John Krasinski: ‘If I didn’t work out a few times a week, I would start to overanalyze’

John Kraskinski is starring in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, an Amazon Prime original series which is coming out on August 31. It’s not my type of show but I’m a Prime member and it’s free so I’ll give it a chance. I think that’s part of the reason streaming services are coming out with so much original content – people are more willing to give those shows a chance. Krasinski covers the August edition of Men’s Health. Jack Ryan is a badass CIA analyst, so he of course kept fit for that role, although I would imagine most CIA analysts aren’t half as buff. He talked about his fitness and training regimen. He tries to stay fit enough that he can get into shape within just three weeks for any role, which sounds like a tough order. He also opened up about his career and personal philosophy.

On his career after The Office
“Jim is one of those things that, I know, at the end of my career, I’ll still be most known for. And that’s awesome. That’s an honor. But I wanted to try different things. I wanted to set myself up to explore things that were scary, and things I wasn’t sure I was going to be good at.”

On getting buff for 13 Hours in 2016
“When I went out for Captain America, people were like, ‘Really?’ Then I did 13 Hours, and people are like, ‘Okay, yeah, you can do these roles now.’ I’m like, ‘You don’t care about the acting? You just care about the physical shape?’ And they’re like, ‘Correct.’ “Not to get into the whole regime, but on 13 Hours, I did it for the role, and then I definitely got addicted to it. I take periods off. I remember my trainer saying, ‘Try to stay within three weeks, so that whatever part you get, within three weeks we can get you down.’ That’s the goal, to be able to shift back and forth. I think that’s better than saying, ‘Stay ripped your whole life.’ Because that’s really annoying, and the people who do it really easily annoy me. Yes, I’m talking to you, Chris Hemsworth.

He was second choice for Captain America
“Yes, I put on the suit. Yes, I did the screen test. But I knew they’d offered it to Chris [Evans] like four times, and eventually I got the call. ‘Chris is engaging.’ And I was like, ‘Of course he is! Look at that dude. He is Captain America!’ It’s the way I was brought up—I’ve always been a realist and I respect the situation. You can’t fight against things you can’t control. I remember we were on our way to a party for Emily’s birthday when I found out. I hung up the phone and [told her], ‘Yeah, it’s not me.’ She was like, ‘Do you want to cancel?’ And I said, ‘No, let’s go.’ ”

On how fitness has helped him
“I think mentally, it’s cleared my head for things like directing and producing. Staying really busy. If I didn’t work out a few times a week, I would start to overanalyze. It definitely takes me out of myself for a minute. And it gives me my best ideas. Your brain definitely works better when it’s all lubed up with endorphins and sweat and blood.”

His wife helped him keep perspective after A Quiet Place
“I said to Emily, ‘There’s no greater gift that the universe could have given me than to go through the biggest success of my career and I don’t have to explain to you how it felt.’ We were both in the boat. I said to her, ‘I don’t know if it can ever be like this again.’

“And—again, leave it to Emily, who is better at everything than me—she goes, ‘It can’t.’ She just so perfectly encapsulated it. ‘It can’t be like this again, and it shouldn’t. So take this and put it on a mantel, this really special treasure that we experienced together. And now go out and do something else.’”

[From Men’s Health]

I really like the way that Emily phrased that answer, that life changes and it won’t be this way again. I’ve been half studying Buddhism as I need some kind of spiritual outlook besides “everything sucks and we’re going to die.” Emily’s advice, that of course this won’t last, sounds similar to the Four Noble Truths, that life is suffering, that everything changes, and that we shouldn’t cling to the things we want. Of course I’m probably misinterpreting this, but it has helped me cope with some stuff and to realize my situation is not unique. Also exercise has helped too. Sometimes I’ll eat an entire bag of jelly beans to get through the day but at least I jump around enough afterwards to clear my head.

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  1. Ib says:

    I really like John and Emily

  2. Pineapple says:

    “Sometimes I’ll eat an entire bag of jelly beans to get through the day but at least I jump around enough afterwards to clear my head.” THIS might be the most delightful sentence any of us reads all week!!!!

  3. Lucy says:

    I would.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I love him.

    I didn’t realize he was so close to being Captain America. Its funny bc now I cant picture anyone but Chris Evans in that role. but I guess if he had gotten it I would say the same thing.

  5. Esmom says:

    Funny, I chimed in about the work life balance on the Serena thread, and on a related note I have aways used exercise to clear my head and transition between work mode and mom mode. And as a freelance writer, some of my best ideas came when I was out on a long run and not sitting at a desk. So I get that.

    I also liked Emily’s comment about how some things can’t be replicated. It’s true and it doesn’t have to be devastating. They seem cool.

    Now if only I could convince my gym rat son that he doesn’t have to be buff all the time. Down time is good, too!

  6. Chaine says:

    Didn’t even need to read the article cuz he had me at “Truck YEAH!”

  7. Amelie says:

    I didn’t know he was number 2 for the Captain America role! I think he would have done a pretty great job actually. Nothing against Chris Evans, he’s an alright actor but Captain America is the least interesting of the Avengers to me. I don’t know, I just find him to be kind of bland. The stereotypical American golden boy who mostly sits around and mopes because he was stuck in ice for 50 years or however long and missed out on a great romance with Agent Carter (which definitely sucks) and everybody who he knew is now dead. I think Jon Krasinski would have brought some much needed levity to the role. Interestingly enough the Captain America Marvel movies are the ones I enjoy the most (apart from the first one, I was never able to get through it) but mostly because the story is entertaining, not because I find Captain America to be a super interesting character.

  8. susiecue says:

    I like them, I know there has been some borderline smugness in comments they have made about their relationship, him about Jenna Fischer, etc/whatevs…I just get really positive vibes from them. It’s nice to see a couple who are in each other’s corner.

  9. Spike says:

    I enjoyed John’s interview & his relationship with Emily. Celebitchy – I’ve been studying Buddhism since 1991. For me, it has been transformative. Much of my current practice centers on mindfulness meditation. Each person finds their own way.

    One of the elements people don’t get is that you are allowed to express the depths of feelings that we all have. After that you let it go. Believe me I’ve worked through the same issues over & over again through the cruel, brutal, and inhumane despotic reign by our dictator.

    Then I find a way to channel it into good thoughts, acts, and compassion.

    I’ve found that the works & vids of Pema Chodron are great. She is very accessible, down-to-earth, & funny. She does a great job of providing insights for how to deal with things in difficult times.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. We are all students. We can learn from each other.