Miles Teller covers the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Men’s Health magazine, on newsstands 12/29. Inside, the 33-year-old actor and star of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ opens up about his quarantine routine with new bride Keleigh Sperry, giving a voice to military men and women, and how the delay of his breakout role isn’t bringing him down.
On his postponed projects and breakout role in Top Gun on delay: “I’m not one of those people who worry about if people don’t see me every six months. I don’t feel like my career is dying. It’s going to happen when it happens and that’s fine.”
On considering whether Top Gun would be the best next step in his career: “I don’t want this to come out the wrong way, but there was a part of me that didn’t know if I wanted to be a part of something that could bring that much attention and success to me. Everybody views success differently. For me, it didn’t necessarily mean being a part of the biggest movie.”
On coming from a military family and ultimately why he took the role: “You wanna give a voice to these guys. In the wars that we fight now, our military comes from very specific parts of the country and socioeconomic classes. We’re losing that connection between civilians and military and our veterans.”
On enjoying the setting while filming scenes for Top Gun on the USS Theodore Roosevelt: “Sunsets and the stars—those have been things since the beginning of time. It reminds you there are so many people out there looking at the stars. It’s a universal connection.”
On proposing to his wife, model Keleigh Sperry, by leaving a note and a rose in a tree on safari in South Africa: “She thought at first it was a marker where someone got killed or something. Then she read the note.”
On how his relationship with wife Sperry has hardly changed during quarantine: “We just hang out. She keeps me calm. It’s pretty great…I’m with her now from when I wake up to the moment I go to bed. We have a lot of friends whose relationships got put under a magnifying glass during these times, but we are really great. Once you get married and you make that ultimate commitment, life is just a lot less stressful. You just know that person is always going to be there.”
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