After years of playing the family-friendly prototypical nice guy, actor and director John Krasinski is changing up his image with A Quiet Place. One of the most buzzed-about horror films of the year, A Quiet Place tells the story of a family forced to live in utter silence, lest they be killed by bloodthirsty monsters with unnaturally good hearing. If you stay quiet, you stay alive.
Along with directing and co-writing A Quiet Place, Krasinski — best known for his role as boy-next-door salesman Jim Halpert on the long-running series The Office — also co-stars alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt as a father desperate to keep his wife and two children, portrayed by Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, not just alive but happy.
"I'm not even a horror guy — I am now, but I wasn't a horror guy before directing this. I hadn't seen a lot of horror movies. I'm too much of a scaredy cat," Krasinski told SYFY WIRE.
We spoke to Krasinski ahead of his film's premiere to talk about the change-up in his brand, the deeply personal life changes that prompted it in the first place, and what was so special about A Quiet Place from the very beginning.
Watch our interview with Krasinski below. A Quiet Place opens on April 6.