On a scale of 1 to 10 in Hollywood paparazzi standards, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s relationship is firmly at a 10. Since their romance started in 2011 and during their engagement for the past two years, Theroux has gone from being a relatively anonymous actor-writer-director to a scrutinized paparazzi target with his famous fiancee.
But despite the fact that he can no longer go out to dinner without it making news, Theroux -- who stars in the new apocalyptic HBO series The Leftovers -- tells Details that while the glare of the spotlight can be a pain, Jen is worth the lack of privacy:
It doesn't feel like a hardship, it doesn't feel difficult. 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 f-ing deal?
Theroux first met Aniston in 2007 through mutual friend Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Tropic Thunder (which Theroux co-wrote), reconnected with her in 2010 when they costarred in the comedy Wanderlust, and began dating the following year. But while he would clearly prefer not to be on the TMZ “get” list, he’s not so concerned about losing his ability to get lost in the crowd because he knows what’s important: A relationship with a woman he loves.
"He and Jen fell in a real, legit fashion, and he was willing from the jump to make sacrifices,” Downey tells Details about the pair, who first bonded over their shared Waldorf grade-school education past (an alternative education style which focuses on hands-on activities, artistic expression, and creative play).
There is absolutely nothing normal about watching photographers knock over children in their scramble to get a photograph of the pair (which Theroux tells the magazine he’s witnessed) or seeing tabloid covers falsely claim the couple is expecting twins when they’re not even pregnant. But good for Theroux for keeping it all in perspective (even though it would be jarring for anyone).
Pal John Krasinski tells the magazine:
That could completely blow up someone's life. But if anyone is built for such a bizarre shift in life, it's Justin.
After all, when you’ve got Jennifer Aniston as your real-life leading lady, the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi won’t be far behind.
Would you be able to handle life under such a glaring spotlight?
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