John Krasinski Jokes That He Was Emily Blunt’s “Stalker” Before They Married0 Comments

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Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 1:12am

John Krasinski is one of us. OK, yes, he hangs out with celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel and George Clooney and is married to a movie star (that would be Emily Blunt, of course)—but he’s still the down-home, charming guy fans fell in love with on The Office.

Take, for example, the fact that even after a long, tiring day of interviews for his new film, The Hollars (which he directs and stars in), he still manages to have the energy of a 5-year-old opening birthday presents. Although if you worked as hard as Krasinski did to get this film made, you’d be bouncing off the walls that the big moment was finally here too. You see, the 36-year-old was attached to star in the dramedy over five years ago—but because it was a small indie film, the financier at the time couldn’t get the movie made. Four years went by and “because the script was that good,” Krasinski not only bought it, but signed on to direct as well.

The end result? The Hollars is one of the most touching films of the year, a welcome departure from a summer of sequels and superheroes. “I will take you screaming [that] from the rooftops, please,” Krasinski jokes when he hears our praise. “That’s so nice.”

The film, which also stars Anna Kendrick, Josh Groban, Margo Martindale, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and others is at its core about “the importance of family,” says Krasinski. “You may not get along with them, you may not talk to them all the time, but you’re connected to them. There’s something hugely beautiful and powerful about that.” It’s also about exes and relationships, and the drama that comes with wondering what might have happened if you chose another path.

In real life, the path Krasinski chose has turned out just fine. The father to two young daughters (with Blunt), he’s not one to share photos of his girls—but he has no problem talking about all their hopes and dreams. And when it comes to his wife? Well, he’ll gladly gush about her, too. But that’s nice-guy Krasinski for you. Read on!

Glamour: John, I feel like you must be talked-out at this point. You’ve had the film’s premiere, the junket, and gone on Jimmy Kimmel Live! all in the span of 24 hours.

John Krasinski: No, you still got me in a good phase! Maybe tomorrow I’ll be talked out. [Laughs]

Glamour: This movie was so beautiful. I held it together until the last 15 minutes and then the tears just wouldn’t stop.

John: Oh, thank you for saying that! That’s so awesome.

Glamour: Good, I’m glad you’re glad I cried. [Laughs] When directing a film like this, are you able to feel that same emotion as it’s happening or are you almost too close to the action?

John: Oh God no. 100 percent you feel the emotion that you’re feeling in the audience. And that’s why it’s so special to hear that because with a movie like this it’s an easy litmus test. If you’re laughing on set, then you know something’s working. If you’re crying on set—which I did all the time—then something’s working. Certainly those emotional moments that you’re talking about in the last 15 minutes, you can just feel it straight into your heart whether you’re on set or [in the theater]. I hope audiences are as blown away as emotionally as I did when I first read the script and then saw the movie for the first time.

Glamour: One of my biggest pet peeves is that movies today are way too long. I can’t sit still.

John: That’s so awesome that the length of the movie is the first checkpoint for you. [Laughs]

Glamour: The fact that The Hollars clocked in at an hour and 30 minutes made my day.

John: Ha! That’s awesome. Thank you!

Glamour: What are your pet peeves when it comes to movies? Did you ever say, “When I direct a film, I want this, this, and this?”

John: Yeah, I always try—whether it’s acting or directing—to make the most honest film [I] can. You try not to manipulate your audience. You try to tell them a story, and whether they laugh or cry is up to them. There’s a lot of family movies out there, and I don’t love a lot of them because I feel a little manipulated. For me, it’s about being as true and honest as I can and doing the best work [possible].

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PHOTO: Sony Classics

Glamour: Of all the many complex relationships in the film, which one did you most relate to?

John: Probably my relationship with the mother [played by Margo Martindale]. My mom [in real life] is such a strong, amazing woman as well, and I’m lucky to have a family that is patriarchal and matriarchal at the same time, that they split duties. I really related to how much my mother did for us—I’m from a family of three boys.

Glamour: A year ago, I interviewed you and your wife, and I asked you to tell me who’s the most kick-ass female character in movies today. Before you answered, you said, “Good question! I really like that.” I was struck by that, because you were the first actor that actually said, “I love that kind of question.” Since you are now the only guy in a house full of girls, what would you want your daughters to know when they grow up, whether they go into this business or not?

John: Wow. Again, great question. I think what I hope they understand is—whether the gap between the sexes has closed and hopefully exponentially by the time they are getting jobs [it has]—in my eyes and in their eyes, they should be [treated] the exact same. That is all that matters. In my eyes, they’ll always have the potential to do anything that they absolutely want, and I want to make sure that translates to them. So, yes, the discussions about the bigger issues are so important, but for them…it shouldn’t matter at all because I’ll support them in whatever they want to do.

Glamour: Would you like to see them go into this business or do you hope they find something else they want to do?

John: It’s interesting. Obviously, there’s this part of me that says this business can be so hard that I hope they find another business. And then I have to be honest with myself and say how much I love it. It would be weird for them to see how much I love my work and then to hear that I don’t want them to have that same level of happiness, if that’s what they want to do. For me, I truly mean when I say that I support them wholeheartedly. I just want them to understand what they’re getting into. They have every right to be in this business, but they just need to know how difficult it is and how hard you have to work, rather than anything being given to you.

Glamour: Switching gears to Emily, I’ve always wanted to know: How many times have you seen The Devil Wears Prada?

John: Like 75! [Laughs] It’s bizarre. Before I met Emily, I had seen that movie—because it’s on TV all the time—so it’s one of the only movies that if you’re channel surfing and you land on that, you have to watch the rest of it. Embarrassingly, I think we had only been dating a couple weeks, and she stopped by…and I didn’t know she was stopping by, so when she opened [the door and came in], I quickly flipped the channel. I’m sure she thought I was watching something completely inappropriate, and I actually chose to let her believe that than know that I had been watching The Devil Wears Prada. And then later in our relationship, she asked if I had seen The Devil Wears Prada and I said, “Yes,” and she said, “How many times?” And I said, “A lot.” She said, “What’s a lot?” And I said, “75 times.” [Laughs] I’m lucky enough that she stayed with me and didn’t realize that she had really married her stalker!

Glamour: That’s hilarious. I can’t wait for your girls to see that movie.

John: I know, I can’t either.

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PHOTO: 20th Century FOX

Glamour: I also can’t wait for them to be old enough to watch The Office. Who’s the last cast member you saw that made you really happy?

John: I see Jenna [Fischer] all the time. I love her husband, Lee, and their kids are amazing, so we get together a bunch. And I’d say other than Jenna, the last person I saw that was actually at her house was Brian Baumgartner.

Glamour: Would you ever do a reunion special, whether it’s on NBC or a streaming network?

John: 100 percent, yeah! I’d go back and do a reunion or a movie, whatever. To me, it’s all about the story. Our show was so good because it was so well-written, so if someone can tell me why these characters are getting back together again and come up with a really good reason why and a good story, then I’m totally in. I think the hard part is finding a reason for us all to get together.

The Hollars is in theaters on Friday, August 26.

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