John Krasinski on what wife Emily Blunt thinks of his new body: ‘She hates it’


John Krasinski has a new movie coming out, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, about the Annex Security Team members who defended the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (The film also stars Mr. Toby Stephens *swoon*) John got a new body for the role, working out twice a day with trainer Jason Walsh, the same guy who got BCoop into shape for his Beige Booty Shorts. John told Colbert, “It’s real work, too. I thought it would be like, ‘Yeah, let’s eat a couple Power Bars and do push-ups.’ And he was like, ‘No. It’s going to be a living hell for six to eight weeks.’” Of course he gets asked about his new physique everywhere and a picture is brought out to emphasize the difference between Jim Halpert from The Office and Jack Silva from 13 Hours. Whereas many people are happy to gaze upon his lean muscular frame and rock solid abs for hours at a time, not everyone in John’s life is so thrilled, as John explained on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Krasinski, 36, recently underwent a complete body transformation in order to get himself in shape to play a Navy SEAL in his upcoming movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The actor shed 21 percent of his total body fat over the course of four months – and now has the washboard abs to show for it.

But when the actor appeared on The Late Show on Tuesday night, he said his wife, Blunt, “hates” his new look.

“She hates it,” Krasinski joked. “She would way prefer to have doughy guy back.”

“Doughy is a strong word,” host Stephen Colbert said in the actor’s defense.

“No, like sweet-face,” Krasinski clarified.

[From People]

I feel like we have heard this before. Deb Furness claims to like Hugh Jackman’s chubbier frame (is there a chubby version of Hugh Jackman?) although Deb she says it’s because it makes her look better. Chris Pratt says Anna Faris agrees. Is this true? I realize everyone fancies different body types and I’m not trying to second-guess a person’s preferences but why is it that whenever a man becomes ripped he claims his wife wants the “doughier” version? Is this why we have ‘Dad Bod’?

I have always found John attractive; I have a real thing for the tall, lanky type. He is one of the few that I think looks hot in a beard (must be something about Boston men?) But I’m not going to lie – I love his new body. I wouldn’t hold anything against him if he didn’t want to maintain these standards but if he did, I would hold something against him – me. I could eat breakfast off that stomach.

He is not the Jim Halpert we know and love anymore @simonpitt1 #theoffice #jim #johnkrasinski #hench

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John Krasinski during an appearance on CBS's 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.'

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  1. Maum says:

    I like him as Jim Halpert.

    It’s weird to see him with that body. Kinda of doesn’t go with the face.

    • als says:

      That was my thought too.
      I think I get the wives’ opinion, a new body also comes with a new lifestyle. I think the husbands would feel the same if their wives umderwent severe transformation, maybe they would be more frightened.

      • Lisa says:

        Husbands always start to work out when they got their eye on someone else, that’s why! Hope the Chris Pratt style transformation works out for him, John is ok.

      • paleokifaru says:

        I think that’s it @als. I’ve been around plenty of men who are super into fitness and it’s pretty all consuming. My husband and I are healthy and live an active lifestyle but if he analyzed every calorie going into his body and constantly worked out…would we be spending any quality time together?

      • Susan says:

        Agreed. I once went on a date w a guy of that look (not THAT hot but you know what I mean) and he was counting carbs and commenting on the menu and my “carb heavy choices” and I was just like NO THANKS.

      • Josefina says:

        I’ve never been attracted to super fit muscular men for that reason. I get exhausted just by looking at those muscles.

      • Anne tommy says:

        I love Chris Pratt, buff or not so buff, but somehow Krasinski just doesn’t have the same effect….

    • Shambles says:

      I’m in love with Jim Halpert the Character, and I’m okay with this. Really, truly, salivatingly okay with this.

    • lucy2 says:

      He looks amazing, but it is weird. Jim Halpert would never do that!

    • Birdix says:

      For me it’s the beard (on the magazine cover) that doesn’t go with the face. That’s exactly the beard opera singers wear when they are singing the role of the devil. Weird on Jim Halpert’s face.

  2. Rosalee says:

    Holy crumb’s not my type but the optics are fabulous. I haven’t watched The Office but enjoyed his role in “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.

  3. Pinky says:

    Don’t like it. Looks more feminine, what with his pronounced waistline and all. Ripped ain’t for everyone.

  4. Sixer says:

    I don’t know about doughy, but I’m not big on muscle-bound men. I like ’em rangy. With LEGS.

    But that’s the world of online lusting, which matters not a jot in the Real World. As for Mr Sixer: he can weigh what he likes. I don’t care. So long as he is healthy.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      What does rangy mean? I’m not a native speaker.
      I don’t like buff guys either. Pretty much all the men I liked were either very skinny or on the chubbier side. Of course if you like the guy it doesn’t really matter, but estetically, I don’t find abs and buldging biceps attractive.
      And usually guys that get really buff are the ones whose frame can’t take it – really short, or really lanky etc. so it looks off.

    • lilacflowers says:

      I like tall, rangy, lean, LEGS. Of course, boyfriend is none of that. Well, he is lean. He runs, skis, swims and is in good shape. But not rangy. And short. Alas. But there is always online lusting.

    • mp says:

      Oh Sixer, that is so sweet! I feel the same way about Mr. mp. It is such a blessing to have health.

  5. Emma - The JP Lover says:

    I love John Krasinski and I think his wife (Emily Blunt) is one of the most beautiful women in the world. 🙂

    I’m wondering though why ‘his’ abs (see the awesome picture above) aren’t under suspect of being the result of ‘makeup’ like nearly everyone assumed Matt Damon had done in his shirtless picture on the new “Bourne” set. I was confused by that assumption because we all should know by now that Matt has no problem religiously adhering to a rigorous training program for his films (those were the same abs he developed for the first three “Bourne” films, “Invictus,” and “Elysium”).

    • BendyWindy says:

      Funny, I was just thinking that they went overboard airbrushing his abs on. To me it is obvious and also a little infuriating. Like, damn I killed myself eating dandelion weeds and gruel for four months and you still have to “enhance” me???? Ha.

    • Algernon says:

      There’s undoubtedly makeup on Office Jim’s abs, because you put makeup on every exposed inch of skin appearing on camera, but you can also see rigid muscle definition. He’s actually got the muscles to highlight. With Matt Damon, there’s no rigid muscle definition, so they’re contouring the eff out of his abdomen to give the appearance of visible muscle. Matt Damon is also in his forties, though, when it’s harder for men to have that kind of visible definition, so no shame. Contouring or not, he looks crazy hot in the new Bourne photos.

  6. t.fanty says:

    Could you imagine a woman in an interview sayinf that her man prefers her with a wobbly bum and squishy tummy. Nobody would believe her.

    Two things: one, I keep seeing the ads for Benghazi, and wondering who the guy in the poster is. I never put it together that it was John Kransinski. And two: Toby Stephens! *thud*

    • Sixer says:

      Boo! Happy New Year, darling. You know dear Toby is about to play Tony Blair, dontcha? Something about the Troubles. Timothy Spall is going to play Ian Paisley!

      BTW: I remember Ian Wright the footballer going on Jonathan Ross to promote his new dieting show and, when asked, saying his ideal woman was Dawn French. Cue tabloid hilarity for days.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I did not know that! Is it on TV? Did you see And Then There Were None over the hols? I have such deep affection for that book (original title notwithstanding). He’s in the Michael Bay Pirates show over here, which is appallingly bad, but I watch it every week, just for him and his little ginger moustache.

      • Sixer says:

        I don’t know how we’ll get to see it. It’s called The Journey and it also has Colm Meaney and John Hurt. I expect I’ll have to wait for a DVD release. Meh.

        And Then There Were None: um… everyone seemed to love it and it was beautifully acted and shot. But there were a gazillion anachronisms and they really sexed/gored it up, so all the guilty secrets were lurid crimes of the true crime TV show variety. So it wasn’t in the least bit subtle about justice. If you love the book, I predict you will be crotchety about it while appreciating some lovely acting (party scene) and the Tobester.

        Black Sails? I watched that for Toby, too! It was dreadful but fun.

      • Keanu is My Hall Pass says:

        So happy to see some love for Toby on this site. I have a bottle of rum at the ready for the new season of Black Sails!

  7. BendyWindy says:

    It takes a lot of dedication to achieve a body like that as far as diet and workout regimen. I can see a woman preferring not to have to worry about what new thing is no longer on the table for dinner or not being able to cuddle up with a movie because spouse has to hit his second workout today. Plus, personally, I just don’t like muscle bound body types. I prefer a more natural, uses body for physical activity but doesn’t train for training’s sake look.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yes, I agree. My husband is tall and slender with broad shoulders and long legs. I think he’s “elegant” looking, like Cary Grant. Not too muscled up. Hmm, think I’ll go kiss my husband. Oh, but first, once he did South Beach because of a tiny tummy and I hated the no pasta rule. If I’m in a big hurry, that’s such an easy thing to throw together and it was completely on my nerves that I couldn’t make it for about a year. Much rather have the tummy.

    • Algernon says:

      Yes, iirc, Anna Faris’s thing about Chris Pratt’s superhero body wasn’t so much about his physical appearance as the restrictions that came with his new diet. Apparently they’re big into cooking and she’s not able to make a lot of the things she used to because he can’t eat bread anymore.

      • lucy2 says:

        I could see that. Plus a lot of times when people go on a fitness/diet/bodybuilding kick like that, it’s ALL they talk or think about, which I’d bet could get really annoying for their spouse.

      • Carol says:

        Chris actually confirmed that in one interview I saw. When asked which version she liked best, he smiled and said, “Well, she’s a feeder so . . .”

  8. Esther says:

    the cover picture looks unnatural. Emily is probably just insecure just like Anna.

  9. Alex says:

    I love the tall, rangy, sorta skinny guys too. Can’t stand the bulging muscles or washboard stomach. Total runoff, lol. Oh, and I love them funny like John.

    • Farhi says:

      Yep, me too. Personality should match the look.
      Guys who spend 2 hours in the gym every day are just not my type.
      What for? Is it vanity or what is it, I don’t get it.
      30 min is enough but you won’t get the biceps and washboard stomach from it.
      I only understand it if it is for a job.

  10. Snowflake says:

    Wow, he looks hot! Yum, yum! I like him better this way. Also I work out, would love bit if my hubby did

  11. sketches says:

    Maybe what all these wives are saying is that they love their guys (and their bodies) regardless of any insane workout plans that are difficult to maintain in the long term. Maybe women are just awesome that way?

    • anon33 says:


    • mp says:

      Yes! This is why I love Naomi Wolf:

      “A man is unlikely to be brought within earshot of women as they judge men’s appearance, height, muscle tone, sexual technique, size of his sexual organ, personal grooming, or taste in clothes–all of which we do. The fact is that women are able to view men just as men view women, as objects for sexual and aesthetic evaluation; we too are effortlessly able to choose the male “ideal” from a lineup and if we could have male beauty as well as everything else, most of us would not say no. But so what? Given all that, women make the choice, by and large, to take men as human beings first.”

    • tealily says:

      And *maybe* they enjoy spending time who doesn’t spend most of their free time in the gym and eat restrictively at meal time.

  12. mom2two says:

    I thought John was gorgeous, pre-new body (and he certainly was not overweight then, but just not built like that) and he’s gorgeous now.

    I am guessing the reactions from Emily, Anna, etc. regarding their husbands new bodies (if you will) is that I loved you then and I love you now. I don’t know…if my husband got ripped like that, I think my response would be I love you no matter how you look…I loved you before you got in shape and I love you now.

    I’d love to see John’s movie career go somewhere. He seems like a real likable guy and I think he’s a pretty good actor.
    ETA: Sorry Sketches, we were posting at the same time!

    • Esmom says:

      “I don’t know…if my husband got ripped like that, I think my response would be I love you no matter how you look…I loved you before you got in shape and I love you now.”

      THIS. I think if you truly love someone, it really doesn’t matter if their size of shape changes, does it? Unless of course they develop habits that negative affect their health. It’s kind of a weird question to ask a spouse, which body they prefer.

      • Farhi says:

        It is kind of like with the clothes. You like the person regardless but you still can tell which clothes look better on that person ( and not everyone will have the same opinion).

  13. Edie says:

    Every time I see a picture of him in this role, I ask myself, “How did Jim Halpert end-up in Benghazi? Is this some kind of dystopian episode of The Office?”

  14. Farhi says:

    I understand where she is coming from. His face doesn’t work with this pumped up body. He doesn’t need to be chubby, slim is fine but he doesn’t need to look like a brick wall.
    I don’t liked pumped up guys myself. To me even Chris Hemsworth looks better when he has less muscle. I like a more refined look. I am not on board with Hollywood making all the male actors bulk up. More natural look is better unless you are Arnold playing Conan the Barbarian.

  15. Lucy says:

    He went from cute to HOT. I certainly don’t dislike it.

  16. Coconut says:

    All the men I’ve been with heretofore were skinny or slightly doughy…and then I met my current man and the first year with him I could not believe what a hunk I was with. Lol. He is rangy/long-limbed, seemingly taller than his 6 feet. *And* he he works out daily and has shapely biceps and chest. He would like to have washboard abs but they haven’t appeared yet. What he does have is great with me!

  17. Tiny Martian says:

    As much as I would secretly love for my husband to have a body like this, I don’t think I could put up living with someone who had to watch every bite they were eating , who spent large amounts of time every day working out, and who was constantly obsessed with their weight or the cut of their abs. It takes a big commitment to develop this kind of physique, and I’d rather be with someone who makes his family his top priority. And lucky me, I have just that!

    • QQ says:

      And THERE IT IS Tiny, I Think that is what these ladies don’t enjoy about having the hard Body Version of their hubbies at home, That takes a LOT of Bland food/calorie Counting/ crankiness and Time away doing Two a Days

    • tealily says:

      Exactly this.

    • mp says:

      I was coming here to make this my EXACT comment! Body building is CRAY, you have to give up everything for it. I saw my friend help her husband do it for a while and she had to make separate meals for the dieter/bodybuilding person than the kids. Her husband would have this meticulous list of things he could eat, and he would be off his rocker because she bought 2% fat milk instead of 1%…then she started to feel weird when he was eating teeny portions of food, smaller than her. I honestly don’t know how she did it (and…they are now divorcing).

  18. Tig says:

    +++10000! I get the insane dedication required to build that body for a movie role, and that hours and hours you will never get back, and he has a little girl growing up. Pls- certainly not suggesting blowing out exercise-but for normal folks, hours and hours in a gym/treadmill is that amt of time away from family and friends.

    Saw Lip Synch rereun last night with him and Anna K recently- nothing wrong with his bod then!! I love men lean and lanky too!

  19. Algernon says:

    As a woman who curls up with a muscle-bound jock at night…I wouldn’t mind if my guy let some of the muscle go. There are just no soft spots on him, so it’s a little like cuddling with a boulder.

  20. Narak says:

    Emily Blunt has gotten into that type of uber shape for a couple of films so she knows how much real effort goes into getting that body and maybe feels that abs are over-rated.

  21. Another Anna says:

    See, normally this would be exactly the look I like. I love big, strong-looking guys. I have like a very specific hot-nerd look that I love. Not overly muscled, but strong with a little teeny bit extra and with a not-so-secret geek streak. I saw John in It’s Complicated and I thought he was super hot. But there’s something about the hyper-muscle-y look combined with a beard that just makes him look hard to me. And not like hard bodied, but like he’s lived hard. It’s very weird. But either way he looks, he’s still handsome. Lucky Emily.

  22. Lou says:

    Meh he looks great but not a big fan of abs either. I like a guy to keep fit but i’m not gonna dump him if he gets a little chubby! They are great to cuddle!! And really, when they are training that hard it effect your life too – the alarm is gonna go off at 5am for him to go to the gym, he’s not really gonna be able to eat what you normally have for dinner so meals out are effected too, and then there is the possible moodiness from them feeling miserable that they can’t have a pizza and 5 beers!

  23. Nic says:

    A few years back my husband got really into Crossfit and cleaned up his diet and was generally looking really ripped. It was physically very attractive BUT…he was a little less fun to be around (and I say this as someone who is also pretty into regular exercise and healthy eating…it’s not like we were couch potatoes pre-Crossfit, at all). He was getting home late several nights a week b/c he “had” to go to a particular CF class, he’d flip out that I was trying to poison him with junk carbs if I baked a loaf of (whole wheat) bread or made black bean soup for dinner. It was kind of exhausting. Fortunately he eventually decided the $200/month was too much and reverted to his routine of running/cycling 3-4x a week and lifting weights in the garage. He’s not *quite* as ripped as when he was doing Crossfit but he is still in great shape and overall I’d say his current fitness regime is better for our marriage!

    • melior says:

      I don’t get it. If they follow a new regimen why don’t they just cook for themselves? I just find it so damn arrogant to expect your girlfriend/wife to cook for you according to your new regimen considering she may not be following it herself. Seeing the reactions on this site, I realize a lot of Americans still go by the traditional model where the women cook for everybody.
      When my father turned vegan he made most of his meals. Mom cooked for her and the kids.

  24. EscapedConvent says:

    What I got from this post: ~TOBY STEPHENS~?!?! Toby is in a movie with this guy in the pic?!

  25. word says:

    He’s better off sticking to comedic roles. He’s doing the “Chris Pratt” thing but it’s not working for him. He seems like a lovely guy, but the muscle man roles just aren’t for him.

  26. KG says:

    I think they are probably more fun when they aren’t so concerned about working out all the time and being on such a strict diet. So it is probably less about liking them better doughier and more like in general it is just better when they aren’t so ripped because of what comes with it. I am like that with my boyfriend.

  27. Linn says:

    Just looked at some older pictures and I agree with Emily. He looked way better to me before the transformation.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      I agree. He said more “sweet-faced,” and I think that is it. His face is super-angular because his body fat is so low. He naturally has a longer face, so a little more fullness balances it out. To me, anyway. Others’ mileage may vary, of course.

  28. Zaytabogota says:

    I like someone fairly fit but to radically overhaul your shape you have to radically overhaul your diet and exercise regime, the behaviours required may be annoying and unattractive. And not everyone is into buff.

  29. MonicaQ says:

    I have a penchant for the equivalent of offensive linemen in American football. Like Jeff Saturday is my ideal guy–a little fluffy but looks like we can wrestle and him not break anything 🙂

  30. Josefina says:

    I get it. I wouldn’t like it if my bf became a gym freak all of a sudden. And that aside, super macho muscles have never been a turn on for me. I guess it’s that lesbian part of me that’s always craving for a small dose of femininity.

  31. Moi says:

    I watched the trailer for this movie last night and thought “Wait, when did John Krasinski become hot?”. Will love him forever because of The Office, but wow..good job.

  32. Rockin Robin says:

    I’m with Emily. He looks better doughy. His face looks weird now.

  33. Eden75 says:

    I’ve never seen him in anything but I know who he is. I think he looks great either way. If his wife doesn’t like the new bod as much, I would have to agree with some other commenters and say it’s probably the diet more than anything. It sucks (been there done that) and can make a person cranky. However, this is the line of work he is in, so for his next big transformation, she could end up with Mr. Super Fluffy. Such is the nature of acting.

    My hubby is a rangy type and gets a wee belly for about 3 months of the year. It goes away once the dirt bike is out again (so not fair, eats what he wants, gets on his bike for a couple of weeks and it’s gone…). I seem to go for the rangy types all the time which is funny since I am so bloody short and have round tendencies. Having lived through the uberfit stage myself (me, not him) and having a daughter who is a figure competitor, I understand why some people aren’t into the super buff. My hubby prefers me a bit less rock hard and more fluffy. And yes, if you asked him that, he would tell you the same.