Only a few weeks after being honored by Entertainment Weekly as two of the magazine’s 2018 Entertainers of the Year, actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are gracing the cover of The Hollywood Reporter for its Rule Breakers 2018 issue.
In the accompanying cover story, the married couple reveals a number of interesting tidbits about their relationship and themselves, including how scared Krasinski, a Newton native, was to offer his wife a role in the April 2018 thriller “A Quiet Place,” and the one rule Blunt broke for her husband.
Blunt told THR that when it came to “A Quiet Place,” for which she paired up with her husband on-screen for the first time and subsequently received a SAG Award nomination, she made an exception to how she normally operates professionally.
“I have a minimum of a five-month rule between projects, other than ‘A Quiet Place,’ ” Blunt said. “I broke the rule for him and him alone.”
Krasinski told THR that when he was writing the script for “A Quiet Place,” he was afraid to ask Blunt to star in it. She was busy with “Mary Poppins Returns,” and the duo had built successful careers separately, so Krasinski didn’t want her to take on one of his projects out of a sense of matrimonial obligation.
“I didn’t want this to be the one job that she was like, ‘Listen, I don’t know if I love this, but I love you, so I’ll do it,’ ” Krasinski said.
Blunt ended up reading Krasinski’s script on a plane ride, telling THR that she immediately knew she “couldn’t imagine the thought of letting someone else play the part.” When she asked Krasinski for it, he was ecstatic.
“It was like she was proposing to me,” Krasinski told the publication. “It was one of the greatest moments in my career. I screamed out, ‘Yes!’ I’m surprised we didn’t emergency land in San Antonio.”
KEVIN SLANE, Boston.com
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