Justin Bartha is fast becoming the hottest new thing in Hollywood. With a role in The Hangover under his belt, hes now set to capture the nations hearts in romantic comedy, The Rebound. The film charts the journey of 24-year-old Aram, who accidentally lands a role as nanny to a gorgeous older womans kids, finding love and plenty of laughs along the way.
Marie Claire had caught up with the man himself, for a chat about working with gorgeous Catherine-Zeta Jones, playing a manny, and dating fashion darling Ashley Olsen.
Your character Aram accidentally ends up as a male nanny (or manny!) in the film. Would you ever use male childcare?
Arent mannys becoming quite cool? Really I think it just depends whats best for the kids, and whether theyre in a safe and happy environment. But yeah, I think having a male nanny could be a great thing.
Are you good with kids?
Im ok with them, I think! I dont have any of my own though...
Arams only 24. Why does he like being a nanny so much?
Hes quite an old 24. Hes not the same as other guys his age he doesnt like going out and getting drunk, or having meaningless friendships He doesnt do a lot of the things other 24-year-olds do. Hes just a bit lost.
Do you think he relates to the kids so well because hes only young?
Yeah - hes more on their level. But hes also very responsible and very ready for the experience.
So that wasnt what he had planned?
No, not at all. Life had just taken him there. Hes this sweet, loving guy who goes though a heartbreaking divorce, and just kind of loses his way. He has an idea of the kind of man hed like to be, but he just doesnt quite know how to get there. So when he finds his way into this family, it totally changes his life, for the better.
You got to work with gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones. What was she like?
Catherine was just fantastic. Shes such a brilliant actress - beautiful and smart. And so much funnier than Id realised. Really, really funny. Shes also very down to earth and professional. We had such a great time working together.
And in the film your character gets to date her. Would you ever date an older woman?
I havent done so far. Well, not in a serious way. But I wouldnt necessarily rule it out - just look at Catherine, shes gorgeous! In the film, age is just a number. For Sandy and Aram its about love and emotion, and just connecting with someone. Its about how they feel, their state of mind.
Catherines character Sandy is very strong and independent. Are you happy for women to wear the trousers in a relationship?
Yes, definitely. Sandys great, as she knows her own mind, and she isnt afraid to start over. She moves to the city, gets a new job, a new house. Theres nothing sexier than a woman in control.
Its actually nice to see Sandy getting back on her feet after her divorce its a very positive film
Thats what I love about it. Its different to other romantic comedies, more real. It looks at the positive side of things rather than dwelling on the negatives. And its such a role reversal Aram is instantly drawn to Sandy, but doesnt know how to approach a relationship with her. Hes a true romantic and such a sensitive soul. Its nice to see the man playing a nice role for a change.
In real life youre dating Ashley Olsen, the actress and budding fashion designer. Does she ever give you any style tips?
No, not really. We try to keep our work lives separate I dont come home and talk to her about acting, and she doesnt come home and try to get me into fashion. But we do have tremendous respect for what each other does.
Last year you starred in (hit US comedy) The Hangover. Was it fun to make?
Oh it was amazing. Really fun. But a lot of hard work went into it, too. It was far more complicated to shoot than you would think. I keep in touch with all the guys though, were going to be making another film soon.
I cant think how youre going to top the first one...
Oh trust me, we will. This ones going to be even bigger and even crazier than the first. Its going to be good.
And what are you up to at the moment?
Im in a play in New York called Lend Me a Tenor. Its exhausting work, but so refreshing to go back to theatre. Then Im off to film the second Hangover, and after that who knows!
Catch The Rebound in in cinemas nationwide from 23 July 2010.