"It Was Just So Intellectually Stimulating And Inspiring; It Was All I Wanted To Do"
WC: And you said you did keep in touch after that.
BJN: Yeah, we kept in touch a little. We'd run into each other at, you know, Blockbuster Video, or wherever kids hang out, and over Thanksgiving break, and catch up. And I would hear, "John's in this Pepsi commercial," or I'm sure he heard about Punk'd and stuff, because, you know: high school. Word travels. And then there he was at the final callback, and as soon as I saw him, I knew he'd get the part. But, um, yeah. It's really weird. It's fantastic. Oh, I have one story about John that I haven't told anyone.
WC: Hit it.
BJN: I was talking to my parents, complaining about L.A. and not having anyone to hang out with on a weekend or something, it being an antisocial town or something. Just one weekend; I like L.A. in general. But my mom said, "Oh, you know John Krasinski feels the same way!" And I said, "Really? How do you know that?" And she said, "Oh, I read it in an interview with him." And I thought, "Okay, this is a very awkward, middleman way of learning about my friend John. Maybe we should catch up more on the set."
WC: Was it a credible interview, or had she read about it in Life & Style or something?
BJN: She read it in the Boston Herald or something.
WC: That's adorable.
BJN: "You should talk to John about that." "Good idea, Mom!" And he was on the cover of Newton magazine.
WC: How big a town is it?
BJN: Newton is 84,000, I recently found out. It is a very nice controlled environment. Very good suburb.
WC: Of Boston, I assume.
WC: I'm Canadian, I don't know.
BJN: My father is from Toronto, actually.
BJN: My brother proposed that my motto on my website be "Half Canadian, All Comedian."
BJN: That could be the headline for your piece, actually!
WC: I totally am going to use that! Credit to your brother.
BJN: And Honest Ed's was a major influence on my show-business aspirations.
WC: Nice namedrop. Do you get back to visit Massachusetts very much?
BJN: Yes. I'd say three, four times a year. My family's still very much there.