Justin Theroux: ‘If you chase fame, you make bad choices’, fame ‘isn’t interesting’


Finally, we’re getting some decent interviews from Justin Theroux. I’ve been waiting for this for weeks! Justin cowrote Zoolander 2 and he’s also playing a supporting role. He’s been traveling through Europe promoting the film for weeks, but there was not an abundance of quotes from Justin. Until now! Justin chatted with Loaded Magazine and the Telegraph this week, and the quotes are decent-to-intriguing. First, I’ll give you the Telegraph’s description of his appearance: “A handsome, wiry figure, dressed in black and wearing more gold and leather hardware than 50 Cent, he stands – smiling and jangling…” Gold, leather and black. But what about the JORTS? Some highlights from the assorted interviews:

His marriage to Jennifer Aniston: “It’s a laugh a minute. When we get on a run, it’s pretty fun. There’s been a couple of times when she has brought me to my knees laughing and me her. Literally, there was one time and she did something so funny and I was literally on my knees. So yeah, it’s a fun house.”

Stupid, confident people: “I’ve always found it funny in life when you meet people who are incredibly stupid and incredibly confident at the same time. Actually, there is nothing funnier. I mean, Donald Trump is a perfect example: he’s essentially a seven-year-old on a podium. And that’s very entertaining to watch – although hopefully the joke will wear off before things get too serious, because I wouldn’t want him running things. But certainly many of the people in and around the fashion world are some of the funniest – and they’re not that dissimilar to Hollywood people, or any other industry that takes place in front of a lens.”

He was the redheaded stepchild of his academic, intellectual family: “I never felt bright. I was always conscious that Louis, who I love and adore, was riotously funny along with his father, Paul. But I was sort of the red-headed stepchild. Louis and Marcel would sit around reading Chaucer at a young age and Louis tells this story of looking up at one point to see me eating a styrofoam cup.”

He has dyslexia and ADHD. “I had this chronic hyperactivity and an inability to focus, so I was forever being moved to another class, with a much smaller group of children – some of them about 18. If I was asked to read a paragraph this white wall would go up in my head. Still now, I read very slowly and can rarely work out a tip.”

Turning down projects: “I was happy to be mainstream but I had to be interested in what I was doing, so I either turned down or didn’t go to a lot of the auditions for night-time soaps I was being offered. And thank God, in retrospect, because often the people who ended up playing those parts skyrocketed and found it difficult ever to do anything different, whereas I was always conscious that I wanted choices and options. Because when you’re young there’s often only one option, a s— sandwich, and you’re starving hungry.”

On fame: “If you chase fame, you make bad choices. Being famous isn’t interesting.” Because of the accompanying silliness? “Yes,” he nods. “And the frustration. Because then you get into this quid pro quo with the public: they’ll always say, ‘Well you wanted this,’ and I think, ‘No I didn’t.’ And by the way, I never saw people chasing John Updike down the street and wanting selfies.”

The skull on his desk: “I have a skull on my desk which I like to look at. Rather than it being macabre or dark, I see it as a very optimistic thing in that seize-the-day way. And I am actually really optimistic about life. Because although I’ve always been pretty happy, right now I’m happier than I’ve ever been.”

[From The Telegraph & Daily Mail]

When Justin and Jennifer first got together, I remember some people wondering aloud what he saw in her, considering his highbrow, intellectual family. The fact that Justin considers himself to be the “redheaded stepchild” of his family gives me a clearer picture. But I’m still not buying that Justin didn’t just reach a point in his life/career when he decided to just give in and start playing the fame game. Everything about his courtship, engagement and marriage to Jennifer was so press-friendly, and being with Aniston has opened significant doors for him. So, I don’t believe “If you chase fame, you make bad choices.” He chased fame and found a wife and a new career.


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  1. cleveland girl says:

    I saw him on the Today show … I am sorry but there is something really douchy and boring about him….not impressed.

    • Sienna says:

      Best friends with pedo Terry Richardson shows the world how douche he really is.

    • minx says:

      Yeah, I like him well enough in some earlier roles..Six Feet Under, SATC, American Psycho. He just seemed to get douchey when he hooked up with her.
      Well, he has access to a lot of money now and it seems like he can do as he pleases. Maybe that was the difference.

  2. Desertrose says:

    It sounds like his marriage is full of laughter and lightheartedness. Good for him! I’ve been a fan of his since American Psycho.

    • Sienna says:

      Yeah when they are actually together and doesn’t live in two different places.

      Jennifer never seems funny in interviews so I don’t buy the stuff that she is funny.

      • Desertrose says:

        Different strokes for different folks.

      • Tarsha says:

        cibo you have no idea who Sienna’s idol/s are. Neither do I. Maybe she doesn’t have any. Who knows. This couple are always apart. If work keeps them apart around 10 months out of 12, which it appears to do, something isn’t right.

    • Mia says:

      When are they together though? He seems to be always in NYC, she in LA even when not working.

    • Tarsha says:

      Oh, I am so sure. After all, she has no reason to doubt Justin’s fidelity, right? Oh, wait……… Yeah, I am so sure Aniston-Theroux are happy and lighthearted. Rather than both insecure and not trusting as they both know what each is capable of. How you get em is how you lose em, after all.

    • Pandy says:

      Astrologically, they are compatible. And they don’t have to spend every day together. So he is likely very happy!

  3. Locke Lamora says:

    You basically called Jennifer stupid? Lovely.

    I really liked him in this interview.

  4. DenG says:

    I am convinced that their marriage is a laugh a minute and that she brings him to his knees. And that neither of them is chasing fame. Also that he makes a great omelet. On his knees.

    • Mia says:

      He chased fame for sure. Hooked up with her & joined the acting agency. Wasted no time using aniston’s connections to book TV interviews he never did before. To book magazine shoots he never did before.

      He even now has an Instagram, posts private photos & yet claims he wants privacy?

      • Emma - The JP Lover says:

        @Mia …

        I’ll add that he gleefully got the full ‘Ken Doll’ makeover as well. I bet they even have joint bikini wax sessions at the Day Spa. He doesn’t step out in public now unless ‘The Eyebrow’ is well groomed.

  5. Micki says:

    ” I never saw people chasing John Updike down the street and wanting selfies.”
    Awww, it’s such a highbrow example I got weak knees.
    And when you marry a famous wife fame finds you. I guess he thinks it’s more elegant this way.

  6. Sienna says:

    Looool – says the man who married his sugarmama for wealth and fame.

    Frankly I find it disgraceful that Justin is not giving credit to the other co writers for this movie – I haven’t seen him mention the others at all and takes the full credit himself.

    PS: collecting skulls and garbage – this is one weird dude..

  7. dAsh says:

    He chased fame by marrying Aniston. What is he talking about? Lol. He did some film writing and did some appearances but nobody really cared about him or his work. Did he actually think he’ll be this famous, get to be the lead in a show, and be mainstream without his wife’s help?

  8. sdfsdf says:

    He left his longtime girlfriend for Aniston. Let’s be honest there is an element of exploitation in their relationship though maybe not that much. Would he be with Jennifer Aniston without the fame? Probably not though it’s hard to think of Jennifer Aniston without her fame and money. Both have influenced her so greatly. The exploitation does not seem severe especially in comparison to other relationships. Amy Schumer’s new boyfriend seems so “shady” to be me.
    Justin seems fine in comparison. With Girl on Train coming out we will learn more about him I guess.

  9. Jaded says:

    He’s such a hypocrite. “If you chase fame, you make bad choices. Being famous isn’t interesting.”

    He chased fame like a dog chasing a car.

  10. OhDear says:

    I really wish that someone (not just him, celebrities generally, esp. the really thirsty ones) would just own to the fact that he/she really wants to be famous and really likes being famous.

  11. Lucy says:

    He always looks so…greasy and plastic to me.

    • Tarsha says:

      To me, too. He looks like an orange troll doll (for those who are not old enough to know what I am referring to, google image it) made of wax.

  12. Birdix says:

    wow! I was reading the quotes, drinking the kool-aid, thinking that he seems relatable, nice, funny … then the last paragraph and my sunny reverie was dashed by a cold shower of Kaiser reality check, and almost felt a bit hungover from too much Kool-aid. Nicely done!

  13. Mia says:

    He chased fame for sure. Hooked up with her & joined her acting agency. Wasted no time using aniston’s connections to book TV interviews he never did before. To book magazine shoots he never did before.

    Never forget that photoshoot they did with the disgusting Terry Richardson, his best friend…..you know what they say, birds of a feather….
    Not too long after he left poor Heidi for fame. Aniston had the nerve to say the W shoot B&A did was insensitive & she turns around & does worse considering they were not promoting a thing.

    He even now has an Instagram, posts private photos & yet claims he wants privacy?

  14. Sixer says:

    I can’t hear a bad word about Kevin of the Lip Wobble. Kevin 4eva!

  15. Tarsha says:

    Wow, really. He chased fame. He left a beautiful woman to hook up with Aniston for fame and money. What he says and what he does, are the opposite of each other.

  16. Joanie says:

    He seems like a decent enough guy, and he’s amazing on The Leftovers.

  17. amilu says:

    I love Louis Theroux more than just about anything in the world. That is all.

  18. Lurker says:

    Is “red headed stepchild” actually a saying? I’ve never heard it.

    • amilu says:

      It is. My dad’s been saying “beat you like a red-headed step-child” (which is also a phrase — not saying he actually beat us!) since I was little. Joking, of course. I’m 37 now.

      • Lurker says:

        Thanks, amilu! I was about to cry GINGER RACISM but I’ll save my outrage for another time!

  19. pwal says:

    Not chasing fame… HA!!!!

    Never have I seen any ‘writer’, much less one writer out of several, walking the red carpet as much as Theroux does. Not even Oscar-winning ones.

    Plus dude merely adapts other people’s creations.

  20. annie says:

    I think he has become like Jennifer, talks about bull*sh*t all the time. They want to project something that they are not.

    He certainly chased fame by hooking up with Aniston. He was a nobody before even if he appeared in films.