Jennifer Aniston Talks Meeting Justin Theroux, Muses About Eloping

Jen & Justin: Love Quotes
The couple open up about their relationship.
Jen & Justin's Romance
Relive Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's relationship.
Jennifer Aniston is opening up her love life — and those hush-hush wedding plans with fiancé Justin Theroux — in the latest issue of InStyle.

Speaking with the publication, the Cake actress recalls the first time she met her husband-to-be. Explaining that they were introduced by Robert Downey Jr., Aniston remember feeling “soooo single” when she first laid eyes on the screenwriter and The Leftovers actor.

“I was on vacation in Kauai with [David Arquette] and [Courteney Cox] and my friend [Mandy Ingber], who’s also my yoga teacher. Robert was on the island shooting Tropic Thunder. One night he came over for dinner and brought his friend Justin Theroux. He was 
the screenwriter on Tropic Thunder. I had never heard of him … I remember thinking, ‘Isn’t he hot?’ But he was very hidden,” she says of their 2008 encounter. “As he says, for him, ‘It’s winter from the waist down no matter what season it is,’ so he was wearing black jeans, combat boots, glasses, and a fedora.”

She continues, “It was never [a romantic thing]. I just thought, ‘What a lovely guy.’ He was funny. But he was actually really quiet. I later came to find out that he was just exhausted because he had been writing nonstop, like a little hamster on a wheel. This was his one night off, and he had no personality, but he was very sweet and very overdressed. I was like, ‘You must be really shvitzing up a storm in those jeans and combat boots.'”

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Aniston says that the two reconnected when they co-starred in 2012’s Wanderlust, but remained strictly platonic until Theroux became single.

“We just became very good friends, as did everyone on that set,” the actress remembers. “We didn’t start dating until the following summer, after he went through a breakup. All of a sudden it was just like, ‘Well, you’re one of my closest friends and … somehow I just saw him in a different light once he was available.”

Aniston, 45, and Theroux, 43, got engaged in August 2012 after a year of dating. Though it has been years since announcing their engagement, Aniston admits that the couple are still working out the kinks in setting an actual wedding date.

“There’s a big discussion in our house right now: Do you just do it and say screw it? Or do you try desperately to get away with [a secret ceremony] where you don’t have any fun because you’re hiding in a cave somewhere?” Aniston muses. “If we could do it without all the buzzing and the noise … It can be done. Where there’s a will there’s a way.”