John Krasinski on Date Nights and Raising Daughters with ‘Amazing Wife’ Emily Blunt: ‘It’s Important to Preserve Your Relationship’

08/25/2016 at 05:05 PM ET

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If there’s one thing John Krasinksi knows, it’s that he is a fortunate man in both his professional and personal life.

“If we aren’t working, we’re at home with the kids,” The Hollars star, 36, says of the dynamic he shares in raising daughters Violet, 9 weeks, and Hazel, 2½, with wife Emily Blunt. “We raise our kids, and we’re very important and present in our kids’ lives.

“But at the end of the day, it’s important to preserve your relationship,” he continues of the balance he and Blunt find between being parents and being husband and wife. “It’s really fun because I have an amazing wife who also will go out on dates on me. We do one date a week at least where it’s just us.”

When asked what their date nights consist of, Krasinski has a pretty straightforward answer.

“Just go to dinner and talk, it’s really easy,” The Office alum says. “We don’t need much. We just go to dinner and talk and have no baby talk.”

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The actor shares that he’d eventually love to do a project with his wife, but clarifies that it would have to be one “where the headline isn’t that we’re doing a movie together — it’s got to be a story that’s bigger than that.”

He also praises Blunt, 33, for being a working mother, sharing that the balance of working and being present for their daughters is challenging for both of them, but that he is thankful Hazel and Violet have her to look up to.

“What we’re trying to do now is space it out so that one of us can always be with the kids so there’s a little more calculation of what we do,” he explains of how their project choices have changed since he and Blunt became parents.

“But for the most part … I’m also biased, but I’m also so proud to know that my daughters are going to grow up knowing that their mom is an incredibly hardworking, wonderful woman.

“I think that’s really important for my kids,” the 13 Hours actor continues. “So that fact that Emily sometimes is like, ‘Oh man, it’s so hard to go to work and leave them behind,’ it’s like, yeah, but one day they are going to look up and say, ‘She went to work, and it was great.’ ”

The dad of two is open to anything his daughters pursue, both professionally and otherwise, and understands that his role in their lives is to be supportive and encouraging.

“My whole job as a dad is to try and understand and identify what they want and support them in whatever that is,” Krasinski says. “And that goes across the board with what they want to do and what they want to wear, where they want to go to school, [whom] they want to marry. To me, I think the best thing you can do for them nowadays is just support them in what they believe and what they love.”

The actor, who will soon appear as Tom Clancy‘s iconic Jack Ryan character in an upcoming Amazon series of the same name, admits that it’s nice to have the time off before he starts shooting his newest project to spend at home with his daughters.

And just like his date nights with Blunt — whom Krasinski admits he’s jealous of, since she will be playing the titular character in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns and therefore will be “like a superhero” to Hazel and Violet — he likes to keep things simple and genuine.

“The truth is, I love really simple quiet times with my daughters,” he says, adding that even though parenting has turned his world upside down in the sense that you don’t really have much time for yourself anymore, it’s worth the sacrifice.

“You can’t switch off anymore. You can’t just say, ‘I’m going to take a break, you watch this child and I’m going to go watch TV,’ ” Krasinski admits about the difference between having one child and two. “You’re always on duty. It’s a whole new thing to not have any time for yourself necessarily.

“But at the same time, all the clichés are true,” he continues. “So yeah, you don’t have any time for yourself, but you have all this time with these wonderful, beautiful people that you never would have gotten to know otherwise.”

For more from John Krasinski, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Jen Juneau with reporting by Jodi Guglielmi

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DaisyMoon on

His wife was hilarious (imitating her nurse) on Ellen after the first baby…

LilahK on

I love these two! So glad that they found each other.

Elly McDonald on

He doesn’t say it explicitly but I think it may be implied in there that his kids’ mom is not only hard-working (most moms work hard) but is using her amazing God-given talents to express herself in the wider world and retain her identity outside of being a mom, along with her income-generating capacity. I for one am so happy to Emily Blunt continues in lead roles on screen for our entertainment. May Poppins Returns should be a blast🙂

Dajoka on

They are so cute together andthey seem pretty normal by Hollywood standards.

Katie on

When we had our children, we had no family in the area, nor did we know very many people for the first several years, but we managed to have date night by having a night when we had a special meal after we had put the children to bed at 7:30 or 8:00, then spending time focused on talking together about us. We always remembered we were a couple first, and would be again, and that the children were very important, but not more than maintaining our relationship. We didn’t have money to go out, but we found a way to have that special time. I think it is wise to do so, and it takes away nothing from the children, in fact I think it refreshes the parents so they are are able to better meet the needs of their family.

gracie on

Both John and Emily come from strong, family focused backgrounds. They seem to share the same values and both are close to their parents and siblings. That is a good, strong base to build a successful marriage upon.

Anonymous on

It’s so refreshing to hear a man say how much he values maintaining the relationship, especially once children hit the mix. Too many men just don’t give a crap and become lazy about maintaining a “romantic relationship” and fall into the rut. They become lazy and too comfortable with living like roommates as opposed to husband and wife.

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