In a candid new interview, Theroux revealed that the swirling speculations are “not true, for the most part.”
Gracing the cover of Esquire magazine, the 49-year-old shared in his profile story that he rejected tabloid reports suggesting that his and Jennifer’s desire to live on opposite coasts was a factor in their divorce. He told the outlet, “That’s a narrative that is not true, for the most part.”
Theroux then pointed out, “Look, people create narratives that make themselves feel better or simplify things for them. That whole ‘This person likes rock ‘n’ roll, that person likes jazz. Of course!’ ” He further stressed, “That’s just not the case. It’s an oversimplification.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the “Wanderlust” actor talked about his relationship with the We’re the Millers actress. He admitted, “I would say we’ve remained friends.” Detailing how they maintained a good relationship post-divorce, he stated, “We don’t talk every day, but we call each other. We FaceTime. We text.”
“Like it or not, we didn’t have that dramatic split, and we love each other,” he added. “I’m sincere when I say that I cherish our friendship. We can not be together and still bring each other joy and friendship.”
Gushing over the Friends alum, the On the Basis of Sex actor said, “Also, she makes me laugh very, very hard. She’s a hilarious person. It would be a loss if we weren’t in contact, for me personally. And I’d like to think the same for her.”
In the Esquire cover story, The Leftovers actor also revealed that he declined a leading role in the hit TV drama Lost because he simply “wasn’t interested.”
Co-creator Damon Lindelof reveals Theroux was one of the people he had in mind to portray spinal surgeon Jack Shephard on the survival series, but he politely turned down the opportunity – and the role eventually went to Matthew Fox.
“Justin looking and sounding the way that he does, instantly the town [Hollywood bosses] decides, ‘We’re going to groom this guy to be the star of a Marvel movie,’ ” producer and screenwriter Lindelof told Esquire magazine as part of a Theroux cover story.
“There’s a reason that you look at his filmography and there aren’t twenty-five movies and TV shows that he’s worked on. It isn’t for a lack of opportunity. It’s because he’s very selective about what he chooses to do.”
He added, “When we were casting ‘Lost’, he was definitely on the Jack list. He wasn’t interested.”
Instead, Theroux decided to hone his writing skills and went on to release Hollywood satire Tropic Thunder – a move which came as a shock to Lindelof.
“It was like, ‘Oh my God, Justin Theroux’s a comedy writer?’ ” he recalled.
The two would eventually find the right opportunity to work together on another TV drama, The Leftovers, in 2014, although Lindelof wasn’t sure Theroux was quite right for the main part of Kevin Garvey.
“I was like, ‘That guy is way too good-looking to pull it off,'” he remembered. “Then he came in and read, and I was like, ‘This guy is a very, very, very good actor, in spite of his good looks.'”
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