Our Exclusive (and Extended) Q & A
Below is the complete interview from our May 2008 issue. Click here to read our Web Exclusive Q&A.
MF: Now that the Sex and the City movie is a wrap, what are your plans for the year?
JL: Nothing. I want to sit and be less career oriented. Snowboard, dirt bike, mountain bike, surf. Just be human. To me, that's an important part of life.
That's not very Hollywood of you.
I'm wary of the whole Los Angeles scene. I'm a California kid, but there's a difference between California and Los Angeles. L.A. is urban. California is restorative.
And the California lifestyle, that's the key to your fitness?
Absolutely. One of the questions I get asked a lot is, "What do you do to stay in shape?" My glib answer is, I play. But I mean it. Sure, I go to the gym, but I don't spend my life there. Most of my activity is outdoors, whether it's basketball or mountain biking or rock climbing. On some days me and my friends will do a triple—we'll start out surfing, then go play ball, then ride dirt bikes until it gets dark.
Do you ever feel any pressure to maintain your physique?
Not really. I'm human, I fall in and out of shape. But I'm fortunate that my lifestyle keeps me fit. I don't live a life where I'm thinking about keeping my abs tight. I'm thinking about being able to pull a 30-foot hit off my snowboard this weekend.
Sex and the City put you on the map, but as a pretty-boy sex object. After the show ended what kind of roles came your way?
It was easy to get the offers for the goodlooking vapid dude. I guess that's my power alley. [Laughs]
Do you think you are stereotyped?
I have no regrets. If the show has in any way given me some sort of stigma, it's also something that gave me a huge burst of career. If that's the adversity I've got to worry about in life, big deal. I'm not digging ditches.
It's been four years since the show went off the air. When they approached you about the movie, did you think, "I've moved past that role"?
People have these ideas of what you're supposed to do to have a career, like play against type, or don't revisit a character. I'm just not that precious. It's not that big a fucking deal. Of course you'd like to do a broader range. But it's nothing I worry about. It's a role that I'm very much identified with. And it's just a job. Everyone who's holding out like they're the biggest star in Hollywood? Most of us aren't. Just enjoy it.
A lot of actors feel it's part of their job to stay fit. Do you agree?
Most people engage in exercise just like that, with this incredible sense of obligation. They turn it into this ridiculous regimen of effort and time. I go snowboarding, I'm out there for eight hours. I go surfing, I can be out there for six hours. My body's screaming to quit, but that little kid in me is going, "One more run." And when I stop it's because I'm falling down, not because I got through my hour and a half of exercise.
What did the breakup with Rosario Dawson do to you physically?
I lived this lifestyle long before I met Rosario. So it wasn't like I lost my ability to function without her. I mean, it definitely hurt my feelings. I wanted to hide my head under a pillow. But I didn't forget how to live life. I don't think any relationship should be like that. Unfortunately, a lot are. That's called codependency, isn't it?
Was it hard since all that played out so publicly?
It's not the greatest. But I tend not to read that stuff. I can't be running around trying to control every little thing. It takes too much energy. Spoiler: I'm not dating Jennifer Aniston. I never even met the girl. I told a friend it was the least complicated relationship I've ever been in.
Does stuff like that make you resentful toward the tabloids?
Now and then, but you've got to take them with a grain of salt. Who cares? People say shit about you all the time in real life.