We knew it would come, and here it is. Jennifer Aniston’s first magazine interview since her split with Justin “Edgy” Theroux. I just have to say this at the top, just to get it out of my system: I’m still shocked that Jennifer and Justin have just been breezing through their post-split narratives with only a modicum of drama. We STILL don’t know if Jennifer and Justin were even legally married, and there hasn’t been one whiff of divorce or separation papers filed in any court. How is no one talking about that? Adding to my suspicions, Jennifer only agreed to this InStyle cover because her friend Molly McNearney did the interview. Molly is Jimmy Kimmel’s wife, and Molly softballed Aniston throughout the entire piece – go here to read the full cover interview. Some highlights:
Joking with Molly about various tabloid rumors: “You’re the only person who could start an interview like that and actually send me into hysterics, not hives. There are definitely moments of not being balanced and poised, but I do that all in my own personal space. 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.”
On the”biggest misconception” about herself: “Oh, boy, there are so many. Let’s see. I’ll just Google myself and find out…Oh, look, I’m having a $100,000 revenge makeover!” The never-ending tabloid stories can be “pretty crazy. 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. And second, 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?”
She’s experienced her “fair share of sexism in the media”: “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?”
What’s next for Jen: “There have been moments when I would just love to get out of Dodge and move to Switzerland—or somewhere—and start anew. Just have this sh-t behind me. Does it really matter? Are we really doing anything? What is my life’s purpose? Every seven years I try to sum up what I am doing and what I want to make my focus. I’m trying to make better choices. I went through a period of saying yes to projects that I shouldn’t have, but I felt like, “How dare I say no?” Now I’m trying to get better at saying no and to be a part of projects that actually, really matter…. [but] I’m grateful as long as people still want me to come to the party. I think I’ll always want to keep acting as long as there’s a desire for me to do it. As long as I’m fulfilled in other ways creatively, spiritually and all of that stuff, I know that I could do this until they put me in a home.”
“First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken.” I believe her. I thought that in the immediate wake of her split with Justin that Jennifer would dust off the “Poor Lonely Jen” narrative yet again and wrap herself up in it like a comfortable old sweater. But she didn’t do that. She ignored Justin’s edgy bulls–t, didn’t engage with the tabloid sh-t and went back to work. At this point, I honestly don’t think she even gives a sh-t about Justin. So… it’s good that don’t have to actually go through divorce proceedings and fight over their assets? Ha, we still don’t know.
As for this – “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.” If she doesn’t want to talk about it, so be it and it’s truly her business. She’s almost 50 years old – it’s truly time to stop talking about this woman’s womb. Godspeed, Jen.
Photos courtesy of InStyle.