Justin Theroux isn’t intimidated by his wife’s success: ‘We’re not in competition’

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The third and final season of The Leftovers has started. Is it any good? Are you guys getting all of the answers you wanted? Justin Theroux is still giving interviews – or rather, his interviews are still being published – to promote the final season. Which is why he spoke to Esquire’s May issue. I feel like Justin doesn’t give as many interviews as he should. Like, he’s an intelligent guy, he’s got a sense of humor about himself and he’s married to one of the most famous women in the country. He should talk to magazines more often, I think. You can read the full Esquire piece here. Some highlights:

Why he doesn’t write the scripts for The Leftovers: “I couldn’t write one of these scripts. I would go right for the fart joke.”

The timeliness of the storylines: “That unease people are feeling on both sides of the political aisle makes our show make a lot more sense. We had that same low bass, like, ‘Sh-t, something’s about to go wrong.’”

He was working in Berlin on Election Day. Theroux remembers being struck by how the German film crew reacted that day: “They told me, ‘This doesn’t feel like 1944, but it does ring bells of 1939.’”

He doesn’t think much about the future: “It causes me major stress”

Struggles with ADHD. “It made school harder. You become sort of a loser because you can’t excel. But [ADHD] gave me other tools, because I would listen instead of read. I was able to hear the musicality of conversations. That’s helped me write dialogue.”

Being married to someone super-famous: “A friend once told me, ‘Another you has been born, this insane person who’s constantly breaking up, getting back together, having a baby, losing a baby.’”

He might work with Aniston again: “We were talking about an idea I had that we might start to develop together”

He has no marriage tips: “I’m not giving any marriage tips. I am no brighter than any man.”

Whether he’s intimidated by Jennifer’s success: “Not at all. She’s successful for a reason…. We’re not in competition.” Pause. “If I was competing for the same job as her, I might be less forgiving.”

[From Esquire]

Is it weird that I sort of buy that Justin isn’t intimidated by Jennifer’s wealth or success? I’m sure he probably gets jokes from friends about being a kept man, or having a sugar mama, but Justin has always seemed to just shrug it off. I think it helps that he was a working actor for years before he met Aniston and it helps that he actually likes her lifestyle a lot. He moved to LA for her and they have a huge mansion and he likes that. He likes that he could move over to her agency, CAA, and that he’s up for bigger parts now just because of being married to Jennifer. So, yeah, I don’t think he’s intimidated.

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  1. mia girl says:

    To answer the first question…

    YES! So far season 3 of the Leftovers is great. And it seems to be setting things up to get even better. Loving it!

    • LadyT says:

      It’s a great show with an interesting story and superb acting. Loving it. I’m glad I gave it a shot. I didn’t know he could actually act—I just knew privately he dressed like hell (black Jorts on the beach, pistol necklace, always with the biker boots) and married Anniston.

      • booRadley says:

        hands down one of the most interesting, intriguing, mind-blowing, totally confusing f-’d up, amazing shows I have ever seen. ever. period. end of sentence. and he is great in it.
        he is not a kept man, he is a man to keep up with.

  2. Jenns says:

    Is it any good? -YES! They pulled off a three season long Perfect Stranger “joke” perfectly. And it ended up being a sad and touching moment. Plus, Wu-Tang tattoo.

    Are you guys getting all of the answers you wanted? – NO! But this show is not about getting answers. Lots of things are a mystery and that’s part of why the show works. I don’t need or really want to know why people departed.

    Justin is so good on this show. And he needs to stick with his Kevin Garvey looks. He is so hot on the show that it’s almost distracting.

  3. doofus says:

    I don’t think he’s intimidated, either…I think he loves every minute of it. and why not?

    he’s got a (I know not everyone feels this way so please spare me the “Maniston” comments) hot wife, a nice lifestyle, and doesn’t have to work if he doesn’t want to.

    and I REALLY like that he didn’t give marriage tips. I have no problem when people say “well, this is what works for US” without being preachy, but he didn’t even go there. me likey.

  4. kNY says:

    He looks like Mac from It’s Always Sunny these days.

  5. Crackfox says:

    Justin isn’t a kept man. Yes, Jennifer has A-List name recognition and Friends checks, but Justin stays busy. He’s am actor, writer, and producer. He’s been in the game for a long time. Give The Greasy Man some credit!

  6. Jessica says:

    I think they compliment each other quite well and I think she was smart to wait (what 5 years) before they got married. I actually think they’ll may make it. I did finally see the movie they did together and it’s hilarious. Jennifer Aniston has a lovely eye for real estate deals and a man would be lucky to have her.

  7. Dex and Destruction says:

    I know we’ve already talked about her dress but, after seeing it again, I realized what vibes it was giving me. It looks like her dress got caught in car door when it closed and when she started to walk, it ripped that hole in the bottom.

  8. Natalie says:

    I think they are so cute together and a great match.

  9. Pandy says:

    I think they probably get along very well together re having a sense of humour. That’s a big plus in a marriage imho.

  10. QQ says:

    UH LOL why should he Be he is a better actor than her, Super connected as well, ambidextrous in that Hello he can write too, I Mean he’s good, he isn’t playing second Banana to Rachel

  11. v says:

    Am sure his friends know the value of him to throw around he is a kept man unlike you Kaiser as you are blinded by jealousy. are you serious about the sugar mama comment? she is older than him only 2yrs and 6months. if that the case then Angelina too had a sugar daddy too until brad dumped her.

  12. TQB says:

    I really want this headline to read: “Justin Theroux Isn’t Intimidated By His Wife’s Success, But Does Hate Your Stupid Sexist Question.”

  13. Mannori says:

    he’s odd. he started morphing into Mickey Rourke after all the work he’s done and continuously does to his face and hair. I find him to be way too obsessed by his own image to be taken seriously professionally.
    Probably the only competition he has going on with his wife is about who gets to spend more time in front of the mirror before going out trying outfits and about the use of expensive products on hair and face.

  14. crazydaisy says:

    Until I started watching The Leftovers last winter, everything I saw or knew about Justin Theroux was from this website. So I was surprised to find out he is a really good actor, and quite handsome in motion on the screen! Now, from the few interviews I’ve read since Season 3 came out, I also think he sounds clever, intelligent and appealingly self-deprecating. Also, tattoos. So suddenly, I like him! He’s not stuck-up, he’s not a pretender. A little vain, sure, but he’s got that humble side for balance, and besides: he’s an actor—what do you expect? I’m glad if he and Jenny are happy together, and that they seem mature enough to feel supportive vs. competitive toward each other. Nothing shade-worthy here. And the show is great TV.

  15. Kath says:

    I really like the fact that these two adult, fully-developed humans found each other in their mid-40s, married, and have a great life. Neither is a struggling actor in their 20s/early 30s, which is usually when jealously about one person becoming more successful than the other might rear its ugly head (see: Ryan Phillippe).

    • tracking says:

      I hadn’t thought about this, but it makes sense. Both mature enough to roll with all the Hollywood BS, and with a similar sense of humor too to laugh it off. Hard to be optimistic about a Hollywood match, but it would be nice if they lasted. He definitely comes across well in interviews and, man oh man, is the Leftovers fantastic.

  16. Louise177 says:

    Not trying to be funny but what success? Jennifer is A-list gossip/tabloid-wise but a C+/B- actress. Most of her films are modestly successful, critically and financially. Her biggest films are ensemble or she plays the wife/girlfriend of a bigger male star. True that there are very few stars that bring people to the theater but people really don’t flock to her movies. I think the divorce was the best thing for her career. Otherwise she would be like the rest of the Friends cast – working but nothing significant.

    • Felicia says:

      I think it’s fairly safe to say that with a net worth estimated between 150-200 million at 48 yrs old, she can be called successful. Rather than frittering her $ away on stupid things (see Depp), she’s made some very smart investments. Real estate, various companies including Living Proof which was recently sold, no doubt for a significant profit. She could have gone the endorsement route on those products and taken a one off check. Instead, she invested in them, used the “Rachel hair” (agree with it or not, it exists) recognition to boost Living Proof by being their frontwoman, and then pocketed what was, at the least, a 100% return on her investment. She’ll probably do the same with Smartwater at some point.

      Very hard to call that “unsuccessful” by any yardstick. We should all be such abject failures ;)

      • Carmen says:

        Her movies were modestly successful. The bulk of her wealth came from residuals from Friends which she collected for ten years before they stopped coming in. The majority of her income now, as someone said above, probably comes from dime store shampoo and lotion commercials.

      • Felicia says:

        That is incorrect. There is no cap on the length of time that residuals are paid. And the cast of Friends negotiated a backend deal where they each receive 2% of the revenues generated per year. Figures online put that revenue for WB at 1 billion dollars a year and that each of the principal cast members is still getting 20 million a year.

        Living Proof is hardly “dime store shampoo”. She invested in the company “significantly” as the press releases stated at the time. It was recently bought by Unilever who describe it as a “prestige brand”. I’m sure the offer was atttactive enough to want to sell. That doesn’t sound like “failure” to me.

        I don’t know what your benchmark for being successful is, but being able to never work a day in your life unless you choose to by the time you’re 48 (or rather, probably much earlier than that), making sound business decisions with your money, getting paid millions for endorsements that probably take up maybe two weeks of your time a year to film sounds like a pretty successful place to be to me.

  17. Wilma says:

    He’s one of the few people I like more and more with each interview he gives. He really manages to walk the tight rope that his wife’s fame brings with it. His answer to questions about the Jolie-Pitt divorce spring to mind and this interview is great too.

  18. Lotta says:

    I don’t see why he should be jelous of her sucess. Yeah, she has more money and fame then he does but he is the better actor as well as being a screenwriter. I loved Aniston as Rachel and she was OK in Caked but most of her other films are the kind movies that I only see if some TV-channel are showing them and I’m to tired to look for something else. I have never went all the way to the Cinema to catch when of her movies. Not ever.
    She really should go back to TV because she is really great in comedies like friends. She really has god timing which is so important with comedy. A lot of good actors are making TV-series and I think it often gives good scripts for actresses that are considered “too old” for movie industry.

  19. nikko says:

    Has anyone notice that Jen seems to be happier now that Brad and Angie split. I’ve notice in a pics she is always smiling and her face looks happy. I wonder….