It’s 9:45am on a Monday morning,
but John Krasinski’s day is already hours in the making. “I can’t even remember the last time I slept past 6:30am,” he says. “If you had told me in college, ‘One day, you’ll be waking up very happily at 7:00am,’ I’d tell you, ‘You’re insane.’”
Though Krasinski is in the middle of editing his third film as a director, it’s not A Quiet Place that has him up before sunrise. To hear Krasinski tell it, it’s the women in his life who set the pace these days. “My life is beautifully routine,” says the 38-year-old father of Hazel, 3, and Olive, 1, his daughters with British actress Emily Blunt. “It is pretty much: Wake up; get a pot of coffee; and then wake up the girls. You never know what kind of day it’s going to be with these two much smarter, cooler people in the house.” And, if it wasn’t for fatherhood, his latest project might never have resonated the way it did.
When first approached about A Quiet Place, Krasinski was asked if he would be interested in playing the lead in a horror film about a family who must live in complete silence in order to stay safe from a mysterious and deadly threat. Admittedly not a huge horror fan, he agreed to at least take a look, when the idea behind the spec script, written by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, suddenly took on a life of its own. “Right away, what I felt was, ‘This is a story about what you would really do for your kids—and underline really,’” he says. “Within three hours, I had the idea and the specifics of how I’d want it to play out, which was bizarre. I mean, I’ve never been struck by lightning like that.”
While he was immediately on board to revise the script, it was Blunt who told him he needed to direct as well—advice that took Krasinski by surprise. “We keep our careers very, very separate,” he says. “We always rely on each other for opinions, but we love the idea that we have separate careers, and, that way, we can be the No. 1 fans of each other.” This time, however, Krasinski couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, pitching Blunt his thoughts on what the movie could be. “It was Emily who said, ‘I’ve never seen you get this excited about writing a script. You’ve got to direct it.’”