Justin Hartley isn’t only a father and a newlywed … he’s also partly responsible for making you ugly-cry while watching This Is Us. As we wait for season 3 of the hit NBC show, we caught up with Justin in New York City at the MorningStar Farms’ grilling event, which was celebrating the launch of their first-ever vegan burgers. We talked about his go-to snacks on set, how he keeps his body in tip-top shape, and exactly where he went on those multiple honeymoons.
Techpluz: Do you think season 3 of This Is Us is going to make us cry even more than seasons 1 and 2 did?
Justin Hartley: Maybe [both seasons] put together. It’s incredible, its scope and scale, it’s like the biggest thing we’ve done.
BP: If your character, Kevin, was stranded on a desert island — what three things would he bring with him?
JH: I feel like Kevin would need his necklace [which was his father’s in This Is Us]. He would need his — I was going to say his car [laughs]. And he would need a sunblock maybe. Sunblock is a good one for everyone, though!
BP: What snacks help you get through long days on the set of This Is Us?
JH: I like having Greek yogurt, but I need a fruit in it. I need blueberries or raspberries or something. I’m not big on the plain Greek yogurt. I wish I was since it’s better for you, but I’m not. I don’t like to sacrifice the flavor, that’s my thing. I drink a lot of water when I’m at work, and sometimes it’s hard to find the right thing to chow down on, but I try to do a lot of vegetables. And unfortunately for me, I have a sweet tooth. I wish this wasn’t the case, but I’m a Skittles fiend. If they’re there, I’ll eat them.
BP: How about things to keep you busy in between scenes?
JH: During the season, I’m typically reading This Is Us scripts, trying to grab everything you can about it before you do it, because once you do it, it’s done. So I’m constantly learning until they call “action” and, even then, you’re learning. And when they say “cut, moving on,” then I kind of let it go. And I always have my face in some kind of a book. I just started something called The Fix. I’m like 35 pages in — we’ll see how it goes. So far so good! I take a lot of flights, so I usually [read] on flights or catch a movie I haven’t seen.
BP: What types of workouts or classes help keep you in shape?
JH: A while ago, my wife [Chrishell Hartley] got me into Barry’s Bootcamp, so I was doing that for a while. I like boxing — it’s intense, it’s hard, and it’s enjoyable as well. You’re learning a technique that I think is useful. And I enjoy running and weight-training, in a responsible way. I like getting outside, which is nice. Getting cooped up inside a gym kind of sucks sometimes.
BP: What health and fitness products are worth the splurge to you?
JH: Sometimes it’s hard to go to the gym when you’re busy. It’s exhausting and it’s hard, in a good way. So anything that motivates you is worth it. I would even say clothes! If you can get comfortable gym clothes that are sweat-wicking and also look good, it does make you feel better on the way to the gym and maybe affects your performance. As far as supplements go, if you find something that is healthy, that works, and it motivates you, then you should use it.
BP: What’s your favorite MorningStar Farms product that you’ve tried?
JH: My favorite product that I’ve tried is a brand-new product — it’s the Meat Lovers Vegan Burger, which I know that sounds like, wait what? Meat Lovers Vegan Burger? But it is absolutely that — it’s packed with 27 grams of protein. So you get all your protein, but it’s plant-based, which is great. The reason I like that one the most is not just because of the protein, but also because of the way that it tastes. I think it just tastes like a burger! They’ve nailed it.
BP: You said that your was goal to go on multiple honeymoons with your new wife, Chrishell — where did you end up going?
JT: For the official honeymoon, we went to Maui. Maui was great — it was just the two of us. It was very private, very quiet, and we got to do some things we normally don’t get to do. Then, we went to Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, New York. We just got back from Alaska, and we’re going to New Orleans soon.
BP: Your daughter’s [14th] birthday is coming up soon! What does she [Isabella] want for her birthday this year?
I’m not sure — she pretty much gets whatever she wants. (laughs) She gets straight As, and I don’t remember the last time I had an argument with the woman. She’s really kind of an angel, so she really gets whatever she wants. But she doesn’t need a car until she’s 16!
*Questions and answers were lightly edited for clarity.