Man of the mo­ment

Justin Th­er­oux may be tightlipped about his re­cent se­cret wed­ding , but he’s happy to talk The Leftovers, MICHELE MANELIS re­ports

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AS soon as Justin Th­er­oux re­turned from his Bora Bora hon­ey­moon with the mis­sus, Jen­nifer Anis­ton (af­ter their Au­gust 5 nup­tials), he was back on set in Texas shoot­ing the sec­ond sea­son of The Leftovers.

“Who told you I got mar­ried?” he jokes, when of­fered con­grat­u­la­tory pleas­antries on his se­cret wed­ding.

It was re­ported that Th­er­oux had said some of the fun was di­min­ished dur­ing the plan­ning stages be­cause it had to be kept un­der wraps.

“I want to cor­rect that by say­ing that ev­ery part of it was fun,” he says.

“Noth­ing was not fun. It was more like the fact that most peo­ple have the ben­e­fit of be­ing able to talk to all their friends or con­sult peo­ple with how they want the wed­ding to look and be, and that’s part of the fun of mak­ing a wed­ding.”

Th­er­oux closes the talk on his per­sonal life, far more ex­pan­sive when it comes to talk­ing fu­ture plot­points of the award-win­ning se­ries.

“Last sea­son was grief and loss-ori­ented and this one is more spir­i­tual, ag­nos­tic and in­ter­est­ing in dif­fer­ent ways,” he says.

Sea­son two of The Leftovers, which fol­lows the af­ter­math of a global cat­a­clysm that re­sults in the un­ex­plained dis­ap­pear­ance of 140 mil­lion peo­ple, finds Th­er­oux’s Kevin Gar­vey re­lo­cated to a small Texas town, Mir­a­cle, fol­low­ing the tragic end of sea­son one when the Guilty Rem­nant cult wreaked havoc on the cit­i­zens of Maple­ton, New York.

Sea­son two fea­tures a host of new cast, in­clud­ing Regina King, who won an Emmy re­cently for Out­stand­ing Sup­port­ing Ac­tress for Amer­i­can

She plays Gar­vey’s new neigh­bour, Erica Mur­phy.

“When you’re work­ing with great ac­tors it’s like play­ing a game of ten­nis. You feel re­ally good af­ter­wards,” Th­er­oux says.

Th­er­oux’s Gar­vey has re­tired as chief of po­lice, and his daugh­ter, Jill (Mar­garet Qual­ley), has joined him, as well as his love in­ter­est, Nora Durst (Car­rie Coon), with whom he is car­ing for the baby found on his doorstep.

“At the end of the first sea­son Kevin gets what he wants. He wished for a kid and a fam­ily and he gets this cob­bled to­gether ver­sion of that. But it’s that thing of, be care­ful what you wish for,” Th­er­oux chuck­les.

“They’ve gone to Mir­a­cle but they have brought all of their prob­lems with them. It’s not like they stopped in Ten­nessee on the way and did ther­apy.”

While the show is os­ten­si­bly bleak, Th­er­oux main­tains it’s ul­ti­mately hope­ful.

“These peo­ple go through ex­tra­or­di­nary bleak things, but we all do in life,” he says.

“This fam­ily has a new be­gin­ning but ul­ti­mately it’s just peo­ple striv­ing for love, calm, peace of mind and some­thing greater than them­selves.”

Lucky for Th­er­oux, he seems to have found just that.



New­ly­wed: TheLeftovers star Justin Th­er­oux; inset, with new wife Jen­nifer Anis­ton.

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