Jennifer Aniston’s name is one that has never seemed to stop being printed on the front cover of tabloid magazines, and more often than not, the story involves something about her being ‘heartbroken’ or questioning whether or not she’s pregnant.
We’re really not sure how many times she has to call out these writers before they stop, but in a new interview with InStyle, Jen touched on a number of topics including tabloids, sexism in Hollywood and of course, reuniting with her Friends family.
“I’ve definitely had my fair share of sexism in the media,” she says.
“Women are picked apart and pitted against one another based on looks and clothing and superficial stuff. When a couple breaks up in Hollywood, it’s the woman who is scorned. The woman is left sad and alone. She’s the failure.
“F that. When was the last time you read about a divorced, childless man referred to as a spinster?”
“It’s pretty crazy,” she continues on speaking about the stories.
“The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken.
“Those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors.
“No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?”
TELL EM’ JEN!
“For the most part I can sit back and laugh at the ridiculous headlines because they have gotten more and more absurd. I guess they’re feeding into some sort of need the public has, but I focus on my work, my friends, my animals, and how we can make the world a better place. That other stuff is junk food that needs to go back in its drawer.”
When speaking on harassment in the workplace, Jen says she’s been treated even worse by some women.
“I’ve definitely had some sloppy moves made on me by other actors, and I handled it by walking away. I’ve never had anyone in a position of power make me feel uncomfortable and leverage that over me.
“In my personal experience I’ve been treated worse verbally and energetically by some women in this industry.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be an interview with Jen without asking about a Friends reunion. Whether you’re a fan who wants Hollywood to leave it alone, or someone who’s dying to see it return, there is a little something for everyone in her answer.
“Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back. Courteney [Cox] and Lisa [Kudrow] and I talk about it. I fantasize about it. It really was the greatest job I ever had. I don’t know what it would look like today, but you never know. So many shows are being successfully rebooted.
“I know Matt LeBlanc doesn’t want to be asked that question anymore. But maybe we could talk him into it. Or we just give it some time and then Lisa, Courteney, and I could reboot The Golden Girls and spend our last years together on wicker furniture.”
So what’s next?
Jen is set to star in a new musical comedy titled Dumplin’, which follows the story of an ex-pageant queen. According to Jen, the story is an homage to Dolly Parton, who has also written six songs for the film!
We can’t wait to hear more about this one!