John Krasinski is best known for his long-time role on The Office as Jim Halpert, but lately he’s proving he’s more than just a small-screen comedian. His career has been on the rise ever since he joined the series back in 2005 and today he’s recognized as a major movie star and filmmaker. He recently landed roles starring in big box office films like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Aloha, while his latest project is a combination of starring, directing and producing for the upcoming film The Hollars. He’s on top of his game professionally and in his personal life. He’s married to fellow actress, Emily Blunt, and is a new father to their two daughters, Hazel and Violet. Referencing what he calls his life as his “lottery-ticket life,” Krasinski is definitely happier than ever! In celebration of this and his upcoming 37th birthday, we’ve complied a list of 10 things you might not have known about the adorable actor!
10. Early Acting Days
He made his stage debut in grade six as Daddy Warbucks in a school production of the play Annie and pursued acting all through high school by participating in school productions, and then studied theater at Brown University. After that he attended the National Theater Institute in Connecticut. Krasinski’s parents have been his biggest supporters: “I just said in the back of the car, I said, ‘I want to move to New York and be an actor.’ And without hesitation my mom said, ‘Great. Just promise me one thing: That in 2 1/2, three years, if you don’t have a bite, if there’s not that idea that maybe something’s coming, you have to pull yourself out of it, because the only thing you can’t ask me to do as your mom is to tell her son to give up on his dreams.'” Of course, when he made the move to New York he struggled for about 2 1/2 years. He was doing mainly commercials and off Broadway plays when he decided it was time to throw in the towel. It was his mother who encouraged him to finish out the year and sure enough, three weeks later he got a role on The Office.Amanda Parks/Abaca