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    Justin Theroux Shared The Advice Jason Bateman Gave Him While He Was Dating Jennifer Aniston

    "That's the only way you can sort of keep sane and all that."

    Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston were together for a while. They started dating all the way back in 2011, got married in 2015, and announced their separation in 2018.

    Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2017
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    The pair were also friends with fellow actor Jason Bateman. Here's a photo of them at Jason's Walk of Fame ceremony in 2017.

    Aniston and Theroux at Jason Bateman's Walk of Fame ceremony in 2017
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    In an interview for Today set to air this weekend, Justin told Willie Geist about "one of the most sage pieces of advice" that Jason offered him when he started dating Jennifer.

    Aniston and Theroux leaving the Colette store in Paris in 2017
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    "He said, 'Look, in that side of the entertainment industry, a character is about to be born and that character is you, but it's not you,'" Justin explained.

    Theroux and Aniston at the Series Mania Festival red carpet in 2017
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    "'That character is, you know, angry, that character has got a problem, that character is, you know, sweet. It's just this little soap opera that gets written in the margins.'"

    Aniston and Theroux leaving the Chanel store in Paris in April 2017
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    Justin continued, "And he said, 'And so my advice is, don't follow that guy's storyline.'"

    Theroux and Aniston at the Season 3 premiere of The Leftovers in 2017
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    Justin told Willie that it was a "good piece of advice" because he "stuck to it": "And that's the only way you can sort of keep sane and all that."

    Theroux and Aniston on the streets of Manhattan in 2016
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    This isn't the only time Justin has discussed his relationship with Jennifer. He recently opened up to Esquire about why they broke up and how they keep in touch.

    Theroux and Aniston in New York City in 2016
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    "Like it or not, we didn't have that dramatic split, and we love each other," he explained. "I'm sincere when I say that I cherish our friendship. We can not be together and still bring each other joy and friendship."

    Theroux and Aniston in Manhattan in 2016
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    Sounds like he's got it all figured out.

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