What Krasinski learned from Clooney
John Krasinski could have been a TV one-hit wonder, said Ed Potton in The Times (U.K.). He rose to fame playing the endearing everyman Jim on NBC’s The Office from 2005 to 2013. Yet instead of being typecast or trapped in a sitcom prison, Krasinski, 40, has blossomed into a filmmaker; 2018’s A Quiet Place, a horror movie he co-wrote and directed, grossed more than $340 million. He credits his breakout largely to advice from George Clooney, who made the difficult leap from acting in TV shows like ER to movies and producing. “George has been a mentor to me in every aspect, more as a person even than as someone involved in the business,” Krasinski says. He and his wife, actress Emily Blunt, got married in 2010 at Clooney’s house on Lake Como in Italy. The two men have been friends since Krasinski played a college football player in Leatherheads, a 2008 box-office flop that Clooney starred in and directed. During production, Clooney invited Krasinski to a screening where the filmmakers would iron out problems. Krasinski initially passed, to which Clooney said, “Are you telling me that for the rest of your career you’re just going to be an actor? You have to see how the sausage is made.” Krasinski learned his lesson. “It was an incredibly important moment in my life,” he says.