Jonathan Rhys Meyers
New Woman, December 2007
He’s not handy round the house, but the Irish actor sure gives good shoe
When you first start seeing someone it’s a fantastic adventure. You can be the person you’ve always wanted to be. For a while anyway. But it only becomes a real relationship when you see one another’s flaws and love each other regardless.
I miss having a girlfriend but I haven’t got time to do much about it. All I do right now is work, so I’ve been single for a few months.
It’s best not to bed your leading lady on the first day of rehearsals. Especially if your roles require sexual chemistry. Sleeping together spoils it. Maybe that’s why I haven’t dated an actress for nine years.
I got bored of one-night stands when I was about 26. They were fun when I was young but now I’m 30 I think they’re meaningless and dull. I won’t say how many I’ve had. It could be two, it could be 200.
Lazy women are a turn-off. I like smart, ambitious, career-minded women. But I don’t have a physical type.
I’d like to have a family sometime soon. It would be great to have kids, but not too many. I don’t want to be like The Waltons.
I think women want a man who’s going to come over and fix their broken fence. I’m not very handy and I’m a selfish boyfriend, but I’m great at buying gifts. I bought my last girlfriend lots of shoes, including Louboutins and Jimmy Choos.
I’ve been dumped and I’ve dumped people. Both are hard. The toughest part about dumping someone is the inevitable regret when you see them at a party 18 months later and they look fantastic.
Jonathan stars in August Rush, out this month.
Special thanks to Rhiannon for transcribing this article.