He’s an actor and writer in his own right, but Justin Theroux reveals he’s fine with being labelled as “Mr. Jennifer Aniston.” In fact, he’s proud to bear his wife’s name.
“It doesn’t really get under my skin. It’s just one of those things that’s a shorthand for describing who I am,” the actor says in an interview with The Sunday Times.
Theroux, who appears in “The Girl On The Train” in theatres this week, has nothing but praise for wife Aniston and the way she handles life in the spotlight.
“[Jennifer] is a proper bad-a$$. She has lived through a lot of bulls***. Many people would have crumbled under some of the stresses that have been put on her. I’m very proud of her for that, for the way she handles herself. So, in a weird way, it’s an honour to stand behind her. Truly, in that sense, she’s amazing,” he says. “Jennifer knows she’s become a sort of fable in a bizarre morality play of what a woman should be.”
With the media attention surrounding Aniston’s ex-husband Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s recent split, Theroux himself must learn to look the other way.
“There are definitely times when I don’t like walking past the newsstand in the U.S.,” the 45-year-old actor says. “You start to feel like the crazy person [with the media] portraying you as if you follow that s***. When it first started happening, I’d sort of casually pay attention to it, and then I’d realize I was eating poison. Now I just avert my gaze.”
Theroux praised Aniston for penning an open letter in The Huffington Post, in which she defended herself against body-shamers and slammed the constant tabloid rumours of pregnancy.
“I was very, very proud of her for writing that,” the actor states. “It was very well written. She expressed herself beautifully.”