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