She has been the golden girl of America’s TV screens for over two decades but behind close doors Jennifer Aniston admits she has been having breakdowns.
The Friends star says she wouldn’t even admit the distress to herself and it has only taken her gritty TV role in ‘The Morning Show’ to acknowledge what she has been through.
Jen – whose marriages and divorces have captivated news headlines for years – says her Emmy nominated role as TV anchor Alex Levy enduring her co-anchors MeToo claims has been ‘therapy’ for her real life.
‘That show was 20 years of therapy wrapped into 10 episodes,’ confessed the 51-year-old A-lister.
‘There were times when I would read a scene and feel like a whole manhole cover was taken off my back.’
Jen said the whole experience was ‘cathartic’ personally and shared her own private hell further saying it was ‘also interesting for me to look at how I always have tried to normalise being fine and “everything’s great, you know, this is all normal,” and then there are moments when you have your private breakdown…’
Aniston – who co-stars with Reese Witherspoon in the Apple TV show – admitted the screen role made her face her problems.
‘To actually look at it from an actor brain observing it and acknowledging it, I had to look at it as opposed to pretending it doesn’t exist.’
She said Levy’s fame is comparable to her own when she has just wanted to hide away.
‘There have been moments — not to that level of hysteria — but moments of “I don’t want to f***ing go here.” “I don’t want to walk out onto the carpet,” “I don’t want to be seen,”,’ she said.
‘“I don’t want to be looked at and everyone’s going to be talking about me and judging me”… that’s real.
‘I just loved being able to walk into it and lean into it and not be ashamed of it, but actually just… it was like… Ooooooooooh!’
Jennifer is now up for a lead actress gong at the upcoming Emmy awards, having previously taken home an SAG award for her performance in the series.
She is going up against Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, Zendaya for her portrayal of Rue in Euphoria, Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, and Laura Linney for playing Wendy Byrde in Ozark.
More guilty pleasures…
Jesy Brightons up after split
Brighton rocks for Jesy Nelson after she chose the resort to officially debut her budding romance with Our Girl hunk Sean Sagar.
The lovers looked smitten as they strolled along the prom which runs alongside the famous pebbly beach. Little Mix siren Jesy dressed to impress in slashed jeans and a crop top as the 30-year-old actor took her hand.
The couple, who met via mutual friends, have been flirting for a while on their social media and already have one staycation under their belt – a trip to Newquay in Cornwall.
Jesy’s Love Island ex Chris Hughes is said to be shell-shocked at how quickly the 29-year-old Holiday singer has moved on after their break-up a few months ago.
James’s meat diet was a huge mis-steak
James Blunt says he ended up with scurvy after eating only chicken and mince while at uni.
Guilty Pleasures’ lockdown agony uncle said he decided to concentrate on eating meat as a reaction to the number of vegans and vegetarians studying alongside him at the University of Bristol.
‘Out of principle I decided I’d become a carnivore and just lived on mince, some chicken, maybe with some mayonnaise,’ James, 46, told Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast.
‘It took me six to eight weeks to get very unhealthy and see a doctor, who then said, “I think you’ve got symptoms of scurvy”.’
Posh and Becks could save some dosh on their son’s plans for a lavish wedding in Italy after Brooklyn suggested he has already married actress
Nicola Peltz. Exchanging sweet nothings in one of their Instagram selfies, Nicola, 25, wrote ‘my forever’ while 21-year-old photographer Brooklyn replied: ‘My wife.’
The Guilty Gutter
Mariah Carey hasn’t been resting on her laurels during lockdown.
A new album, The Rarities, is out on October 2 and features unreleased songs, demos and B-sides.
Mimi, 50, tweeted: ‘This one is for you, my fans.’
If it doesn’t rain, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande will make sure it pours after the Rain On Me duo agreed to perform at this month’s socially distanced MTV Video Music Awards.
The superstars are nominated for seven gongs jointly. Blackbear wants his moniker to just be ‘bear’… but there’s a problem.
The 29-year-old, whose album – everything means nothing – drops on Friday, said: ‘I would like to just be bear but it’s hard when it comes to Google and stuff.’
The Morning Show is available now on Apple TV.
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