Joshua Jackson on Being a Gentleman to Diane Kruger: Guys Should Always Pay on Dates

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger
Joshua Jackson opened up to Us Weekly about being a gentleman to his longtime girlfriend Diane Kruger -- find out what he has to say about splitting the bill and expressing anger. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Joshua Jackson: What a gentleman! The Affair actor opened up to Us Weekly at GQ's Gentlemen's Ball in NYC on Wednesday, Oct. 22, about the last gentlemanly thing he did for his girlfriend Diane Kruger, and whether he allows her to ever grab the bill.

"Ahhh… let's see, the last nice thing I did," Jackson mused to Us. "Well, I am flying to Paris tomorrow to go see her for the weekend. That’s pretty nice, if I do say so myself."

The Dawson's Creek alum, 36, confessed that he's rather old fashioned when it comes to splitting the bill on dates. "Nah, can't do that," he immediately responded. "Unless the woman specifically asks," he reflected, but even then, the actor told his fellow men: "You should always pay the bill."

Jackson explained to Glamour recently why he and his longtime lady — whom he's dated since 2006 — still haven't tied the knot. "I can tell you why we're not married: We're not religious. I don't feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party," he said. "We're both children of divorce, so it's hard for me to take marriage at face value as the thing that shows you've grown up and are committed to another person. But it may change at some point. We may get married."

Beyond his otherwise solid relationship, Jackson also revealed how a true gentleman behaves at all times. "Chivalry is part of being a gentleman," he said at Wednesday's bash, "but I don't think actually being composed at all times is gentlemanly."

Joshua Jackson at GQ
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According to the star, anger is a healthy emotion. "Sometimes you need to be outraged by things, and I think that's part of being a man," the hunk told Us. "There are certain thing you shouldn't stand by and witness. Lots of things make me lose my cool, so maybe I'm rationalizing, but I don't feel that a quiet forbearance is gentlemanly."

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