Justin Theroux Shares His Advice for What *Not* to Do After a Breakup
It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to break up with Mila Kunis, but Justin Theroux’s The Spy Who Dumped Me character does exactly that in the first few minutes of the movie. (Not a spoiler; it’s in the title!) Even worse, he does it via text, which is a pretty awful way to end a relationship. As Theroux points out, though, there’s not really a good way to break someone’s heart.
“I think just getting dumped is the worst,” the actor told Brit + Co at the film’s recent press day in New York. “Like, it just feels terrible. There’s no right way to dump someone. But I mean, it begs the question: What’s worse, being dumped or being the person that has to dump someone? That’s also a terrible situation to be in.”
Either way, breaking up is indeed hard to do. Theroux’s advice for getting over getting dumped is to “go to museums, go to the room where they keep the Cezannes. You just look at the Monets.”
“The thing you don’t do,” he says, “is keep reaching out to the person. That’s usually never a good move. It keeps the heartbreak alive.”
In The Spy Who Dumped Me, Theroux plays Drew, a CIA operative who’s being hunted by some very dangerous people. Kunis’ character, Audrey, finds this out the hard way — although, is there an easy way to discover that your ex lied to you about their identity for your entire relationship? — after he dumps her, when those same people start to come after her and her BFF, Morgan (Kate McKinnon). They soon find themselves caught in a web of international conspiracies and espionage, with hilarious results.
Theroux credits director Susanna Fogel, who also co-wrote the screenplay, with finding that perfect balance of comedy and action. “I think we knew the script was obviously very funny, and obviously Kate and Mila are really funny,” he explained. “But she understood, like, if we can make the action equally good, we have something that is kind of unique and hasn’t really been done in this way or this well before, which is a big huge summer action movie that is also hilarious. I think she was really good at sort of wrapping her arms around that and squishing the two together and making a really good movie.”
Asked which of his costars he would take on a real-life spy mission, Theroux picked the dream team of Kunis and McKinnon: “I think I would take Kate McKinnon, initially. Because she’s really good at throwing people off their center, so she would kind of be the foil that would go out there and make people feel weird. And then I would bring in Mila sort of as the honeypot to kind of be the distraction or something. I think I would probably need both of them. Team effort. Three of us, like bad Charlie’s Angels.”
Watch our full interview with Theroux below, and catch The Spy Who Dumped Me in theaters now.
What’s your advice for getting over a breakup? Tell us @BritandCo!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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