Jennifer Aniston reveals that Hollywood stereotyped her as an actress but, her new movie allowed her to break free
Jennifer Aniston, 45, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss her film career and her latest movie ‘Cake’. The Friends actress revealed that her latest feature film is the “the greatest thing that ever happened” to her.
“I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to be in a conversation that has to do with something other than trite, silly, you know, ‘Are you pregnant?’ ‘When are you this?’ ‘What’s your hair doing?’ You know, or, ‘You’re just a rom-com person!’ Anything just to have a discussion about the work!”
Jennifer Aniston broke down her experiences in Hollywood since Friends was canceled nearly 20 years ago. But, one thing Aniston did reveal was that Hollywood did typecast her as an actress and “stereotyped” what type of roles she could or could not do.
As Aniston tells it, though, she has long harbored aspirations of breaking outside of that sort of a box, in which she feels she’s been “stereotyped” since Friends. She trained as an actress, takes the craft seriously and craved different opportunities than she’s been offered since her rise to fame. “It’s been a frustrating thing,” she confesses. She didn’t want to be thought of as “only the girl next door, only the funny gal”; rather, she says, “I wanted to explore human beings and human experiences.” When she concluded that she wouldn’t be getting those opportunities, she formed a production company with others and began seeking them out for herself. And when she learned about Cake, she knew that she had found a perfect match.
Despite working the project that allowed her to express her acting abilities, Jennifer Aniston said that playing a woman living with chronic pain was “terrifying” and “risky”. But, she admitted that “‘You’ve got to try. At this point, who cares? If you fall flat on your face, fine, you fall flat on your face.’ That’s what people are probably expecting anyway, because everybody loves to sit there with their little swords and get ready to go, ‘A-ha, see? You suck!'”
Check out the full interview with Jennifer Aniston here. It is an amazing look at one of Hollywood’s elite actors who are trying to break the traditional Hollywood mold.
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