'This Is Us' actor Justin Hartley gushes about wife Chrishell Stause: 'I'm proud of my wife'

Justin Hartley doesn't mind that people are suddenly interested in his personal life following the breakout success of "This Is Us" last season. The actor, who recently married Chrishell Stause, opened up to AOL Entertainment about the respect that the show's fans give him when discussing more private matters.

"People are pretty respectful of the parts [of my life] that I like to keep private," Hartley explained. "But I'm proud of my relationship -- and I'm proud of my wife -- so I certainly don't mind talking about her. She's one of my favorite subjects."

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"People are always very supportive and nice," he continued. "I always say that it would be different if I were a politician maybe or an athlete, but people seem to really be putting their arms around this show and embracing it. I get nice people coming up to me saying nice things, so [the scrutiny] is not bad."

Clearly, Hartley has no problem handling the increased attention paid to his private life, and he's not letting it change his habits, either. When we asked if his two beloved dogs were at his wedding ceremony, the 40-year-old actor explained how being there would've disrupted the pooches' routines -- and could've resulted in disaster.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0774 -- Pictured: Actor Justin Hartley during an interview on November 21, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Justin Hartley attends the Los Angeles Clippers Vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on November 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Chrishell Stause (L) and Justin Hartley attend 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Justin Hartley attend 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Armie Hammer (L) and Justin Hartley at Moet Celebrates The 75th Anniversary of The Golden Globes Award Season at Catch LA on November 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actors Chrishell Stause and Justin Hartley arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'A Bad Moms Christmas' at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Justin Hartley attends the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'A Bad Moms Christmas' at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, actors Justin Hartley and Jared Leto participate in the phone bank onstage during 'One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief' at the Universal Studios Lot on October 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause arrive at The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch at a private residence on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 08: David Schwimmer, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Sterling Brown, Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley attend The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch on October 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The Rape Foundation)
THIS IS US -- 'Number One' Episode 208 -- Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Actor Justin Hartley attends Build to discuss the show 'This Is Us' at Build Studio on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Justin Hartley discusses 'This Is Us' with the Build Series at Build Studio on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Justin Hartley attends the season 2 premiere of 'This Is Us' at NeueHouse Hollywood on September 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Justin Hartley and actress Chrishell Stause attend the season 2 premiere of 'This Is Us' at NeueHouse Hollywood on September 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Justin Hartley attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Justin Hartley (L) and Chrishell Stause walk the red carpet during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
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"Here's the thing about these two little fur bags," Hartley explained with a laugh about Memphis and Gracie. "They're sweet and awesome, but they like to stick to a pattern. So, bringing them down the aisle probably would've resulted in them pooping all over the wedding."

Hartley told us that even though his beloved pets may act like humans, it's important to remember that they're actually, well, not human -- and he's partnering with Royal Canin this holiday season to remind fans of just that. During the holidays, dogs are at risk of gastrointestinal issues and Hartley is seeking to give the public tips on how to avoid such problems.

"My two dogs are different -- they can handle different foods and digest things differently," Hartley told us. "And they feel the stress of the holidays with people coming to visit, too. So even though you may be splurging and eating more, maybe it's not the best idea to pass that along to your animal, too. It can be hard to keep track of that responsibility and feed them your human food, but it's not worth the risk or the stress."

Another way that Hartley avoids stress is by following a beloved holiday tradition that his mother started when her children were born, which brings comfort, surprise and delight to his family each Christmas.

"Every year my mother gets each of us an ornament for that year and a letter explaining why she got that ornament for us," he revealed. "I have an ornament for each year that I've been alive, and she now gets my daughter one and will get my wife one, as well. We make it a tradition to decorate the tree with those ornaments, and every year it takes a little longer as we get older. We're gonna have to get a second tree for me soon."

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THIS IS US -- 'The Big Three' Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Parker Bates as Kevin, Lonnie Chavis as Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Kyle' Episode 103 -- Pictured: Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Trip' Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Hartley as Kevin, Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Game Plan' Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Pool' Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Lonnie Chavis as 8 year old Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Game Plan' Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Career Days' Episode 106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as 8 year old Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Parker Bates as 8 year old Kevin, Lonnie Chavis as 8 year old Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'Last Christmas' Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gerald McRaney as Dr. Nathan Katowsky, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Last Christmas' Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as 8 year old Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as 8 year old Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Lonnie Chavis as 8 year old Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Kyle' Episode 103 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Hartley as Kevin, Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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