How Did Emily Blunt & John Krasinski Meet? They Can Thank Jim Halpert

If I had to pick an all-time favorite fictional couple, it would probably be Pam and Jim from The Office. Are they the cutest human beings or what? Although they're made-up TV characters, John Krasinski's real-life romance with Emily Blunt is equally adorable. They're both talented actors, and seem to balance each other out really well. Since Krasinski will likely be Blunt's plus-one at the upcoming Golden Globes (since she's nominated for Best Actress for her role in Into the Woods !), I've been wondering: How did John Krasinski and Emily Blunt meet anyway?

If you've been wondering the same thing, you're in luck! I decided to investigate how this super-cute couple came to be. And of course, the story is as perfect as you'd expect. According to Krasinski, it was love at first sight. The two began dating in 2008. When Krasinski appeared on The Ellen Show in 2011, he confessed,

It was one of those things where I wasn't really looking for a relationship and I was thinking I'm going to take my time in L.A. Then I met her and I was so nervous. I was like, "Oh god, I think I'm going to fall in love with her." As I shook her hand I went, "I like you."

Krasinski also said, "It's one of those things where as soon as you meet someone you kind of know." Likewise, Blunt has said pretty great things about her husband. She told InStyle, "Meeting John really changed my life. When I feel the support that I have from him, I feel invincible."

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In case this story couldn't get any cuter, Krasinski credits The Office for helping him meet his wife. Before he was cast as Jim Halpert, he contemplated quitting acting. But because of the role, he moved to LA and that's where he met Blunt. Looking back on all that the show gave him, he said,

It's a little bit of an existential crisis after a while, because I wouldn't have met my wife, I wouldn't have been out in L.A. Truly, when I say the show has given me everything, it's given me everything.

It looks like things really worked out. Especially since their first date wasn't exactly what you'd expect. Apparently Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's first date was at a gun range! In 2012, he told Conan O'Brien:

On our first date, I decided, "I’m gonna really hit the gas and bring her to a gun range." I think that I was so sure that I would never end up with her... that I was like, "You know what, I’m gonna blow it right away and then that way you don’t feel bad."

Guess it turned out way better than he expected, huh? Just for funzies, let's imagine what went down on that back date in 2008.

John asks out Emily, but isn't sure where to take her.

As he's scrolling through Yelp to find a restaurant, he comes across an ad for a gun range.

Not a typical date location, but he thinks, Hey, why not?

Emily is a little skeptical about John's choice of a date location.

But once she gets there, she realizes it's actually pretty great.

In fact, she has a really awesome time.

Then again, anything beats working for Miranda Priestly, right?

The date ends. John is pretty sad about it.

But as soon as he gets home, there's a text from Emily saying she had a great time.

And he knows they're meant to be.

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