For any child, understanding what your parents do for a living can be daunting – not least for children whose parents’ jobs include being very famous.
And it looks like John Krasinski is learning this the hard way, explaining during an appearance The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that his children are having a hard time accepting his role as an actor.
For those who don’t know, John and his wife, Emily Blunt, share two daughters: 8-year-old Hazel and 6-year-old Violet.
Speaking about the father’s life, John said the girls were very pleased with their mother’s performance Mary Poppins Returns in 2018, explaining that it gave Emily a “head start” in the main competition Who’s the Coolest Parent.
So, knowing that their mother is a movie star, Hazel and Violet obviously weren’t too keen on their father’s plans – that is. Office.
John starred in the comedy series as Jim Halpert, and although it is one of his most loved roles, it seems that the success of the show has brought a number of problems in his life.
For example, he explained that when fans come up to him on the street and say they know him from office, it may confuse his children to understand that they are not talking about his actual workplace.
“I was accompanying them to school one day when this man came and said, ‘John! From Office!’” he recalled during the interview. “He went, ‘Oh my god, it’s so good to see you!’ I said, ‘Thanks.’ And we kept walking. “
After listening in on the exchange, his daughter went on to ask if the boy was someone he worked with, to which John replied “no.” However, his answer didn’t quite cut it.
“He goes, ‘Why are you lying to me? … He just said he knows you in the office?’” John said.
Because of such a relationship, the actress said that her children have become confident that she works between 9-to-5, and that their mother, a movie star, has made the decision to live with another boy.
“My children thought that she had married me for help, like, ‘You’re too good to be married to an accountant!’ It’s good,’” he said with a laugh. “Because they don’t know what I do.”
But, it’s funny, it seems that the girls are not satisfied Office it’s not for lack of trying.
After Hazel and Violet recently expressed 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 backseat I heard, ‘So, what’s wrong with this Office thing?’ And I was like, ‘Okay, great question. We will cut it into bite-sized pieces,” he said.
Fortunately, Emily suggested they start with the Pilot, and as they did, the girls were surprised – not by their father’s performance – but by how much they hated Steve Carrell’s character.
“They were watching the first episode and my boss – who came out as an on-screen speaker – is talking on the screen,” he said. “And so when Steve fired Jenna [Fischer] he goes, ‘What are you doing? You’re a bad person!’”
As for her youngest, Violet was able to see a man who looked like her on the screen and decided to do an investigation.
“My 6-year-old kept asking, ‘Is that you?’ And I said, ‘Yes, it is,'” he recalled.
Violet couldn’t help but notice how different he looked, and eventually, she came to the conclusion that it couldn’t be her father on screen.
“I said, ‘That’s me, I’m just playing a character,’ and he said, ‘It’s not you,'” he laughed.
And despite the fun Mary Poppinsit seems the girls don’t like their parents’ fame which works for both mum and dad, with Emily revealing a few weeks ago that Hazel and Violet have absolutely no interest in being fans of their work.
“They don’t really want to see us on screen,” he told E! News last month. “They have our values as parents. It’s not—they’re not like running to see me in a movie, which keeps you humble.”
Well, if there’s one thing about children, it’s that they keep you calm.