That's Not Jennifer In Justin's Arms

Long before Justin Theroux found fame -- and Jennifer Aniston -- he honed his craft at prestigious Bennington College.

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Justin Theroux is preparing for his biggest role ever: husband to superstar Jennifer Aniston.

But while the world now knows him as a successful actor/writer (and the future Mr. Aniston), he was once just an aspiring drama student at Bennington College in Vermont -- and Celebuzz has photos of the star in his early years.

"Justin was a talented, hard-working and popular student, and he has gone on to have a great career," an insider said.

Theroux honed his acting skills at prestigious Bennington by taking part in a student production of Translations, a gritty three-act play by Irish playwright Brian Friel. Set in the fictional Irish town of Baile Beag, it explores the consequences when the British Army translate place names from Gaelic into the King's English.

The dedicated student would go on to graduate in 1993 with a B.A. in Visual Arts and Drama, just one year before his wife-to-be became a household name by appearing as Rachel Green in Friends.

After graduating from Bennington, Theroux, now 41, landed various Broadway stage roles like Observe The Sons before gaining notoriety starring in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.

Theroux further increased his stock in Tinseltown by landing roles in films like Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and Zoolander.

He's also carved out a career for himself as a successful screenwriter in Hollywood penning such films as Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2 and Rock of Ages.

"Justin showed of various skills at Bennington College and he was strong at acting, directing and writing, while he was here. And although he comes from a very illustrious family of writers, he has gone on to become very successful in his own right," said the source.

Theroux started dating Aniston -- his Wanderlust co-star -- in May 2011; the happy couple got engaged on his 41st birthday last August after he got down on one knee with a massive 10-carat diamond ring.

Theroux was previously involved in a long-term relationship with stylist Heidi Bivens; Aniston split with ex-hubby Brad Pitt in 2005 after five years of marriage.

Aniston and Theroux are expected to marry early this summer.

Do you think Justin and Jennifer a good match? Will their marriage last? Leave your comments below.

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  • fatal

    I agree-being Mr. Aniston will be his biggest acting role ever and probably his most lucrative - just like Mrs. Pitt was Anustains biggest acting role ever-hey she got Brad to believe she actually wanted kids-and most definitely her most lucrative role has been her 8 year pity party for herself

  • Dave

    I wish them the very best and hope they will have a child together, but doubt it due to Justin being a complete Pothead!

  • Cliff Renfrew
    Cliff Renfrew

    I totally agree with honeybunn and Kyle - Justin is super smart and Jen knows the pitfalls of fame - I think they will be really happy !

  • kyle

    They seem to be a a very happy couple and he seems comfortable being "Mr. Aniston". I wish them the best!

  • honeybunn

    Yes Jennifer Aniston has finally found her happy ever after in justin theroux. I think justin will take his marriage vows very seriously.Especially the one that states until death do us part.I think he loves jennifer unconditionally and she loves him the same.They have a lot in common. This is definetely not the same person that married Brad Pitt.Then she was a young girl Rachel Green from friends, and now she has blossomed into a beautiful,talented queen of comedy, young women that have captured the hearts of many on the big screen. Congratulations Jen and Justin

  • Cliff Renfrew
    Cliff Renfrew

    Justin Theroux is a man of many talents - let's hope Jennifer and he have a happy marriage!