How Emily Blunt Saved Her Relationship With Husband John Krasinski

They refused to talk about one topic

Updated 03/02/18

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If you've ever wondered what your favorite superstar couples talk about all day, rest assured they do more than just sit around and bask in each other's awesomeness. In a recent interview, John Krasinski revealed that, in fact, the key to his and Emily Blunt's successful marriage is avoiding talking about their celebrity status as much as possible. The 13 Hours star said Blunt, who already had a Golden Globe Award and had stolen the show in The Devil Wears Prada by the time they met, banned all talk of her fame from the get-go.

"When we first started dating, that was weird. I remember she'd done this Vanity Fair cover with Amy Adams, Jessica Biel and a couple of other people—'young up-and-coming hot Hollywood' or whatever—and that issue was in my living room when we first started dating," Krasinski recently told Playboy. "I was definitely aware of [her fame], probably in a way that could have been extremely unhealthy if it wasn't for how insanely down-to-earth she was. I remember being at my house and saying to her, 'So I just want to have this really honest conversation. I think you're one of the best act—' I didn't even get out 'actress.' She went, 'No, no, no, no!' very loud. We didn't have that conversation again for a really long time, and it saved our relationship." He added, "We got to have a very removed existence, because we just looked at it as though we were two people who had fallen in love, rather than two Hollywood celebrities who'd met each other."

Krasinski, 38, spoke about how he and Blunt, 35, who married in Italy in July 2010 and are parents to daughters Hazel, 4, and Violet, 20 months, have defied the expectations people have about relationships in Hollywood. "I remember people saying, 'Wow, for Hollywood you guys have been together forever.' And I was like, 'What does that mean?' I mean, I would say nine years is average for most people. I'm a son of two people who have been married for—man, is it going to be 45 years this year?"

The actor also opened up about the anxieties he had about working with his wife on the upcoming horror film A Quiet Place. "I think the scariest thing is that I didn't want to let her down. I was so moved when she said, 'You can't let anybody else do this movie. I have to do it.' It really was the best compliment of my career. I respect her and her choices and her class and her taste. That sounds like heady actor babble, but it's true," he said. "Working with her on A Quiet Place, I didn't want to get to the end and be like, 'Whoops, I duffed that one.' It was just a constant awareness and making sure the movie was as good for her, if not better, than it was for me."

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