The British actress, a well-loved supporting player in “Pride & Prejudice” and “An Education,” took the lead and scored her first Oscar nomination. Four years later, Pike is courting awards attention again with “A Private War,” a film about the life of the late Marie Colvin, a war correspondent whose loss of an eye (due to a rocket-launched grenade in Sri Lanka) failed to contain her drive to document the truth. In “Gone Girl,” Rosamund Pike proved she could put herself through anything.
John Krasinski: How did “A Private War” come to you? Was it something that you always wanted to do, to play some sort of character with that level of intensity and toughness?
Krasinski: How was that, trying to get to know her through the people who knew her?
What do you do when you’re doing “A Private War”? Do you stay in that turmoil? Krasinski: People ask Emily all the time: “Did you live with that movie? Or do you pop in and out? Did you live with that character?” We are not those people.
Krasinski: And that’s not even with your kids, just yourself.
I remember day three, watching Emily do a scene with these kids. Krasinski: Absolutely. There was definitely a huge feeling of fear in a good way. I knew that the scenes would be pretty interesting, but I wasn’t prepared for them to be more beautiful than anything I could’ve written. Emily was great in the scene, but these kids were so unbelievable that when you took away their ability to speak, they were emoting some of the purest performances I had seen. But the cool thing about not being able to speak in a movie, other than with sign language, is that I left the door open to allow organic moments to happen. Are words something that not only you need as an actor, but you need as a director and editor, to sort of meter your movie?
Krasinski: She doesn’t seem like someone who would want a movie about her, do you think?
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He stars opposite his wife, Emily Blunt, in his directorial effort “A Quiet Place.” John Krasinski has enjoyed a recent career renaissance, pivoting from the sweet paper salesman he played on “The Office” to the thinking movie fan’s hunk in 2018, a star whose charisma and talent is bolstered by his obvious love for family.
Krasinski: What is it like working with an eye patch for an entire movie?
Probably because it’s a quality I feel I lack. Rosamund Pike: I think I’m very drawn to people who show tremendous courage. When you’re trying to convey somebody’s life, who’s been lost very recently and who people love very fiercely and protectively, you want to feel that you’re going to get at something that does feel truthful.
Pike: I think I can sort of go home and get on the floor and start playing with Legos.
If you don’t trust that person, there’s a much bigger chance of falling. Krasinski: Well it’s all high-wire acting.
For more, click here. John Krasinski and Rosamund Pike sat down for a conversation for Variety's Actors on Actors.
I rang [director] Matt [Heineman] in the middle of the night, and I said, “I don’t know if we can do this.” And the next morning, this taxi arrived at my door in London, and there was nobody in it, just this bag. Pike: I think I realized so quickly how painful it was to people who knew her. The message was “Keep going.” One of her friends had sent me a sweater and a jacket that had belonged to Marie.
Pike: Or you’re making yourself super vulnerable, and you’ve got to know that that is in hands that are going to hold you.
Pike: Those children trusted you; Emily obviously trusts you.
You are literally blindsided. Pike: People ask me sort of  “Could you actually see through it?” I said no. She took that disability and went into conflict zones. I think the eye patch is so core to who Marie was. We do seek those things that change the way you negotiate the world, which you must’ve felt doing “A Quiet Place,” with not being able to speak. That would kind of defeat everything. What would be the point of that?
It’s not your grief to feel, and yet, boy, do you feel it. Pike: As a journalist, I think she’s really someone who doesn’t want to be at the center of a story.

"To see her mom come up to me crying as hard as she was," Krasinski said, was "the most moving experience." He remembers unveiling that choice to Simmonds' mother.
"She said, 'I've always wanted to know what the experience was with my daughter and I finally have it,'" he said.
"It was a non-negotiable thing for me," Krasinski told Rosamund Pike of the casting during their conversation for Variety's "Actors on Actors."
Acknowledging that "A Quiet Place" was his first time directing a studio movie, Krasinski gave props to Paramount for having faith in him despite his lack of experience with visual effects or using sign language to work with a deaf actress.
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John Krasinski's debut feature "A Quiet Place" tells the story of a family with a deaf child, and the "Jack Ryan" star wanted to make sure he included a deaf actor in the film.
"I was writing a movie about a family who had a deaf child, and I know nothing about that. I needed someone to walk me through, 'What do you feel when you wake up in the morning to be the only person who can't hear in your family?'" When it came to casting Millicent Simmonds as Regan, besides the benefit of an organic performance, "the more important reason to me was I needed a guide," Krasinski said.
Simmonds' family was very open to answering all of Krasinski's questions, which lead to one of his most dramatic choices in the film — to show the audience how Regan's character heard the world by going silent when shifting to her perspective.