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Justin visits Jen at the hair salon on Monday (July 28).
"He just gets better every year. He’s just like a lost gem in the sand, and he’s just always been there and been brilliant, and now this is just in a different light."
Details Toasts Justin Theroux Cover
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux stepped out of their comfort zone Tuesday night at a dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel’s Tower Bar. She is normally tight-lipped when it comes to their relationship, but she let her guard down just for a bit to talk to WWD about her fiancé.
“I commend him for his courage. This is not normal for him. He’s so graceful and utterly kind and golden,” she said. Details magazine convened the dinner in Theroux’s honor to toast his August cover and his star turn on the HBO series “The Leftovers.”
“It is amazing. He’s just so beautiful and handsome to me, and I love that his eyeballs are so beautifully captured because those eyes just knock me out every day,” the actress continued, now getting poetic about her better half. “He just gets better every year. He’s just like a lost gem in the sand, and he’s just always been there and been brilliant, and now this is just in a different light.”
Theroux was surrounded by some of his best-known groupies, like Chelsea Handler and Malin Akerman.
“There’s no better cover boy than Justin Theroux,” Courteney Cox said. “He’s so handsome and cool.” Cox, who’s making a return to acting with a guest arc on the upcoming season of the cable series “Sons of Anarchy,” spent the night cozied up with her own fiancé, the musician Johnny McDaid.
Even Details editor Dan Peres was taken back by Theroux’s assets. “Have you seen the guy with his shirt off? It’s bananas, right?” he said.
Theroux said he felt comfortable on the shoot, which he helped style. “They wanted me to incorporate my style. I just brought basically old T-shirts and jeans — nothing major. It’s always a bummer when you show up to a shoot, and they’re like, ‘Here’s a pink leather [piece]’ and you’re like, ‘I don’t really want to wear that.’”
The 42-year-old, in a Dior Homme suit, said he’s starting to dress more age-appropriate these days.
“I can’t wear things that are totally ripped anymore or completely beaten to s—t. That’s a young man’s game. As you get older, you have to clean it up a little bit.” He is following up the cable series with the sequel to the cult comedy “Zoolander.”
“It looks like it’s actually — fingers crossed — going to hopefully happen now and that’ll be good,” he said. “I can’t wait for it. I think we have a really, really strong script. We’re going to acknowledge the passage of time that’s happened between the first one and the second one, and that can be rough on a model, but it’s Derek Zoolander, who’s really, really ridiculously good looking.”
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston celebrate DETAILS magazine August issue at Sunset Tower Hotel (July 15).
Justin Theroux Has A Date With Destiny
In the meantime, however, that public imagination seems likely to remain fixated on his relationship with Aniston, whom Theroux met via their mutual friend Downey on the Tropic Thunder set in 2007, reconnected with on the set of Wanderlust three years later, and finally began dating in 2011, just before the film was released. They initially bonded, he says, over shared memories of gnomes and beeswax sculptures and other accoutrements of the Waldorf grade-schooling they both received. “He and Jen fell in a real, legit fashion,” says Downey, “and he was willing from the jump to make sacrifices.” Those sacrifices are the battalions of paparazzi that hound him and Aniston, whose love life has been in the tabloid crosshairs for more than a decade. “It doesn’t feel like a hardship, it doesn’t feel difficult,” Theroux says, while allowing that he’s seen photographers topple children in their frenzy to get a shot of him and Aniston. “It can be an annoyance, but it’s not the end of the world. You have to center on what its core thing is, which is that you met someone you fell in love with. It’s hard to explain. I just find myself wondering, What’s the big fucking deal?”
"That could completely blow up someone’s life," says Krasinski of the tabloid glare. "But if anyone is built for such a bizarre shift in life, it’s Justin." Theroux isn’t entirely unfamiliar with press attention to his personal life. His mother documented so much of his childhood in newspaper columns that when she once asked him an innocuous question about their bedtime ritual when he was 5, he looked at her and said, "Are you doing this for the Post or the Times?” But embarrassing print revelations by your mother are light-years removed from the headlines he spots while walking past newsstands. “It’s always based in fiction,” he says, citing the awkwardness of being congratulated by a Leftovers crew member on the twins that one of the tabloids had announced Aniston was expecting. “You just kind of ignore it, but then you also become reluctant to say anything about the relationship. I could say everything’s good, and then it’s reflected back as JUSTIN THEROUX: EVERYTHING’S GOOD? That just creates this echo chamber, and as it ricochets around the Internet, it just gets wacky.”
"I would hate that," says Sedaris, who was once in a car with Theroux and Aniston as they tried to outmaneuver trailing photographers ("thrilling but disturbing"). "On the other hand," she says, "he’s just glowing. We don’t even need to get together and talk for me to know how he’s doing—I can see it on his face." "I think Justin’s dealt with it gracefully," says Krasinski, noting that it can be painful "to see one of your friends go through that cyclone." But, he adds, "he does get a great girl at the end."