“The Spy Who Dumped Me” star Justin Theroux covers the July/August 2018 issue of Men’s Health Magazine photographed by Ben Watts.
On his new movie The Spy Who Dumped Me: “This little bonbon popped up and I love Mila (Kunis) and Kate (McKinnon), so I was like, ‘Yeah let’s go to Budapest and do this. I get to shoot things, blow things up, and be a spy for a while.’”
On picking his projects: “I learned – not early, but at some point – if you do the things you like to do, you’ll produce better work. When you’re doing things you don’t want to do, the work suffers. How could it not? I gravitate toward the next thing I think I’ll enjoy, as opposed to things I think would be smart to do, or a good career choice.”
On his Mom, who he calls his ‘hero’: “She’s a stud. She did a collection of eulogies under the idea that it’s a shame that such beautiful things are written when the person’s dead. It would be nice if that sort of kindness could be shown to people when they’re alive.”
On handling situations that aren’t working: “I get up and do what I do. When I do things I don’t necessarily want to do, or I get stick in a situation where I’m like, ‘Oh, this was not the best choice,’ I’m still aware there’s something to be gleaned from that experience. You have to just find some nugget that makes it worthwhile. Otherwise you’ll completely give up. Bad work experiences are instructive: (A) what I shouldn’t do again; (B) how things are done wrong and how I can do better.
On his go-to work out – boxing: “People get pissed, get emotional, and that’s kind of the point of sparring: Keep breathing, remain loose, not tense.”
On not having a bucket list: “In ideal circumstances, the bucket list just starts to happen if you’re leading your life well. I happened to be driving past a skydiving school once and decided to go skydiving. It wasn’t anything I had planned. I always wanted to ride a motorcycle across Europe. I’ve done that three times now. There’s nothing I’m dying to do. Nothing gnawing at me. There are things I know I will do. I just don’t know what they are yet.”
On how he chooses his tattoos: “I don’t put a lot of thought into mine. There are a lot of people designing their own tattoos who are frustrating a lot of tattoo artists. I’m real easy. I’ll go in like, ‘What should we do?’ ‘I dunno, what do you wanna do?’ So it’s kind of when the mood strikes.”
[Photo Credit: Ben Watts/Men’s Health Magazine]