Justin Theroux Fell in Love With Jennifer Aniston in a "Real, Legit Fashion," Pal Robert Downey Jr. Says

Celebrity News Jul. 10, 2014 AT 7:50AM
Justin Theroux in DETAILS Magazine
Justin Theroux talks Jennifer Aniston, fame, and New York City in Details magazine Credit: Mark Seliger

Love is love, no matter who you are. Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston are one of the most famous couples on the planet—but their romance, like many other romances, began simply. In a new profile of The Leftovers actor in the August issue of Details magazine, Theroux, 42, revealed that they initially bonded over shared memories of the "Waldorf grade-schooling they both received." Click here to see more sexy, shirtless pics of Justin from the shoot.

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The husband and wife-to-be were first introduced back in 2007, by mutual friend Robert Downey Jr., who spoke with Details about their now-famous courtship. "He and Jen fell in a real, legit fashion," Downey said, "and he was willing from the jump to make sacrifices."

One of those sacrifices was his anonymity. Since falling in love with Aniston, 45, Theroux has experienced the perks and pitfalls of uber-fame 10 times over. While he doesn't necessarily welcome the attention, he doesn't let it get to him, either.

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"It doesn't feel like a hardship, it doesn't feel difficult," the Wanderlust star told Details. "It can be an annoyance, but it's not the end of the world. You have to center on what its core thing is, which is that you met someone you fell in love with. It's hard to explain. I just find myself wondering, 'What's the big f---ing deal?'"

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Fame, in general, is something of a mystery to the actor. "There's a huge distinction between wanting to act and wanting to be a famous actor," he explained. "Most of the people that jump off buses in Hollywood just want to f---ing 'make it.' And I never had that drive. Honestly. I could never visualize myself in that way."

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Theroux also spoke with Details about his early days in New York, recalling his humble beginnings in less-than-luxurious apartments. "I used to garbage-pick," he said. "It sounds much more disgusting than it is. You learn a lot about society by seeing what's thrown away. During the period I was doing that, a lot of great stuff was being tossed."

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Theroux isn't "particularly nostalgic" about the past—he doesn’t even keep pictures of friends or family around—but his connection with New York runs long and deep.

"It wasn't even the old thing about if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere," he told Details. "It had nothing to do with that. You just felt really free. It felt like no one was going to judge you. You could disappear here and be more yourself than you'd ever been."

Read the full profile at Details.com.

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