Watch: Jennifer Aniston says Hollywood is 'not that glamorous anymore'
America's sweetheart, everyone's favourite 'Friend' and multi-award winning actress and producer Jennifer Aniston has endured more guesswork about her private life than almost any other A-lister.
Now, she has opened up in a revealing interview with The Hollywood Reporter, on exactly how the endless rumours have affected her over the past three decades.
Talking to the reporter at home in Bel Air, Jennifer said: "Well, people certainly project onto you and all that, but my job is to go, 'Listen, I’ll show you what I’m capable of, and you decide if you want to subscribe.'"
She went on, "So, you disappear as much as you can, you have fun, you take on these weird roles, you don’t give a sh*t, you enjoy yourself, you remember that you have a gorgeous group of friends and your life is blessed and you do the best that you can."
Though the Morning Show star is pragmatic now, her level of Friends and post-Friends fame was so high, the pregnancy and relationship gossip was constant.
" I used to take it all very personally — the pregnancy rumours and the whole, 'Oh, she chose career over kids” assumption," she said. "It’s like, 'You have no clue what’s going with me personally, medically, why I can’t … can I have kids?' They don’t know anything, and it was really hurtful and just nasty."
Aniston also queried why she is a specific target. "Dolly Parton never had kids. But are people giving her sh*t for it? No, no one’s tried to put her in a white picket fence."
Hollywood double standards, post #metoo, are still rife, she added. Having been married to Brad Pitt for five years and Justin Theroux for two, and endured endless speculation, Jennifer added, "Men can be married as many times as they want to, they can marry [younger] women in their 20s or 30s. Women aren’t allowed to do that."
Aniston briefly addressed the media frenzy when asked whether, looking back on the madness - 'Team Aniston' T shirts when Pitt left for Angelina Jolie, and 'endless tabloid coverage' - we should be horrified.
"I don’t know, because I think people are still doing it today," she said. Talking about social media, she added, "What the tabloids and the media did to people’s personal lives back then, regular people are doing now... Am I still having twins? Am I going to be the miracle mother at 52?" She laughed.
"It’s almost like the media handed over the sword to any Joe Schmo sitting behind a computer screen to be a troll... and bully people in comment sections.
"I don’t know why there’s such a cruel streak in society. I often wonder what they get off on."
Aniston explained that she copes due to having "A godsend of support — just so many evolved, positive people around me."
She also talked about the effect of seeing her late mother, from whom she was estranged, "sit comfortably in victimhood, and I didn’t like how it looked."
She chose "Never to be that," the actor continued, "I think it’s toxic, and it erodes your insides and your soul. And listen, is it a sliver of an annoyance to have to publicly go through dark sh*t in front of the world? Yes, it’s an inconvenience, but it’s all relative."
Looking back on her time in Friends, and the reunion which was shown on Netflix earlier this year, Aniston revealed that her career had been 'nothing but blessed' - "even if it’s a terribly reviewed, dumb comedy, it doesn’t matter if it brings me joy," she said.
But on her personal life, back in her Twenties, she explained, "It was more personal stuff that I had expectations about...that was what was jarring, that we all had an idea of what the future was going to be and we were going to go hunker down and focus on this or that and then it all just changed overnight, and that was it. "
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But she added, "If it all hadn’t happened, I would not be sitting here the woman that I am."
In inserts in the interview, co-stars including her friends Adam Sandler and Jason Bateman discussed what a wonderful host Aniston is, and praised her cooking and her cosy get-togethers.
She, however, suggested that she likes to have people over because that way, she can maintain privacy.
"It’s a fine line to walk, maintaining some sort of mystery, but also being able to participate in current society — going out to dinner or being on Instagram," she admitted - her first Insta post gained her over a million followers in record-breaking time.
"And that’s the other thing about the pandemic: I’m prone to agoraphobia," she revealed, "I used to be like, 'Let’s go to dinner,' and now I’m like, “No, let’s not. Come over, come over, come over.'”
She also explained that she has only been to a handful of restaurants since the pandemic started - "the same ones because they required vaccinations.
"You know, someone literally called me a “liberal Vax-hole” the other day," she added.
"I don’t understand the disconnect right now, being bullied for wanting people not to be sick? I mean, that’s what we’re talking about."
Read the full interview here