelong back pain and in turn also inspired him to make a film about his experience. It was Paul’s 2018 comedy film, Song of back and neck. When asked about the film and how he got the idea to make it, the 55-year-old actor shared: The Observer,
“I had this terrible back pain for over 20 years, and I saw everyone and did everything about it.”
Paul added that it was his wife, Janine, who then gave him a book to read, after which the situational comedian said his back pain was gone.
Lieberstein explained that his pain was more of a psychological than a real health problem. He said the pain was mostly bothering him because of his past problems. The togetherness actor claimed it was a mind-body connection. As for the movie, Song of back and neckPaul said the film focused on suppressed anger that the book was about.
While her husband, Lieberstein, started his own journey on Instagram, Janine has yet to be seen on such hangouts.
To say more, Poreba hasn’t been on social media that much; in fact, the now 49-year-old is virtually a nobody in this field. Furthermore, even her husband seems to respect her privacy as he hasn’t seen his wife yet, while Poreba considers all his candor with his behind-the-scenes acts on his Instagram.
Janine Poreba Other Facts
- Janine Poreba’s maternal grandfather was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps. He later owned a plumbing business in Manchester, New Hampshire.
- Poreba has also made a cameo appearance in another NBC series, Law and order in an episode titled whiplash (2001).