What Is Justin Long Doing Today?

Actor Justin Long made his film debut in 1999's "Galaxy Quest." Yet, while the star popped up everywhere between 2000 to 2009, Long seemingly has not been in the spotlight quite as much throughout the subsequent decade. Back then, he was a series regular on "Ed" and appeared in many films, including "Jeepers Creepers," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," "Idiocracy," "Live Free and Die Hard," "He's Just Not That Into You," "Crossroads," and "Pineapple Express," according to IMDb. These days, he hosts a podcast called "Life is Short with Justin Long."

In 2021, Long resurfaced in a series of television ads. Remember when he was the face of Mac for Apple? He filmed 66 commercials for the "I'm a Mac" campaign alongside comedian John Hodgman between 2006 and 2009, AdWeek reports. Now, Long is repping Intel and talking about how PCs are superior to Macs. In the ads, Long learns about all the ways in which PCs are better than Macs in an update to the character he played in the Apple ads more than a decade ago.

Long has also had a series of high-profile relationships. Remember when he dated Drew Barrymore? They met on the set of "He's Just Not That Into You" and dated for about two years before Barrymore ended the relationship. He also dated Amanda Seyfried from about mid-2013 to 2015, as Vogue reported. From 2015 to 2017, he dated Lauren Mayberry, lead singer of CHVRCHES, as CheatSheet reported. And then there was the time his manager tried to set him up with Selma Blair, as Us Weekly noted. 

Here's why Justin Long's name was trending again

In April 2021, Justin Long was trending thanks to his 2006 film "Accepted." Even though the film is 15 years old and has been available on Netflix since 2015, it appears fans are suddenly taking notice of Long's portrayal of Bartleby Gaines in the collegiate comedy. However, it is not just Long's comedic turn as Gaines that has garnered renewed interest in this film. "Accepted" features a who's who of stars back before they got their big breaks, including Jonah Hill, Blake Lively (who plays Long's love interest), comedian Lewis Black, and "Gotham" Penguin Robin Lord Taylor.

The premise of the film is simple: Long's character, Bartleby Gaines, did not get accepted to any of the colleges he applied to, so he decides to create a fake college to fool his parents and help out his fellow misfits. Gaines creates the South Harmon Institute of Technology and, as expected, shenanigans ensue. As Rotten Tomatoes describes, "Accepted" is "[a] brilliant screwball comedy [that] offers insightful commentary on the Ponzi scheme that is college."

Accepted is available now on Netflix. And, if you are interested in Justin Long's next gig, you can catch him in the upcoming animated television mini-series "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" as Roboto.

Justin Long was drugged and abducted

Back in 2009, Justin Long was in Michigan filming "Youth in Revolt" with Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Jean Smart, and Portia Doubleday, per IMDb. In 2019, Long appeared on Dax Shepard's podcast "Armchair Expert." During his interview, Long revealed that while filming the movie a decade earlier, he was drugged and abducted. He'd been drinking in a bar in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park, where the comedy was filming. He left the bar with several locals who offered him marijuana. But, as Long revealed, he believes he was instead given PCP, or marijuana laced with the hallucinogen also known as Angel Dust.

He became severely disoriented and intoxicated, and the locals allegedly took him to a number of random locations against his will. He repeatedly asked them to take him to his hotel, he told Shepard, but they refused. Long also alleged that the locals said they would film him while he was intoxicated and sell the video to celebrity gossip websites. Long ended up jumping out of the moving car in order to escape his captors. He has lingering nerve damage from his injuries from that night. 

In 2019, he used how he felt during that incident for his performance in "The Wave," which Long said is, " ... an old-fashioned morality play. A guy is having a moral crisis and goes on this journey prompted by a hallucinogenic drug and it becomes richer, deeper, more important," per the Boston Herald.

Justin Long's manager tried to set him up with Selma Blair

In April 2021, Justin Long recreated Selma Blair's iconic "Cruel Intentions" scene with Sarah Michelle Gellar (you know, the one where Gellar advises Blair's character to sleep with as many people as possible after Blair describes a sex act with Ryan Phillippe's character), for Sarah Ramos' Instagram series, Quarantscenes. Long shared the video on Instagram and captioned it, "I bet @selmablair was much more professional when she originally did this scene w my favorite Tijuana traveling companion @sarahmgellar #quarantscenes."  

Blair saw the video, and it delighted her. She commented, "I am laughing and I love you and I see why you never would date me despite my business managers set up attempts years ago. This makes up for it. Thank you dear Justin. Great work." 

Justin responded, "Haha I just thought Al was being a Yenta! We can hash it out on the podcast," per Us Weekly

Justin Long had COVID-19

Back in April 2020, Justin Long and his brother Christian discussed the coronavirus on his podcast, "Life is Short with Justin Long" (via YouTube). The siblings were experiencing all of the classic signs of the virus. Christian's girlfriend, Maggie, returned from a work trip and became very ill shortly afterward, with shortness of breath and a dry cough, as well as a fever that plagued her for nearly two weeks, per Entertainment Weekly.

The day after Maggie got sick, both Justin and Christian began to experience headaches, aches and pains, nausea, and tightness in the chest. Maggie and Christian also lost their sense of taste and smell. While they are sure they had COVID-19, none of them could get tested, as they didn't fall into the high-risk category during the pandemic's early stages.

The brothers and Maggie quarantined together throughout their symptoms to protect their elderly parents. On his podcast, Justin also experienced frustration with celebrities who used their fame to get tested.

Justin Long reflected on filming Crossroads with Britney Spears

In 2002, Justin Long appeared as Henry in "Crossroads" with Britney Spears, per IMDb. In May 2020, he reflected on what it was like to film the iconic movie with her. In an interview with Us Weekly, the "Jeepers Creepers" star said, "I just remember her being so nice. She just seemed, like, such a down-to-earth [person]."

He went on to say, "I remember being so disarmed by how normal she seemed. It was at the height of her fame, and, like, everyone else, I was inundated by images of her. She was so popular, so famous." He also talked about how he expected Spears, or anyone with the level of fame she has to be, saying, "You always just sort of assume that [fame] changes people, or they act, I don't know, larger than life ... She was just really, really sweet and kind of normal. That's what I remember."

In December 2020, Long posted a photo of himself and Spears from "Crossroads" on his Instagram and captioned it, "Some 'Crossroads' memories...I remember being slightly nervous to work with Britney Spears — she was such a massive star in 2002 (as she still is). When she introduced herself to me in the makeup trailer, I was disarmed by how sweet and NOT famous she seemed — just a nice girl (not yet a woman) from Louisiana."