Justin Theroux Covers Esquire’s April-May Issue

Posted on April 15, 2021

Justin Theroux is the cover star of the new April-May issue of Esquire. This king of New York and Hollywood staple is turning 50 years old and, in Senior Editor Eric Sullivan’s story “Mr. Big Heart,” it seems he has figured a few things out. The April-May issue will be available digitally and at retail outlets by April 20.



On the pandemic life: “I don’t want to become a hermit. At all. What I’m most thirsty for now is friendship. Once that’s up and running, I’ll start thinking about the other stuff.”

On his relationship status: “All the avenues to dating are completely shut…Sounds a little old-fashioned, but I actually like to get to know someone. That’s the fun of meeting people.”

On the one pivotal relationship in his life: “There’s only one pivotal relationship in my life. My mom.”

On his relationship with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston: “I would say we’ve remained friends. 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. I’m sincere when I say that I cherish our friendship. We can not be together and still bring each other joy and friendship. 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.”

On having kids: “I don’t feel that compulsion. I don’t have a resistance to it, but I don’t have an eagerness for it. As for wanting to continue the family line, there are plenty of Therouxs in the world who can do that for me. They’re doing a great job popping out kids. It would be kind of great if I got a knock on the door and someone said, ‘Hey, I’m your sixteen-year-old kid.’ I’d be like, ‘Oh my God, it’s amazing.’”

More thoughts about relationships: “The only relationship where I think codependency should be totally encouraged is with a dog.”

On the “sweatpants” meme from The Leftovers: “It didn’t feel great. I don’t want it to happen again. But I wasn’t traumatized by it. Look, I’m not saying objectification doesn’t happen to men—of course it does. But there’s a kind of scrutiny that’s placed on women that isn’t placed on men. I have no idea what it feels like to have someone sell naked photos of me online. That kind of violation, I mean, I don’t know if I’d get over it. And it’s happened to women since forever. I think I have more sympathy for them than for myself.”


[Photo Credit: Mark Seliger for Esquire Magazine]

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