You never know when someone will have a profound influence on your life. This is something John Krasinski knows all too well. In an interesting twist, Krasinki caught the acting bug after his former high school classmate, actor B.J. Novak, invited him to star in a school performance.
The friends — who grew up outside of Boston and attended Newton South High School together — first met through Little League. “B.J. and I had known each other since we were 13, when we played on the same Little League team — the Orioles,” Krasinski explained, according to The Patriot Ledger.
As for how Novak inspired Krasinski to get into acting, that was a twist of fate. After Krasinski made the decision to give up high school sports, Novak asked him to participate in an annual parody of their high school and faculty. “He asked me to be one of the leads,” Krasinski recalled. “I remember saying that I couldn’t act, but B.J. said, ‘Just trust me,’ and then he said, ‘I think you’re funny.'”
Later on, when Krasinski was studying at Brown University to become an English teacher, he decided on a new career path after coming across an audition flier for a sketch comedy troupe. “It was because of that high school experience that I thought, ‘Maybe this will be fun, too,'” Krasinski said. “And it was.”
The best part about this whole thing? Krasinski and Novak later co-starred on The Office together.