John Krasinski Gushes About Wife Emily Blunt as They Head to the 2019 SAG Awards, Plus More of the Cutest Things They've Ever Said About Each Other

“Honored to be on the arm of this double nominee tonight!” Krasinski captioned a photo of himself and his wife all glammed up for the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Blunt was up for outstanding actress in a leading role for Mary Poppins Returns and outstanding actress in a supporting role for A Quiet Place.

Krasinski admitted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he was unexpectedly overcome with emotion while watching his wife portray the titular magical nanny during an early showing of the film. “25 minutes into the movie, I stood up and went to the back of the room, and Emily said, ‘Do you not like it? I’ve never seen this happen.’ And I was pushing through all the muffins and bagels that were in the back looking for napkins. I was like, ‘I need anything to stop this crying!’ I was crying so much. I blew through the tissue box in 20 minutes, had to go to the napkins, and when I ran out of napkins, it’s just all sweater.” Sweet and sensitive — *sigh*.

At the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, the A Quiet Place stars sat down with EW and revealed their favorite films the other has starred in. “Everybody keeps making fun of me for it, but The Devil Wears Prada was just one of those things where it was sort of my introduction to her,” Krasinski started off. Referencing Blunt’s roles in SicarioGirl on the Train, and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, Krasinski said simply, “there’s nothing she can’t do.”

Talking with EW, the actor jokingly predicted, “She’s gonna say she hasn’t seen anything I’ve done.” But Blunt proved him wrong, sharing, “I love him in A Quiet Place, I think he’s really stunning in it, but I loved him in Away We Go. I think he was just awesome in it. I loved his big shaggy beard and the hair and he was so authentic and funny. I think that’s one of my favorites that he’s done.”

If you think your commute is bad, just imagine how Krasinski felt when flying over 6,000 miles every weekend to see his family while shooting Jack Ryan. Although his trips from Montreal to London (where Blunt was shooting Mary Poppins Returns) were quite the trek, he only looked forwards to them. Being with his wife and daughters “is not a job or a duty, it’s something I just can’t wait to do. I can’t wait to get back to them. We always make time to see each other,” he told PEOPLE at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival on October 27. “We have been working a lot this year and we feel so blessed, but at the same time our kids come first and being together comes first,” he added.

Although he had his wife in mind when writing the script for his directorial debut, Krasinski says he couldn’t bring himself to ask her to play the role. “I got so scared,” he said. “First, that she would say ‘no,’ because that’s just gonna be an awkward dinner. But I was actually more afraid that she’d say, ‘Yes, I’ll do it for you.’” He went on to gush about Blunt and how he didn’t want to influence her decision-making process. “I’ve been next to her when she’s made all these amazing decisions and she’s without a doubt the classiest, smartest, most dedicated actress I’ve ever known,” Krasinski added. “And when you see how much she puts into every role, I didn’t want her to come to set just for me.”

Blunt ended up asking if she could read the A Quiet Place script while they were on a flight, and her reaction made for a memorable moment. “[When she finished], she genuinely looked sick,” Krasinski teased. “I was reaching for a barf bag thinking she was gonna throw up, and instead she said, ‘You can’t let anyone do this movie.’ It was like a romantic comedy, where she was like proposing to me,” he continued. “She was like, ‘You have to let me play this part.’ And I think I just screamed, ‘Yes’ on this flight.”

Krasinski, who costars alongside his wife in A Quiet Place — which he also directs — couldn’t help but gush to Vanity Fair about Blunt’s acting chops, which he says are much better than his own. “The air changes in the room when she starts doing what she does,” he said. “It’s so honest and so pure and so powerful. It’s like a superpower that she can just unlock and do so specifically with not many attempts.” He continued: “For me, I love acting, and I’m so lucky to be doing it. But she’s on another plane. This weird intersection happened while filming where I totally forgot I was her husband. I was just watching her performance and was lucky enough to be in the front row.”

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