Theo James, star of the new series The Time Traveler’s Wife, sat down with InStyle to discuss love, life, and learning from the past.
On his past: “There are lots of things that I would change in my past,” Theo James says, through his signature irreverent smirk. “But they are too X-rated to say in an interview.”
On growing up: “I think my wife (we met in our mid-20s) if we went back there now, she wouldn’t want to hang out with that guy,” he says. “He did dumb stuff and was stupid and angry. It’s so true in a way; you evolve constantly.” “Maybe the best way to look at your past is to say that [it] kind of built you as a person,” he says with a smile. “So, maybe I wouldn’t change fucking anything, baby.”
On Parenthood: [Parenthood] “changes you in an amazing way” … “It’s discombobulating at first,” he says. “Especially with your first child because your whole life changes, but ultimately it makes you — definitely for me, at least — a much more solid person.” … “You still do all the same shit that you did before,” he elaborates. “But for example, obsessiveness, worrying about X or Y — it does calm that kind of outlook on life because it makes you realize that certain things are a bit more important.”
On how his role in TTW is different from Henry in the book: “In the book, we hear about the wild guy in his youth. There were kind of glancing references to it, like, ‘He fucked lots of people and he was an alcoholic and all these things,’ but we never see it,” James explains. “I think that is the difference here. We get to see the dick-ish, arrogant, nihilistic twat, who hasn’t evolved into the statesman or the thoughtful person that he becomes.”
On Shows he’s streaming: “Kind of conventional ones. Succession. Love that. Obsessed with that. Then I pretend to not watch Selling Sunset.”
On songs that amp him up: “I don’t have an amp-up song. But I love ’90s hip-hop, as everyone does. That’s my kind of amping-up music. And then, I was talking about this the other day, do you ever have songs that are stuck in your head, kind of, your internal jukebox? I think I’ve had Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” stuck in my head for about 20 years.”
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