Actor Rainn Wilson spoke to hundreds of students Friday night at the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom. (Sam Bruton)

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Rainn Wilson, known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC comedy series “The Office,” talked to TCU students about his path to finding purpose..

Hundreds of students filled the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom the event hosted by theEnd.

Students were anxious to see Wilson as they waited in a line that wrapped around 3 flights of stairs and out the door.

“I’m most excited to see THE Dwight Schrute and for him to impart his wisdom on the TCU community,” freshman pre-business major Tad Dawson said.

The Emmy-nominated actor began his performance with some jokes but told the audience he wanted to have a serious conversation about his project SoulPancake.

Wilson recounted his childhood and his personal journey.

“I had a strange Bohemian upbringing,” Wilson said. “My mom and dad were, kind of, hippies and we were always talking about life’s big questions.”

Wilson said the most turbulent time in his life came when he went to college at NYU. He said he explored his love for acting while at the university, but lost his faith and found himself unhappy.

Throughout college Wilson said he experienced highs and lows, but eventually found sense and clarity through his religion.

While practicing his religion the comedian said he found a purpose and created SoulPancake.

Wilson said he created a website and YouTube channel to explore life’s big questions, celebrate humanity, and champion creativity.

“SoulPancake is the accumulation and reflection of my life’s journey,” Wilson said. “Here people gather to become inspired.”

Wilson closed the night by saying, “It’s been an extraordinary journey and I wish you all an extraordinary journey as well.”