John Krasinski on Emily Blunt: ‘I wouldn’t have this career if I hadn’t met her’

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When Amazon’s new series Jack Ryan was announced, I never pictured John Krasinski taking over the role previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. However after seeing the trailer a million times (thanks a bunch, YouTube), I think he might be a good choice. The series debuts August 31.

John spoke with England’s The Independent, where he attributed the success of his thriller A Quiet Place to his wife, Emily Blunt. John revealed that he was initially “too scared” to ask his wife to be in the film, but after she got a chance to read the script, she demanded to be in the movie. Heeding to her demands, John cast her and joked, “I can’t say who, but essentially, yes – Emily had someone fired.” Emily also encouraged her husband to direct the film, recalling:

“I was originally just going to star and Emily told me I had to direct it. She knew it was a huge opportunity for me, and in the madness she just let me be myself. I honestly feel I wouldn’t have this career if I hadn’t met her, because she’s taught me so much about how to go about the business. She’s been my secret ingredient.”

And, besides garnering critical acclaim, an upcoming sequel and over $330 million in box office receipts, working on A Quiet Place also had a very special benefit for the couple, according to John.

“It without a doubt made our marriage stronger. I think we were both surprised by that. Not that I thought it would get worse but we were much more in love after the movie. We leaned on each other in a way we never had.”

[From The Independent]

This isn’t the first time John has sung his wife’s praises. It’s pretty much a regular occurrence and I think it’s really sweet. I’m very curious to see what happens with the Quiet Place sequel (as I didn’t honestly think it needed one in the first place) and I am also interested in seeing how John fares as an action hero in Jack Ryan. Whatever he does in the future, he definitely needs to continue listening to Emily.

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  1. Cantgoogleme says:

    I really like Emily blunt but she seems kinda boring.

    • cate says:

      i agree. i also don’t think its very classy to shout out and brag about getting another woman fired, especially in this industry where so many struggle. its not classy.

      • Lucy2 says:

        If I am remembering correctly, when the story first came out, it was a friend of theirs who had only tentative talks about the movie, not someone who was hired with contracts and all. I don’t think some struggling actor lost out on their big chance or anything.

      • Dietcokehead says:

        As I understand it, they didn’t actually have someone fired. They were floating the script, having some talks but nothing official, then Emily read the script herself and decided she really wanted the part. They really seem to be joking about Emily having someone sacked for her benefit.

    • courtney says:

      i hope it was less shady than it sounds. that would be a relief

    • Jess says:

      She’s the opposite of boring, one of the best interviewees on a late night show (with the most views as well) and a witty sense of humor

      • Lilly says:

        Agreed @Jess and also with @Lucy2 and @Dietcokehead they were clearly joking and I’m so happy they are happy and solid.

      • AWT says:

        100% agreed Jess – she’s so entertaining on late night AND she’s a terrific actress – I believe her in every role she does, from Queen Victoria to futuristic space soldier. She’s even made me like John Krasinsky by extension, lol.

    • M says:

      Have you seen A Quiet Place though? She’s so phenomenal. I saw it twice and she carries that movie (along with the actress who plays the daughter). It’s an incredible for an essentially silent movie.

  2. Flying fish says:

    Based upon Enily’s prior comments and now his, these two seem rather tone death…

  3. Snazzy says:

    Ben Affleck played Jack Ryan? I thought it was Chris Pine… anyway, I do like that character so I hope the series is good!

    • Tania says:

      Yes, he starred in The Sum of All Fears with Morgan Freeman

    • Heather says:

      Jack Ryan has been played by a lot of actors: Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears, Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and now John Krasinski in Jack Ryan. He’s the underrated Bond really, where he can be pretty seamlessly recast.

      • Mo' Comments Mo' Problems says:

        Why are there so many Jack Ryans?

      • Heather says:

        Because Mo’ Comments Mo’ Problems it’s all spread across decades really. Alec Baldwin played him in 1990, Harrison Ford through the rest of the 90s, Affleck in 2002….Chris Pine had him in 2014. It would be ridiculous for Alec Baldwin or Harrison Ford to play a young go getter Jack Ryan right now, obviously. Affleck’s got a lot going on in his personal life and wasn’t the best casting. Chris Pine wasn’t much better, honestly, and has a big screen career to nurture. Like I said, Jack Ryan is the underrated Bond.

      • dlc says:

        I thought Chris pine made a good jack ryan. he a kiera knightly were fun to watch. I was disappointed there was no sequel.

      • Heather says:

        dlc, I think he’d make a good Jack Ryan, but as a fan of the books and previous movies, it wasn’t the best vehicle for him to start the role.

  4. Chocolate Princess says:

    They are so cute together. Please don’t break up.

  5. Sash says:

    I love how much he loves her.

  6. Anastasia says:

    I don’t know. It kind of makes me wonder why he feels the need to praise her constantly. She doesn’t gush on and on about him.

    But nice of him to admit he owes his career to his wife.

    • L84Tea says:

      I read an interview of his years ago, before he was even with Emily, and even then he came off as a very hopeless romantic type of person. I think he just really adores his wife.

    • Betsy says:

      Does he gush on and on or was he asked in an interview and that’s the part Corey highlighted?

  7. Abby says:

    I’m kind of sick of hearing his whole, “I’m nothing without her!” routine. She doesn’t gush about him and it seems imbalanced. Also, he’s always been a talented actor. Does he really believe merely being associated with her helped catapult his career or is he trying to give never-ending credit to her for encouragement and guidance toward specific projects? I like funny stories about their marriage (the prank war with Jimmy Kimmel, I think) but stop with the “she handed me my career!” stuff.

    • Caity says:

      Maybe she doesn’t gush about him because she tries to focus on the work she’s promoting? I don’t pay close attention to promotional interviews/late night show clips, but it’s often difficult for actresses to move the conversation away from their “home life”. She probably generally avoids it.

      • maxine ducamp says:

        While I don’t generally like citing stereotypes, she is British and they do tend toward being less earnest and “gushy” so that could be part of it. I also like @caity’s explanation that she’s trying to avoid the actress pitfall of being asked about their personal lives/balancing work and family at the expense of getting to talk about the work that they are promoting.

  8. Heather says:

    Her sister lives in my town, I see them around occasionally.

  9. Dara says:

    Don’t judge me, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Benghazi film Krasinski was in. He was very credible as a special operations guy. Of course, being a Michael Bay film, there is a lot of aggressive jingoism (and not-subtle Hillary bashing) to get past, but I thought it stood up well compared to other films of the genre. And on a completely superficial note, it’s full of really attractive actors getting all dirty and sweaty while doing heroic and action-y things. Any movie where Max Martini, James Dale and Toby Stephens get to be wise asses while carrying big guns is going to get my attention.

  10. Caty says:

    A man praising his wife’s career prowess and speaking about her as someone he admires professionally will always be sexy in my book.

    • ZGB says:

      And yet there are people here complaining how its all too much!! As if that’s the only part of the interview and that’s the ONLY thing he talks about EVER. Call it jealousy or hating and you’ll have denials of “God Forbid!!”

  11. InquisitiveNewt says:

    @Corey Not “England’s” The Independent, ahem… Britain’s… (four nation-provinces, you know)

  12. minx says:

    They’re adorable.