Actor, writer, director and producer John Krasinski may be recognized as one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, thanks in part to the huge success of his movie A Quiet Place. But a trip to London in early 2017 proved that Emily Blunt’s husband is not such a familiar face across the pond just yet. One particular customs officer guarding the U.K. border left Krasinski humbled by not being able to place him. Not only that, but he brought the actor down by reminding him that, in the eyes of many, he had married up.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 20, 1979, Krasinski first began performing on stage in sixth grade. After high school, he spent a spell in Costa Rica teaching English as a foreign language, before he studied theater arts at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. While he was at the Ivy League school, Krasinski joined the sketch comedy troupe Out of Bounds. He also honed his craft further at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Conneticut, the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, and NYC’s The Actors Center.
Following his graduation, Krasinski relocated to Manhattan where he appeared in various off-Broadway productions and interned on Late Night with Conan O’Brien as a scriptwriter. Krasinski’s big break arrived in 2005 when he was cast as Jim Halpert in acclaimed TV comedy The Office. Krasinski also made his directorial debut on the show, and he was subsequently at the helm for several episodes in the latter part of its nine seasons.
Krasinski was also busy pursuing a film career alongside his small-screen work in The Office. There were roles in A New Wave, Smiley Face, Leatherheads, Jarhead, Shrek the Third, Big Miracle and Dreamgirls. He also became something of a rom-com regular, appearing in the likes of License to Wed, Away We Go, It’s Complicated, The Holiday and Something Borrowed.
Meanwhile, Krasinski found time to guest on various TV shows, including Without a Trace, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and even American Dad. His credits showed his talents extended beyond acting too. Krasinski directed and penned 2006 “dramedy” Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and co-wrote the environmental drama Promised Land in 2012.
And while The Office finally closed, Krasinski worked on. The actor remained just as in-demand once the hit TV show concluded in 2013. He appeared on the big screen in Aloha, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and The Hollars. He also executive produced Dream Corp, Adult Swim live-action/animation series LLC, and the Oscar-nominated drama Manchester by the Sea.
But Krasinski’s career reached new heights of success and levels of acclaim in 2018 with the release of A Quiet Place. The unnerving story of a family who must stay silent to avoid being killed by predators who pick up on their prey through sound, it grossed more than $160m at the box office. Directed and partly written by and also starring the now 38-year-old Krasinski, the horror received rave reviews.
But the supernatural smash was something of a family affair, as it also featured Krasinski’s real-life wife, 35-year-old Emily Blunt, as his on-screen spouse. The pair first met in 2008 and got engaged just a year later. They walked down the aisle in the Italian city of Como in 2010, and have since welcomed two daughters – Hazel and Violet – into the world.
However, Blunt appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote the married couple’s latest collaboration on April 3, 2018. Blunt revealed that A Quiet Place was not the first opportunity they had been offered to work on screen together. In fact, it turned out that the pair had been approached several times before. “We’ve sort’ve been offered every romantic comedy under the sun,” the actress explained. “But no one wants to see John and I kind of meeting in a film. Like, people wouldn’t buy it.”
In the same interview, Blunt recalled the “sad, lame story” of how she first met her future husband. The British beauty admitted that she instantly knew that he was “the one,” when they first bumped into each other at a restaurant. However, evidently not everyone appears to believe that the couple are perfectly suited.
On the same night as Blunt’s interview, Krasinski was on A Quiet Place promotional duties on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. After hearing the audience cheer at the mention of his wife’s name during the interview, Krasinski responded, “That reaction means I married up, and don’t I know it. Please, they don’t have to tell me – a customs agent in London did.”
Krasinski then recalled a period when he visited Blunt in the U.K. every weekend. The star was filming her lead performance in the Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns there during the first half of 2017. “It was going great, the customs, the whole experience,” Krasinski recalled. “And then I hit this guy who was about my age. He looked like he was ready to get a little surly with me.”
Krasinski was referring to a particular incident in which he was stopped by a U.K. customs agent whose people skills may need a little work. Indeed, the official initially appeared skeptical that the man standing in front of him was genuinely an actor at all. And after being informed he was actually speaking to a cast member of The Office, the agent was even less impressed.
As Krasinski told Fallon, “He was like, ‘Oh. You took what we did. Perfect.’” The Office was, of course, originally a remake of the British version created by comedian Ricky Gervais. And it sounds like the customs agent was a fan of the sitcom’s sarcastic style. Krasinski continued, “And [the border official] says, ‘Who are you visiting here?’ I said, ‘My wife,’ and he says, ‘Is she an actress?’” After the visiting American had revealed that his wife was the Golden Globe winner and English rose Emily Blunt, the customs guy seemed even more bothered and bewildered.
The actor went on, “He goes like this – he goes. ‘You? You married Emily Blunt?’ And I go ‘Yeah’ and he goes like this, ‘Okay, go. Just go.’” Krasinski then added that the agent stamped his passport in a furious manner before finally sending the actor on his way. “Like, the stamp was so hard. I was like, ‘I’m so sorry.’”
Of course, with the incredible success of A Quiet Place, it seems unlikely that Krasinski will have to face such disbelieving and disappointed officials in the future. And the auteur recently revealed at the film’s red-carpet premiere how lucky he feels to have worked alongside his spouse. “The biggest benefit is the support system,” he was quoted as saying in the April 2018 edition of Vanity Fair.
Krasinski then added, “I was emotional every day, and she would stay for the scene she wasn’t in. She would have incredible ideas and incredible notes on shooting script and on color performances. She’s just the most supportive person to have around.”
At the same event, Blunt admitted that she was initially unsure about mixing her real-life and acting roles. “Before we started, it was terrifying,” she explained. “You don’t know what will happen, and if your two processes are going to work together. Some people were like, ‘You’re going to be divorced by the end of it.’”
However, Blunt claimed that the whole process had actually strengthened their relationship. “We discovered new sides to each other that go beyond us being a married couple,” she said. “We never really saw each other [on] a professional day-to-day basis. It’s a totally different experience to share work and go home together. We were really in the thick of it together, and it’s brought us closer.”
Krasinski’s next film will see him follow in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Chris Pine. The star will become the fifth actor to play Jack Ryan when Amazon’s fill-length take on the Tom Clancy hero airs in the summer. Meanwhile, the film which inadvertently caused Krasinski’s run-in with the U.K. customs officer, Mary Poppins Returns, will hit cinemas on Christmas Day. Presumably, somewhere in Hollywood, Ryan and Poppins will be somewhere festive and toasting their great success.