“I love it when a woman makes the first move”
Cosmopolitan, December 2007
He’s fit, he’s funny and he knows all about dealing with heartbreak. Cosmo gets cosy with Jonathan Rhys Meyers to find out what makes him tick.
Describe your ideal woman.
“Just… herself. I don’t have a ‘type’.”
Where would you take her on a first date?
“I don’t have a clue. It’s been so long since I went on a date! But I know where I wouldn’t take her — the cinema. Why would you do that? I bet all those men who took a girl to watch Fight Club didn’t get a second date.”
Do you like a woman to make the first move or do you prefer to do it yourself?
“I love it when a woman makes the first move. It’s flattering, and a hell of a lot easier.”
You said a few years ago that you don’t like acting and it just kept you off the streets…
“I also said acting was easy because you just turn up and read your lines. And I’ve read a lot of things I didn’t say, like the fact that I get over heartbreat with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and an episode of Desperate Housewives. I mean, come on, that’s not how you get over a f**king break-up!”
How do you then?
[Laughs] “Try an AK-47 and a bullet instead.”
That’s a bit extreme.
“Hey, I’m an actor. We’re all drama queens.”
Are you riddled with insecurities too?
“Of course. It would be very hard to find an actor who doesn’t have insecurities. It’s a job where you’re putting yourself out there to be judged by people who don’t know you, which can be very difficult.”
What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done for fame?
“I did a Knorr soup advert when I was starting out. And, believe me, my friends crucified me for it.”
How do you relax?
“I like to watch trash on TV, like Extreme Makeover. I once bought an ex the box set of Sex And The City, but I didn’t realise the implications of this at the time. We started going to bed early and I remember thinking, ‘Yes…’, only to walk into the bedroom and be faced with the TV.”
What’s your biggest extravagance?
“Late fees on DVDs. But I’ve bought some pricey things on a whim too. I once gave my ex-girlfriend Reena [daughter or Ruby Hammer, of Ruby & Mille fame and George Hammer, who owns the Urban Retreat Spa in Harrods], a gorgeous Emanuel Ungaro blouse, which cost Ã‚Â£5,000. And I bought her a Fendi coat.”
Ungaro and Fendi on a whim? You sound like our ideal man.
“No, I’m very selfish. I’m an actor remember.”
How many celebrities’ numbers do you have on speed dial?
“None. Well, maybe one. I’m not into the celeb lifestyle. It’s not like I have a bunch of famous friends and we go to each other’s houses in our Porsches. I don’t even own a car.”
“Yeah, it’s good to keep yourself to yourself and let your work speak for you. I don’t want pictures of me falling out of Chinawhite to say who I am. I don’t care about being seen at the right parties or wearing the right suit.”
Do you have any secrets from your new film August Rush?
“Not really. However the man who plays the drummer in the film’s band is my brother in real life. He has a different surname, though — he’s called Jamie O’Keefe, so if I didn’t tell you you’d never know.”
Jonathan’s Star Bio
ROMANTIC HISTORY: He likes a bit of posh. His three-year relationship with Reena Hammer ended earlier this year. He was also previously engaged to Dublin socialite and model Cha Cha Seigne.
WHAT YOU WON’T FIND ON HIS CV: In January this year Jonathan checked into rehab for alcohol abuse.
WHY WE LOVE HIM: Those eyes. Those cheekbones. Plus, we do love a man who’s managed to overcome his demons — Jonathan doesn’t drink at all anymore.
CATCH HIM NEXT IN: August Rush, out on 23 November. Jonathan also plays King Henry VIII in the BBC2 10-part drama The Tudors, which is on now.
Special thanks to Rhiannon for transcribing this article.