Today we’re bringing another exclusive treat: over 300 pictures has been added in our gallery from old portraits Justin did during the years of 2003 and 2004. You can find the links below so, enjoy!
Justin and Chrishell recently headed to Alaska with Columbia Sportswear for their first-ever camping trip at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Pictures and video was shared today, and Justin also give a bit of an interview to InStyle about it.
When you’re up there, you’re totally off the grid. It was cool that I got to bring my wife and have at least one other person to talk to, because it could get a little lonely. Once you get up there, you realize how remote everything is, and you see things that you just never see in the city, especially with our lives. We’re so busy running around, and I’ve got a teenager and there are bills to pay. It’s just constant whirlwind. When you’re off the grid, you literally have no choice — your cell phone, there’s no reception. It’s pretty peaceful and just the sound of stillness and the sound of complete nothing. It recharges your batteries a little bit.
Surrounded by glaciers and sans wifi, Hartley embraced a digital-free existence — and alone time with his wife. “When I was presented with this opportunity, the first thing that crossed my mind was, ‘Wow, this is going to be great — I’ll be unreachable for five or six days,” he says. “Then you get out there and start to realize just how addicted you are to your device. The first four or five hours, you’re like, ‘This is fantastic.’ Then around the fifth or sixth hour, I found myself curious about who had emailed me, what I was missing, who I needed to talk to. By the time you reach day two, you kind of let it go and it really is freeing.” This feeling of disconnection made Hartley a little nostalgic for a bygone era. “It’s a reminder of what it used to be to like: People actually used to miss other people without a way to communicate, and think, ‘I miss them. I’ll write them a letter.’ Now, you can communicate with everyone at the drop of a hat. You can talk to anyone you want in the world at any given time.”
Whether venturing to a remote destination or one of their go-to spots like Maui, Hartley appreciates the closeness that travel brings to his relationship. “You’re sharing a bathroom, a hotel room, a flight, and you have the same itinerary, so you’re spending a lot of time together,” he says. “You really are living together for however many days that trip is, and you learn a lot about someone when they’re traveling. They don’t have all of their stuff handy and you find out if they’re a roll-with-the-punches kind of person or if they’re kind of an uptight, ‘I need to have every thing my way’ person. Both are fine, but I know what I like, and it’s the roll-with-the-punches kind of person.”
It seems like he’s found that with Chrishell, and the two roll with the punches when they get the chance to go on dates, too. “It could be a movie night where we go to the movies, or it could be renting movies and getting sushi delivered to the house. Sometimes we’ll go away for the weekend just to up the coast to Los Olivos and do a wine tasting. We do all kinds of different stuff; it just depends on our schedule, what we feel like, and how much energy we have.” Thinking about it, though, he realizes their quality time isn’t remotely limited to dates and vacations, they’re more of an all-in kind of pair. “We still do the gym together. We do a lot together — we’re probably pretty annoying in that regard,” he says. “We really do enjoy each other’s company. It’s annoying, I’m just gonna come out and say, it’s pretty annoying! We’re the annoying couple that does everything together.”
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GQ – Justin Hartley is used to attention. He’s on NBC’s This Is Us, one of the biggest shows on TV. Almost 9 million people watched the other week. He’s starred in network TV shows, day in, day out, for years. He carried one of those high-velocity technical bow-and-arrow rigs as Green Arrow way back in the Smallville days. So sitting still while a stylist futilely tries to accentuate his already perfectly chiseled handsomeness isn’t a tall order.
We talked to him a little about the secret inner life of his This Is Us character, Kevin Pearson; being one step ahead of the great superhero boom; and how he maintains his perfect scruff.
GQ: Your character on This Is Us seems to have it all going on. But clearly that’s not the whole story.
Justin Hartley: You’re told your whole life, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But I think people have a hard time not doing that. Here’s this guy that seemingly has everything. He’s fine, he’s got no problems at all. His life is a cakewalk. And then, on top of all of that, you add the fame and you add the money and he’s six two and he’s fine. This guy is amazing—he’s got his health, he’s got a great relationship with his sister. That’s what it looks like on the surface. But when you break this guy down and peel back the layers, you realize that is absolutely not what he sees when he looks in the mirror.
Before This Is Us, you were on The Young and the Restless. I think there are a lot of assumptions about working on a soap opera that are all dated at this point. What’s the day-to-day existence of a soap-opera actor?
I was lucky on that show. I had a character that worked every single day. I’m not gonna lie—it was a grind. You might be on set for five hours on a given particular day, but then you go home and you have to put in five or six hours of study time because you got 30 scenes tomorrow. It’s hard to stay ahead of it. It was difficult but I enjoyed it, and I think I need to say I respect that genre. I expect it to come back—I think we need a few more soap operas, actually. I would love to create one.
You were in Smallville as Green Arrow—I used to watch that show. You even did an Aquaman pilot. What’s it like seeing the boom on TV and film in that genre now? Is it frustrating, in a way?
I think it’s awesome. I would love to get back into it. I would love that to be my next project, maybe a superhero thing. I think that would be really fun to get back into. They’ve come a long way. There are good, quality shows on the CW right now that are superhero shows.
I don’t think that slate would’ve existed without Smallville.
I don’t think they would’ve, either. It was kinda an experiment! When I was on Smallville, I remember they kept saying, “It’s the moments in between the dialogue. You have to ground this thing. We got a guy who can shoot lasers out of his fuckin’ eyeballs. We gotta ground this fuckin’ thing so people can understand it.” So yeah, I would love to dive back into that world. That would be fun.
Last question: How did you perfect the scruffy look?
I just try to keep it simple. Being on the show, I have to keep consistent facial hair and hair on my head for long periods of time. For me, a beard trimmer works. You just set it to the same length each time, and you can just do that every day and not have to worry too much. It’s an interesting thing, this constant relationship you have with your facial hair. I think shaving’s a very personal thing. You can change your look with a razor blade easily. I look at facial hair as, like, makeup for men.
This is Us cast reunited in character at Pearson Family Cabin for an exclusive photoshoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who considers herself a big fan of the show.
Joining the Pearson brood (Milo, Mandy, Justin, Sterling and Chrissy) at the shoot were Susan Kelechi Watson, who plays Beth Pearson, and Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby Damon. The first look was published at People magazine and you can see the pictures in our gallery as well.
Season 3 of This Is Us premieres Sept. 25 on NBC.