Photographic Proof That John Krasinski Is The New Glow-Up King

Samantha Sasso

Sorry to break it to longtime fans of The Office, but John Krasinski is not Jim Halpert, no matter how much we wish he was. He doesn't live in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He isn't married to a woman named Pam. And, no, he doesn't sell paper. But despite our love for the character that made him famous, Krasinski's IRL story is actually a lot more interesting.

Most Krasinski fans would say he's had a record career. He directed, co-wrote, and acted (alongside his wife Emily Blunt) in A Quiet Place. He also landed a TV show, pulled more pranks on Jimmy Kimmel, and filmed the sequel to his blockbuster hit. However, we're not here to celebrate any of that — no matter how impressive it is. We're here to acknowledge the glow-up we never saw coming.

Yes, most people would call Jonah Hill the glow-up M.V.P. of the century, but there's someone else to consider the next time you're walking down memory lane: Krasinski. Ten years ago, he was simply the lanky 20-something who was a borderline townie on TV, now he's a movie star with a really great beard. You can't deny it: He just might have the best beauty evolution in Hollywood.

Keep clicking for the photo evidence.

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The Office hadn't officially aired yet, but Krasinski had already filmed a good portion of the first season. At this point, he and Jim are one ( flipped ends included). Photo: Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.


For most of us, Krasinski was Halpert by the time everyone thought Pam was in denial and in love with Jim. Please note his haircut had to look like that for the character. Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images.


Someone found some pomade and the air-dry method. Photo: Hal Horowitz/WireImage.


Krasinski in a newscaster cut isn't our favorite, but at least he's starting to experiment. Photo: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic.
Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.


Even though the strongest reaction to Krasinski's beard doesn't come for several more years, this marks the first time the actor tested out the look. Photo: Jason Kempin/WireImage.


If you ever wanted to know what a small town paper salesman looks like when nominated for an Emmy award, here's the best example. This look — slicked back with medium hold — becomes Krasinski's signature. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.


Stubble, casual flow, and tons of volume: Krasinski officially has — some — swag by 2009. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.


Men wear makeup, too! Case in point: a bit of bronzer did wonders for Krasinski's complexion at the premiere for his rom-com Something Borrowed . (Or at least he looks like he was groomed by a Hollywood pro here.) Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.


Now it's really clear Krasinski found a groomer with the best advice: less is more (at least, in the case of hair gel). Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images.


The higher Krasinski's hair got, the more interested fans and subgroups on Reddit became. Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.


Even Krasinski had to joke about the introduction to his new look. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.


A year later, Krasinski was officially on the beard bandwagon and sporting a slight fade at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.


Do you think he takes biotin to get this facial hair so shiny? Photo: Aaron Davidson/WireImage.


Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan might not have growth like this, but Krasinski (and his character in AQP ) does. Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images.


Can we officially agree that Krasinski's scruff is his best look? Photo: Dave Benett/Getty Images.


The glow-up... is complete. PHoto: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.

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