Justin Theroux is featured in the new issue of “Elle” magazine where he discusses everything from wearing the color black, to the paparazzi, acting and the tabloids.
As far as wearing all black, he said, “Whenever I put on a colored thing I feel like I’m in a costume. Like when I put on a gray shirt.”
With regard to acting, he said, “Acting is a job of permission. Someone has to give you permission to do it. But I have started to be like, ‘I only want to do things that I want to do’, and writing has afforded me the luxury. Being handed a well-thought-out, beautifully written piece of material that I don’t have to affect at all, except for performing it. It’s a joy to read something I have no desire whatsoever to change. Writing is hard.”
On the topic of the paparazzi, he revealed, “My life changed a lot. More people are like, ‘Hey, man!’ And I don’t think that’s from my role in John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I learned very quickly; Don’t ever engage with it. Just JKL. It was a learning curve, but it wasn’t as traumatic as you might expect. It’s just annoying. Occasionally you’ll get a stewardess congratulating you on, I don’t know, whatever, some three-headed baby we just had.”
Lastly, he talked of the tabloids, adding, “I can’t get over how terrible the narrative is, just how poorly written it is. It’s worse than a telenovela. It’s so dramatic. Like, ‘They’re broken up, they’re together, they’re storming out, storming in, rushing out, rushing in.’ They make every celebrity look like a schizophrenic.”