You can't do anything to be funny. That's cringeworthy. If your humor comes out of a place of love every time, you don't make the joke bigger than you. The funniest comedians are in touch with their emotional level.
I had never taken acting at Brown to be the beginnings of a career. I always did it just for fun.
I'm a huge classics fan. I love Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger. I'm that guy who rereads a book before I read newer stuff, which is probably not all that progressive, and it's not really going to make me a better reader. I'm like, 'Oh, my God, you should read To Kill a Mockingbird.'
I'm that sort of weird guy who will watch a movie almost every day if I can.
'The Office' is not one of those things you move away from. I don't want it to go away.
I've made a lot of mistakes in my life. And I'm really sensitive, so I take even small mistakes as huge ones.
I had done one failed pilot. I remember, when it failed, I was like, 'Oh my God, how does someone survive this? That's it - that's the end of my career; it's over.'
I definitely had fun being a waiter. I can't say for sure that I was a good waiter. I think that I made people have a good time.
I love feeling strong. You pick up your daughter with ease while everyone else makes a little grunt when they pick up their kids.
When I got to college, as I was walking across campus one day, I ripped off a little flyer for this sketch-comedy group. It ended up being one of the greatest things I've ever done.
I want to start a Dunkin' Donuts in Los Angeles. I already have the perfect location picked out. It would be the old Tower Records buildings on Sunset.
All relationships are a learning experience, even ones you continue to be in. If you don't see them as that, then that's a problem.
I held down as many jobs as I could find, from being a waiter to working at a yoga studio and as a ticket-taker at a small theater company - anything that would allow me to go out and do auditions.
There's the push and pull you put on yourself and the push and pull the world puts on you. Most of the time, the world's going to win out, because it's just logical that you should be more successful and more motivated. You can always be more.
By being a waiter 100 percent, I think I was a lot like any other actor in New York. I had credits because I'd work lunches during the week, and then on a Wednesday would go be lucky enough to be in a movie like 'Kinsey.'
You can never perfect a relationship, and you can never perfect yourself to be in a relationship. You're always going to be changing, and you hope it's for the better.
For me, there are worse things than being pigeonholed as the nice guy.
It's funny: I've always had the analogy of a snow globe, that Hollywood is a snow globe. No, it's true. If you shake it up, you can look at it and really enjoy it. But don't ever go in. Don't ever buy into it and be like, 'I deserve all of this!' because it can go away at any time, so just have a lot of fun.
I was a waiter before 'The Office,' so to me, this was a winning lottery ticket. Everything about my life has changed.
Each cast member brings their own vibe and antics to the set. You're constantly surrounded by fun loving people who can make you laugh in their own way.
I credit NTI, truthfully, with everything as far as where my head is and what my goals are and dreams are. I would say it was probably one of the most influential moments of my life, being there.
For me, 'Arrested Development' is the cornerstone of recent television comedy. It's so incredibly flawless and perfect.
My name was originally John Collins, but I just didn't think it had the flair I needed. I found out the poet laureate of Poland was named Krasinski and so it seemed like a shoe-in for show business.
Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people. Not that I'm one of them. I just sorta sneaked in under the radar.
My parents and my brothers and their wives are incredible and formed me as a person long before I got to Hollywood.
I'm not looking to do 'Half Nelson' next, but to play anything that's a little more complex is really fun.
The things we always disengage with are one-sided stories or one-sided characters. They're very boring. When you feel like you're being hit over the head, you disengage.
It looks like I've been smart about it, but truly, I've been incredibly lucky to have the right people notice me and want to work with me.
Bizarrely, on movie sets, they don't really dig it when you look in the camera, which is a bizarre fact.
I learned that the best way to work is to allow the scene to live on its own before making major adjustments, whether in rehearsal or on film.
I used to make fun of my friends who had BlackBerries. And I know that the expression CrackBerry has been going around, but now I fully understand it. I'm actually addicted to a piece of machinery, and that's really embarrassing.
I've always loved those movies where somebody really wants something, and then the thing they want is right in front of them.
Trophies and medals have never meant much to me. I've had amazing experiences, which let you feel like you've accomplished something.
I admire him so much; if I was ever going to have a dude-crush, it would be on George Clooney. I mean, I don't think you can avoid it. It's like a superpower - he just sucks anybody in around him.
There are always roles that seem enticing that you can't do because of scheduling.
People aren't throwing themselves at me, but I also don't go out very much. Like, when I do go out, it's for breakfast, so it's a little hard to throw yourself at me during breakfast.
I think we all get into situations where we don't know how to proceed, and those are really the scariest moments that we have, but that's also what makes us 'grow up' and learn a lot about each other.
I don't go out - ever. I'm lucky enough to have awesome friends, and we always end up at someone's house. We're big house-party guys.
I'm not trying to be the triple threat guy. I'm still working on this one threat; acting.
A good part's a good part. You can play serious and funny moments with a well-written role.
I wanted to be an English teacher. I wanted to do it for the corduroy jackets with patches on the side. When I got to college, as I was walking across campus one day, I ripped off a little flyer for this sketch-comedy group. It ended up being one of the greatest things I've ever done.
It's definitely particular to each situation, but whether it is a long history or someone that you're intimidated by or someone that you didn't think you ever had a shot at, at the end of the day, I think we're all living through high school, every day.
David Foster Wallace, in my opinion, is one of the greatest writers we've ever had, certainly in the last twenty years. His obvious dominance of the English language is partnered with honest moments and the most beautifully dark sensibility.
I know I'll never be put in the position of making the adulterous mistake, but there are mistakes along the way that are as complicated, that get blown out of proportion because you're not willing to admit that you've made them.
I'm really not feeling one way or the other with comedy or drama, I'm just sort of doing projects that I've been finding really fun to be a part of.
If you did go to high school and then college, there's definitely a solidarity with someone that is from your hometown and knows your mom and all that stuff.
I've never been someone who dates all that much - I'm more of a serial monogamist.