Theroux, who stars in the upcoming Girl on the Train, recently spoke to Britain's The Sunday Times about the scrutiny his wife of a year endures—and how she handles things like a champ.
“She has lived through a lot of bulls—. Many people would have crumbled under some of the stresses that have been put on her. I’m very proud of her for that, for the way she handles herself. So in a weird way, it’s an honor to stand behind her. Truly, in that sense, she’s amazing,” he said, calling his wife a “proper badass.”
The Friends alum has grown thick skin during her time in Hollywood, with Theroux noting that she “understands that she is someone who has attracted, for whatever reason, a level of attention where she’s become this sort of fable, I guess, in some sort of bizarre morality play of what a woman should be.”
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Still, she’s only human, and there’s a limit to the level of criticism that she can take. In July, she had had enough, penning a powerful blog on The Huffington Post that explained while she’s sick of the gossip surrounding her non-existent “baby bump” and the scrutiny of her body that ensues. Theroux, of course, was totally on board.
“She addressed it beautifully in her Huff Post piece. I was very, very proud of her for writing that. It was very well-written. She expressed herself beautifully,” he said. “Women get so much more sh— than men. There are very few oh-my-God-what-were-they-thinking shows on the red carpet for men. They’re not saying, ‘Oh my God, Justin can’t have kids.’”
As for him, Theroux is totally content with the title “Mr. Jennifer Aniston,” he said. “It doesn’t really get under my skin. It’s just one of those things that’s a shorthand for describing who I am.”
It sounds like Aniston couldn’t have asked for a more understanding partner.