John Krasinski opens up about how saving a drowning girl changed his life

In a recent interview with Playboy magazine, the actor-director opened up about the incident that changed his life once and for all.

                            John Krasinski opens up about how saving a drowning girl changed his life

John Krasinski officially became an action hero when he played the character of a globe-trotting CIA agent in movie Jack Ryan, but the actor was actually saving lives way before he even became famous.

In a recent interview with Playboy, Krasinski talked about saving a woman's life when he found her drowning, and how the incident completely changed his life.

As a teenager, Krasinski spent his days in Costa Rica for six months after he graduated high school. He lived with a Costa Rican family who helped him with his Spanish and worked as an English teacher, “so it was anything but a cool, pura vida Costa Rica experience,” he joked.

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Actor John Krasinski speaks onstage during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_014 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images )

“One of the places I went was this amazing beach called Manuel Antonio that I didn’t realize had an insane riptide,” he explained. “While I was swimming there — this is a story I’ve never told anybody — this Costa Rican girl and an American guy were swimming right next to me, and we were knee-deep. I went underwater for a second, and when I came back up he was screaming at the top of his lungs. Literally in three seconds the girl had been swept 150 yards out.”

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Actor John Krasinski speaks onstage during the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Fortunately for him, his mother, who was a lifeguard by profession, had taught him to swim at a very early age. “In that moment, I didn’t ask anyone. There was no one to help me. I just went out and tried to save her,” he said.

“And then of course when I got out there, I was in a crosscurrent with her. It was one of those moments of ‘Oh my God, you just made a poor choice and it might cost you your life.’ ” But not for Krasinski. “It was just this survival instinct. It was really weird — like the girl was asking me to let her die. But I got her back.”

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Director John Krasinski speaks at the 'The Hollars' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 29, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)

The actor, who had never shared this story before, went on to open up about how the incident changed his life completely. “Granted, not everybody needs to have life-or-death experiences, but that changed my entire life. All of a sudden I grew up,” he said.

Living abroad also helped with his adjustment to college life. “When I got to Brown, I remember kids calling their parents and saying, ‘I miss home’ and ‘I’m lonely,’ which I totally get, but I was so far beyond that,” he said. His time in Costa Rica “just ripped all the protective layers apart and allowed me to get hurt.”

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Actress Emily Blunt (L) and actor John Krasinski arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for smartwater)


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