JUST IN THEROUX
The Girl on the Train star, 45—and husband to actress Jennifer Aniston—returns tonight for the third and final season of HBO’s The Leftovers. Theroux plays Kevin Garvey, a man literally back from the dead after being murdered, who travels to Australia in search of answers.
Where are we headed with Kevin in season three, in a world where much of the population has simply suddenly disappeared and those left behind have to cope?
I think creator Damon Lindelof felt like he had a couple of itches he wanted to scratch, other meaning-of-life-type questions he wanted to ask.
You’re an East Coaster from Washington, D.C. What do you find absurd about Hollywood?
Everything. Any place where there are large egos at play, large paychecks and living large, you’re going to find absurdity.
You played one of movies’ all-time bad husbands in The Girl on the Train.
I joke that I played a really great guy who was wronged by three women. Villains are fun as long as you can tap into a psychology behind them. Obviously, I’m not a murderer in real life. The way those stories like Train are told, where you begin at the end and arrive at the beginning, is really fun.
You’ve written a lot of comedy— Tropic Thunder, Zoolander 2. Where did you get your sense of humor?
I wasn’t the class clown or anything. When you’re dyslexic in school, you develop other talents. One of the things that I discovered quickly was a gift for gab, a way to talk myself out of why I didn’t do my homework.
Does his dyslexia make it hard for him to write? Go to Parade.com/theroux to find out.