Star: Tobey Maguire’s wife told him to get a job, she’s ‘tired of his gambling’


The last time Tobey Maguire starred in anything, it was 2014’s Pawn Sacrifice, where he played Bobby Fischer. He has nothing else on his IMDB, nothing in pre-production or post-production, nothing announced. While his IMDB is littered with two-year gaps here and there, it does feel like… maybe there’s not much of a market for a Tobey Maguire-type actor right now? Still, I have no doubt that if Tobey wanted to work, he could and would. So maybe he’s just taking a break, taking some time off to enjoy his young family. Or maybe he’s just coasting on his heiress wife’s money and gambling away his days with Ben Affleck and Leo DiCaprio?

Did Jennifer Meyer bet on the wrong horse when she married Tobey Maguire in 2007? In the years since Spider-Man and Seabiscuit, Tobey, 40, has become more of a permanent fixture at the high-stakes poker games than in Hollywood.

“Tobey likes to pretend he’s both picky and proud when it comes to his career,” says a pal. “But the truth is, his phone hardly rings and Jennifer’s grown tired of his gambling.”

While his wife has gone on to establish herself as Kate Hudson’s go-to jewelry designer, Toby has earned a dark reputation, having once reportedly ordered a woman to bark like a seal for a tip at the felt table.

“Jennifer is at her wits’ end. It’s been two years since Tobey booked a gig. She finally told him to cash in his chips – and get a job.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

That “bark like a seal” story is true – that came from a Vanity Fair story about the underground poker games amongst the hardcore LA gambling set. Tobey is a serious gambler, just like Ben Affleck. And Tobey was always described as the biggest douchebag at the table, but he’s also one of the smartest players at the table. He’s made serious money playing at those underground games, so maybe he considers it his “job” now. Besides, Jennifer Meyer is rich – she comes from a wealthy family and she’s made her own jewelry-line empire which caters to that Mommy Mafia set in LA. Personally, I don’t think Meyer is telling Tobey to get off his lazy ass. As long as he’s not losing all their money, I think she’s the type to want to “keep up appearances.”


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  1. Drree says:

    Basic looking wife of a mediocre actor who doesn’t have much of a career these day.

  2. paolanqar says:

    I can’t stand him. His face is so creepy looking. He could be a serial killer.

    • Harryg says:

      I think so too! He’s very creepy looking, I don’t understand how he’s managed to get so many roles over the years.

      • paolanqar says:

        He ruined the ‘Great Gatsby’. Literally anyone else would have been a better choice.

    • Rhiley says:

      Yeah, I don’ get what she sees in him. It is one thing to be kind of unattractive but have a really great personality (which is often more attractive than physical looks) but to look so pastey and stale and be a douche canoe on top of it- no bueno.

  3. lilacflowers says:

    Couldn’t Leo find a job for him in The Revenant?

    • lisa2 says:

      Does Leo put or advocate for any of his friends to be in his movies.. I mean in meaty roles.

      • Sigh... says:

        They were in “The Great Gatsby” together. Not sure if DiCaprio *got* him the role, but…

        And his dad-in-law is a “power player” @ NBC/Universal, so one would think that in a town/industry FUELED by nepotism, if he *wanted* to work, Leo isn’t his only in.

      • Mia4s says:

        Not really I think. Lots of supporting roles, particularly for Lukas Haas. Friendship only goes so far and Leo’s in it to make money as a producer. The actor who has starred in some stuff Leo has produced? Christian Bale! They’re not friends as far as I know but Bale can bring in the crowds, unlike Leo’s crew. I may not like Leo, but I’ll gladly admit he’s not dumb in business!

      • Emilee says:

        @Mia4s Bale is also an awards-magnet, and we all know that Leo wants awards. I think he wouldn’t mind a producing Oscar if he could get one, and Bale >>> any of his no-talent friends.

    • Eve says:

      @ LilacFlowers:

      Read my comment downthread.

    • Bridget says:

      I bet he could have done a convincing job as the bear.

      • Eve says:

        Really? I don’t see it. It would like consensual sex…(being ALLEGEDLY sexually abused by that bear wasn’t what gave his Oscar campaign the boost?).

      • Bridget says:

        Tobey’s just got layers like that. Maybe Leo just didn’t want to share the spotlight, since Tobey would have definitely gone on an awards show run for his bear portrayal.

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  4. HH says:

    I only remember him as Peter Parker, so it was weird to learn that he’s douchey. That being said, in those photos, the douche factor appears to be set on high.

    • Rachel says:

      My favorite will always be The Cider House Rules. And it is hard to think of him as a douche, but those pics are definitely giving off the douche vibe.

  5. Squiggisbig says:

    I actually think people realizing he is such a huge douchebag probably hurt his career. All of his early roles were like the Tom Hanks, average nice guy characters. So once that illusion was shattered what does he really have? He’s not good looking enough to be a real leading man. And he doesn’t have the acting chops to be a strong character actor. He’s basically a less talented Steve Busciemi with better teeth.

    • JWQ says:

      Steve Buscemi knows the situation he is in, though. He knows he can’ t be a leading man, and is trying (successfully) to build a legitimate and respectable career as a character actor. I don’ t think Tobey Maguire gets that. I think he wants to be the lead and is convinced that since he was the lead in Spider Man, he should do it again. I doubt he would be willing to settle for less. Which is not smart.

      • LAK says:

        Trying? TRYING?!?!

        Steven Buscemi is TRYING to build a LEGITIMATE career as a CHARACTER actor!!!!?????!!!!

        I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about this statement.

        Next you’ll say that Judy Dench only became a star when she took on the M role in BOND and since that’s a bit part, she’s trying to fill out her resume with other bit part roles.


      • Spiderpig says:

        LAK – when I read that I went “Oh I guess he must have a son also named Steve who’s trying to become an actor.” Trying WTF?

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree – plus if he’s difficult to work with, eventually people stop calling. He had a good run for a while, but if people tire of working with him and tell their showbiz friends, they’re going to hire someone else.

    • QQ says:

      Oh Dear Jesus !!!! “He’s basically a less talented Steve Busciemi with better teeth. ” i want to make love to this quote .. is so snarky yet succint

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Oh my God. I cannot believe anyone is dismissing Steve Buscemi like that. He is fabulous, and doesn’t have to try to build a distinguished career, as he did that years ago.

  6. lisa2 says:

    There are quite a few celebs that are into High Steaks Gambling: I remember Don Cheadle and Matt Damon doing a lot of late night gambling during the Ocean movies. I find is so funny that the people you would overlook and characterize as an average JOE are the ones into this lifestyle.

  7. Birdix says:

    I don’t believe he’s not losing money… that world is intense and not for dilettantes with big bank accounts.

    • KB says:

      The girl’s book says he uses big names like Leo to bring in novice billionaires and then takes their money.

  8. Jenns says:

    He just oozes douche vibes. Never liked him.

  9. Eve says:

    But he *HAS* a job. Doesn’t he belong to Leonardo DiCraprio’s wolf pack?

    So…he could be the one holding Leonardo DiCraprio’s balls up while Lukas Haas carefully combs/shaves/licks them.

    • bobslaw says:

      Your avatar is the face I just made when reading your comment. Very, very descriptive.

    • Mia4s says:

      Hahahahahaha! Oh but @Eve you forget that Tobey committed the sin of settling down! He cannot be at Leo’s beck and call, so he gets only partial membership. Alumni benefits so to speak. Only Lukas has been steadfast!

    • Magnoliarose says:

      Naughty but agreed. 🙂

    • Betsy says:

      Color me surprised that Lukas Haas is still around. I assumed he retired to Montana or something.

  10. KB says:

    Her book said Ben Affleck was calm and steady and that he was charismatic and always limited his losses. But usually won.

    • Emilee says:

      What book are you referencing? Molly’s Game? I haven’t read it yet but I am under the impression that she didn’t name names. You’re saying that she does, though?

    • Jayna says:

      Yeah, she didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about Tobey, who although was a great player and big spender, he was a sore loser and a lousy tipper. The part where he was trying to make her bark like a seal and then taunted her and gave her an icy stare when she didn’t was gross.

      What she said about Ben.

      “Molly also writes that having Affleck involved in the games was ‘monumental’ and that ‘he was tall and handsome with a relaxed charisma that not all icons have in person.’
      But Jennifer Garner’s husband didn’t go all-in too quickly, according to the Poker Princess.
      He was ‘a smart player who liked to limit his downside,’ with his buy-in being comparatively small at $50,000.”

      • Kitten says:

        Isn’t this the same woman who told the anecdote about Affleck being asked about J Lo’s butt? I really liked Ben’s reaction to that.

        EDIT–Found it:

        “As Rick (Solomon) took a seat, I saw him focus on Ben. I saw the wheels turning,” wrote Bloom. “He had no filter.”

        Salomon asked Affleck outright, “Hey, yo, did Jennifer’s ass have cellulite on it, or was it nice?”

        “The table went silent,” Bloom recalled. “Ben looked at Rick.”

        Affleck’s response? “It was nice,” he said about his former fiancee’s famous assets.

        You can tell that Ben was uncomfortable with the question but I thought it was nice that he didn’t use the opportunity to go all dude-bro on him.

      • Pepper says:

        It’s better than what he could of said, and better than I’d of expecting given his history of sexual harassment, but better still would have been telling Rick where to go with his gross, sexist questions instead of playing along.

        He was also one of the guys who just stared at their cards while Tobey went crazy on Bloom, which isn’t great.

  11. Emilee says:

    He has minimal talent and is apparently unpleasant. He’s been left by the side of the road as the Redmaynes and Pratts of the industry take roles that might have once gone to him.

  12. Mia4s says:

    Yeah sadly she does have that “keeping up appearances” vibe.

    The fact that Vanity Fair (and others) even published the stories of his awful behaviour tells you how little heat he has these days. Plus if you’re attitude/personality sucks, once you stop making money or winning awards Hollywood is glad to see the back of you. See also: Heigl, Katherine.

    Oh and he’s 40? Well all the top roles in that range go to DiCaprio and Bale, then Fassbender and Hardy, or Cumberbatch, or…you get the idea. He’s not needed.

  13. Bridget says:

    His FIL is Ron Meyer. Makes you wonder how truly unpleasant Tobey is that he’s married to one of the most connected women in Hollywood and he still doesn’t work any more.

    I’m continually fascinated by Jen Meyer. She rolls with the absolute upper echelon of stars, and I’ve always wondered how much people actually like her or how much it’s just her dad’s influence, because she’s always seemed pretty basic.

    Yes, I’m grumpy this morning.

    • Jegede says:

      Me too.

      She’s super shallow and her clique is that whole Hollywood/famous rich kids nepotism crowd.

      David Foster’s daughters, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie

    • LAK says:

      I wonder that too.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      In Hollywood being a child of a wealthy powerbroker can give you instant access from birth. It’s very random who knows each other sometimes. There is a hierarchy according to a parent’s position in the entertainment industry. It’s like the difference between Goop whose parents are respected and inside to the Kardashians and Jenners whose father was ‘just’ a lowly notorious friend of a C lister like OJ or a washed up Olympian from the 70s. Her father is as connected as it gets.
      This means maybe he doesn’t even like Tobey or Tobey is such an impossible a-hole that he can’t even pull his powerful strings to help him.

      • Bridget says:

        There is no question that Jen is at the top of the Hollywood social hierarchy. It’s crazy.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        Yeah it is crazy and it makes me wonder about him behind closed doors. No one turns off the douchebaggery with a magic switch.

    • Pepper says:

      I’ve always thought she in part has so many celebrity friends because she creates a lot of opportunities for them to be photographed. It seems like she has some event related to her jewellery once a month or so, and while her friends are all famous, most of them peaked a long time ago and don’t work that much these days. Aniston is the only friend she has who still has a properly active acting career (and that relationship seems more like a friend of a friend thing, with Courteney Cox being Meyer’s actual friend). The rest are all people like Demi and Kate Hudson who rely on being photographed to keep their name out there, and people like Nicole Richie whose whole career is about showing up to events. She’s friends with the mummy mafia/lifestyle crowd, not the real A-listers and power players.

  14. Mgsota says:

    I was recently looking at his wife’s jewelry on her Instagram. Nothing special…at all. Who are her parents out of curiosity?

    I was looking online at Nordstrom’s sale items and every piece of jewelry I liked happened to be Nicole Ritchie’s. Her stuff is cool looking. Retro with a modern twist. Didn’t order anything though.

    • Eden75 says:

      Her dad is Ron Meyer who used to be the president of Universal Studios and I believe is at NBC now.

    • Sigh... says:

      Her dad, Ron, runs NBC/Universal Studios.

    • Kitten says:

      Yes the House of Harlow stuff can be found on Amazon as well. It’s basically just costume jewelry but it has a cool bohemian vibe with all that Aztec-y stuff. I like it too.

      • Mgsota says:

        Amazon…my addiction! I’ll have to check her stuff out on there. Free two day shipping!

  15. Brit says:

    Tobey had a pretty rough childhood, shuffling in from one foster home to the next. I remember he didn’t even know he had half siblings until his grandfather outed it to the daily mail during the spider man craze. It’s also been rumored that he cheats on Jen with hookers. Jen seems sweet so I hope for her sake and their kids sake that he gets it together

    • Squiggisbig says:

      He was not in foster care. His parents got divorced and I think he fairly regularly moved between family members which is def not ideal but seems a clear step above foster care.

    • Bridget says:

      He definitely wasn’t in foster care. For one thing, if that were the case he’d have never been a child performer, because no one would be able to give consent for his image to be used (foster children’s privacy is a big deal). Not to mention, he wouldn’t be shuttled to audition to audition. He was a very successful child performer, too.

  16. KBeth says:

    I have never understood his appeal, average actor & not even remotely sexy.

  17. Stacey says:

    “…bark like a seal.” All you gotta know.

    • Kitten says:

      Sadly, ever since I read that story that’s all I hear when I look at him. Gross.

    • Sharon says:

      Absolutely nothing else needs to be said. It tells me everything I need to know about how he feels about himself, women, people that work for him. He could be a combination of the sass of Clark Gable, the acting talent of Sir Laurence Olivier and the looks of Paul Newman and that remark would cause me to NEVER pay a dime to see him in anything again.

  18. Brit says:

    Pretty sure his own grandfather said he was in foster care after being shuffled around in the family. Maybe he wasn’t in foster care for a long time but he was in it

    • Bridget says:

      He was in a movie about foster care, but wasn’t in it himself. Again, he couldn’t have been a child actor (and he started early, like 5 or 6) and been in foster care. Not to mention that should something have gone wrong, he would have only been in foster care if his grandfather declined to care for him.

      • Spiderpig says:

        No idea about Toby but I was a child actor in primary/middle school then in foster care as a teenager. It’s possible hypothetically he could have been in foster care very briefly (like for a few months or less) — being an actor wouldn’t affect that, only that he wouldn’t have been able to work during the weeks/months he was in foster care.

  19. Barbara says:

    I have always liked Toby so the comments here are a surprise to me.

  20. Lex says:

    Why doesn’t SHE get a job?

  21. Lara says:

    I always liked him and thought he was a pretty good actor – especially in Pleasantville. But he is such a douche in the real world. Sigh.

  22. Tara says:

    He was in tons of movies before he became Spider-Man. I think after that he didn’t have to work considering the money he made and who he married. The bark like a seal thing if true makes him look like the biggest douchebag ever to take such pleasure in humiliating a server like that. I’m glad Charlize Theron called out Tobey and Tom Hardy for being difficult to work with. People love to focus on the woman as the problem, but I think she just doesn’t get along with douchebags and won’t take any crap.

  23. Dana says:

    I think people here don’t know how long he’s been acting lol. He’s a child actor. If a child actor is still acting 3-4 films a year at 40 then God help their life, but most child actors by 40 don’t need to prove themselves or make it. They can and should take breaks. Long ones. Its the problem with most 20+ actors now. All suffer from burnout. Plus this story is from Star. Don’t believe a word of it. And I believe, If i’m not mistaken, he’s producing films now. Another plus for a child actor. Find a new job or hobby.

  24. Spiderpig says:

    Someone told me an anecdote once about being at the Playboy Mansion, asking Tobey for a photo, and him taking the opportunity to jam his fingers up her vagina while it was being taken.

  25. Zaytabogota says:

    I like that his wife is the same age as him and doesn’t have plastic surgery. She’s very natural looking and looks much better for it, so many in LA have long ruined their looks by her age. I like some of her jewellery too.

    I like him in movies but it’s been years before he’s been in a good one, he was badly cast in the great gatsby and he’s always playing wide eyed types, he’d do so much better if he went for a serial killer or rapist role, he has a look and a demeanor that would be brilliant as creepy or sadistic.

    Joe Maganiello claimed Tobey was so awful one of the crew offered him 100 dollars to punch him in the face during a scene where the punch wasn’t supposed to land. That says it all really.

  26. amilu says:

    I thought he was surprisingly funny on The Spoils of Babylon. I wouldn’t mind seeing him do some more silly, small projects.

  27. Sammy_dog says:

    Tobey is looking like he had a really late night.

  28. Dial Side says:

    Many years ago I knew a friend-of-a-friend who dated him before he was married, and she had no problem talking about his physically abusive side. I was always like, “Are we talking about the same Tobey Maguire?” and took the stories with a grain of salt because, you know, he was Spider-Man and seemed too gee-whiz and wimpy to hurt anyone, and I didn’t know this woman very well. I look back on those stories now and know they must have been true.

  29. magda says:

    He was one of the producers of 5th wave, so he works, just not in a visible acting position…

  30. Dolkite says:

    I met him once and he was nice to me, though it was in an office setting, not a nightclub or a bar or casino. I was sort of shocked by his attire…my boss was a studio exec and he came to the office dressed like a homeless person: long scruffy beard, sandals, OR scrub pants, and an undershirt. He brought Kirsten Dunst with him…she was pleasant enough, but seemed withdrawn and unhappy.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      On IMDB,someone said to meet him in a production office for Great Gasby.He was nice in production but a total nightmare on set ( he needs his vegan chef,his yoga coach….) ,Dicaprio was professional and Isla Fisher was all time in late ( what Dicaprio disliked)

  31. Justwastingtime says:

    Meet him once a few years.. At a playground – he has kids – his daughter walked up to me asked if she could join my kids on a tire swing. So I asked her where her parents were and then walked over and asked if it was okay for me to put her on the swing. He looked at me as if I had just passed gas and then said yes.

    Of course I didn’t recognize him, I am notoriously bad at figuring out actors despite living in la.

    However, I did remark to my friend in the park that the little girls dad was a complete tool. She laughed and said Spider-Man

    • Tara says:

      Whoah. That’s sad and weird. I always kind of liked him, but all these stories paint a very unattractive picture… To say the least.

  32. hogtowngooner says:

    That “bark like a seal” story… I’d forgotten about that! He always struck me as kind of a smug prick, and that just confirms it. There is simply no excuse for being so disrespectful to someone trying to earn a living. If my husband ever did that to a server, I’d be so appalled that I’d haul ass to a divorce lawyer on the immediate.

    My mom always told me that you can tell a lot about a man you’re dating by how he treats his mother, and how he treats people in the service industry.