For any child, understanding how their parents make a living can be a bit tricky, not least for kids whose parenting jobs involve being super famous.
And it seems John Krasinski is learning this the hard way, explaining during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that his children are having a hard time accepting his acting job.
For those who don’t know, John and his wife, Emily Blunt, share two daughters: 8-year-old Hazel and 6-year-old Violet.
Talking about dad’s life, John said the girls were very impressed with their mom’s performance in The return of Mary Poppins in 2018, explaining that he gave Emily a “head start” in the major Which Parent Is Cooler competition.
So, knowing that their mother is a huge movie star, Hazel and Violet apparently weren’t all that excited about their father’s projects, viz. The office.
John starred in the comedy series as Jim Halpert, and despite it being one of his most beloved roles, it seems the success of the show has presented a number of complications in his personal life.
For example, he explained that when fans approach him on the street and say they know him from The office, It can be confusing for your children to understand that you are not talking about your actual workplace.
“I was walking them to school one day and this guy came up and said, ‘John! Of The office!’” he recalled during the interview. “He said, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so good to see you!’ And I said, ‘Thank you.’ And we keep walking.”
Having overheard the exchange, his daughter proceeded to ask if the boy was someone he worked with, to which John replied “no.” However, her response was not enough.
“She says, ‘Why are you lying to me? … Did she just say that she knows you from the office?’” John said.
Thanks to interactions like these, the actor said his kids are now convinced that he works an average 9 to 5, and that their movie star mom made the decision to settle down with a normal guy.
“My kids thought she married me for charity, like, ‘You’re so kind to marry an accountant! That’s very nice of you,’” she joked. “Because they don’t know what I do.”
But curiously, it seems that the discontent of the girls with The office It’s not for lack of trying.
After Hazel and Violet recently showed vague interest in the show’s existence, John revealed that he and Emily made the big decision to let them watch a few episodes.
“We were driving and from the back seat I heard, ‘So what’s up with this? Office stuff?’ And I was like, ‘OK, that’s a great question. We’ll cut it into bite-sized bites,’” she said.
Naturally, Emily suggested that they start with the Pilot, and in doing so, the girls were shocked, not by their father’s performance, but by how much they hated Steve Carrell’s character.
“They were watching the first episode and my oldest daughter — it turns out that she talks on screen — is talking to the screen,” he said. “So when Steve fired Jenna [Fischer] she says, ‘What are you doing? You are a horrible person!’”
As for her youngest son, Violet was able to recognize the familiar looking man on the screen and decided to do some research.
“My 6-year-old kept asking, ‘Is that you?’ And I said, ‘Yes, it is,’” he recalled.
Violet couldn’t help but point out how different he looked and eventually came to the conclusion that it couldn’t possibly be her father on the screen.
“I told her, ‘That’s me, I’m just playing a character,’ and she said, ‘That’s not you,’” she laughed.
and despite enjoying Mary Poppinsit seems the girls’ general lack of interest in their fathers’ fame applies to both mom and dad, and Emily revealed a few weeks ago that Hazel and Violet have absolutely no desire to become fans of their work.
“They really don’t want to see us on the screen,” he said. ME! News last month. “They have that ownership of us as parents. It’s not…it’s not like running to see me in a movie, which keeps you humble.”
Well, if there’s one thing about kids, it’s that they certainly keep you grounded.