My favorite water cooler topic is fantasy football. I used to make fun of friends for doing it and now I'm obsessed.— John Krasinski
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I wanted to be an English teacher. I wanted to do it for the corduroy jackets with patches on the side. When I got to college, as I was walking across campus one day, I ripped off a little flyer for this sketch-comedy group. It ended up being one of the greatest things I've ever done.
The first acting thing I ever did was my senior year I decided not to play a sport in the Spring and, in that Spring B.J. Novak who went to school with me, asked if I'd be in this show that was a parody of all the teachers in the school, 'sure!' That was the first acting thing I did.
Being funny is one of my greatest strengths. I can make girls smile when they're down, and when they're having a good time, I can carry on the joke.
The perfect gadget would somehow allow me to fly.
Isn't that what everybody wants? It would also cook a damn good microwave pizza. So while in flight you had something to eat - an in-flight meal. Where would I go? Well, nowadays, it would probably just take me to work a lot quicker.
Trophies and medals have never meant much to me.
I've had amazing experiences, which let you feel like you've accomplished something.
I certainly went into losing my virginity terrified.
Going on stage, I could only have imagined the worst possible outcomes. And then it went fine.
My name was originally John Collins, but I just didn't think it had the flair I needed. I found out the poet laureate of Poland was named Krasinski and so it seemed like a shoe-in for show business.
Boston is actually the capital of the world.
You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people. Not that I'm one of them. I just sorta sneaked in under the radar.
If you did go to high school and then college, there's definitely a solidarity with someone that is from your hometown and knows your mom, and all that stuff. There's this weird politeness that we have, as a society. You don't want to make it hard for anybody.
I'm really not feeling one way or the other with comedy or drama, I'm just sort of doing projects that I've been finding really fun to be a part of.
I'm a huge classics fan. I love Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger. I'm that guy who rereads a book before I read newer stuff, which is probably not all that progressive, and it's not really going to make me a better reader. I'm like, 'Oh, my God, you should read To Kill a Mockingbird.
When everything gets turned upside down, it only leads to better quality stuff.
I'm a sucker where I love shifting tides.
Always trying new things is always more fun, and it can be scary, but it's always more fun in the end.
I forget who said it, but someone said, your job as an actor is to communicate the most honest version of this character, and so the parts of you that you can use are obviously the easiest to access, because you live through them every day.
I'm not gonna be one of those actors who's like, "It's such a drag to not see your kids." Of course it is, but that's the compromise that you're making.
I love to have the people watching [The Office ] just because it's fun to have people watching, but our fans are so dedicated, so smart and so cool for the most part. We don't have these fans that overwhelm you if they see you on the street. They're like, 'Love the show', or 'What an idiot. You should have said something to her last week.' I'm like, 'I know.'
We were looking to collaborate with someone on both those fronts [ writing and directing] and it ended up just being me [in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men]. So, at this point, it's the epitome of a passion project and I just hope people like it.
I think one of the coolest things for my daughters is that they'll get to see their mom being a working mom. It's one of the things I'll be most proud of.
It's a big thing to feel like you're doing something that's actually affecting people.
Being [in] a show that you get to say good-bye instead of being asked to leave is a real honor.
My favorite thing is watching people watch The Hollars movie and then come up to me and say whether they went through an experience like that or they went through an experience nothing like that, but it still was their mom or "that was my brother" or whatever it was - that's great.
You can make jokes but [ George Clooney] is everything that anyone's ever said about him.
I didn't go to the special screening on a spaceship where everybody goes to have their special screenings...Everybody knows that's what happens in Hollywood.
I have people printing that I have. Never been engaged. As far as what I think of marriage, I think it's great. I think I'd like to be married some day, but I'll start with love.
I'm not going to pretend that bad things don't happen.
I just hope my daughter has enough understanding that when they do, just give me a call.
One of the best lessons I've ever gotten in my life is to anticipate nothing because it's always worse in your head than it really is.
I grew up with the Boston vibe and the Catholic vibe. I don't want to put anybody out.
I think there's a part of us that would like to use the fact that we're married, but you don't want the idea that we're married to overshadow the project itself.We're just looking for something that's so specific and good that it becomes a part of the story of why we did it rather than when we go to do press it's, 'Oh, my God, you're married and that's the only thing we want to talk about.' If we can merge both, that could be great.
I have no problem with people seeing me as the nice guy.
I hope they don't see me as just the nice guy.
I've always loved where my dad came from and the ideals that instilled in me.
To me, television is one of the most exciting things going on right now, as far as content goes. Some of these shows that are on television are better than any of the movies out there.
Ninety percent of your job is done if you find the right cast.
I fell in love with the book [ Brief Interviews with Hideous Men] and always wanted to do something with and fought to get the rights, which was pretty fun and an incredible experience in itself.
I am in that everything [ David Foster Wallace] writes is pretty much the best stuff I've read, so that makes me a fan I guess.
I used to make fun of my friends who had BlackBerries.
And I know that the expression CrackBerry has been going around, but now I fully understand it. I'm actually addicted to a piece of machinery, and that's really embarrassing.
James Cagney as a baby is not my ideal thing.
I've always loved those movies where somebody thinks they want something, and then they realize that the thing they really want is right in front of them.
Writing and directing just sort of fell into my lap.
There are always roles that seem enticing that you can't do because of scheduling.
Each cast member brings their own vibe and antics to the set.
You're constantly surrounded by fun loving people who can make you laugh in their own way.
It's definitely particular to each situation, but whether it is a long history, or someone that you're intimidated by, or someone that you didn't think you ever had a shot at, at the end of the day, I think we're all living through high school, every day.
I'm sure there's pieces of me in all the characters I play.
I have the most incredible parents and they didn't put pressure on me.
I grew up in a house and no matter what they thought of things, it was always about my choice.
To be that big of a star and that grounded and that classy, I'm mean [ George Clooney] was a true mentor for me and, as a director, he's incredible.
It's a great wake-up call for our entire industry: What movies are we making? What storytellers are we allowing to tell the stories? What people are we allowing to be cast in those stories? I think we need newer stories, and more people given the opportunity to do anything they want.
I related so much to the responsibility of being a parent, the responsibility of "did you screw your kid up," the responsibility of letting your own parents down.
I think we owe absolutely everything to the fans.
The first time I ever cried in a movie was in Dead Poet's Society.