Jennifer by the sea
You know what I did there. I am a sh-t.
Here’s Jennifer Aniston on the cover of Marie Claire. The photo shoot happened on a boat. She looks amazing. I love the shot of her in that grey hoodie, wearing joggers, her freckles visible below her bright blue eyes. It’s the one I would have chosen for the cover – this is America’s Sweetheart, so healthy and happy she’s glowing from within. It’s a sales strategy that almost never goes wrong. And, right now, considering what’s happening with her ex-husband and the woman who “replaced” her, well, I mean it’s hard not to draw the comparison.
Smug? No way! Who has time to be smug? And besides, she wrote an entire essay for the Huffington Post about this very subject. As she explains it;
"My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed. It's like, Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it? I just thought: I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human."
Yes but part of the work was maintaining that narrative. It’s the source of her popularity although, of course, all celebrities want you think it all goes back to their art, as if the MiniVan Majority’s devotion to Jennifer Aniston really comes from that movie she did with Gerard Butler. Kristin Hahn, Jen’s friend and producing partner, told Marie Claire that:
"People just love her. It's a blessing and a curse."
Right. And what is the origin of that love? You can try to tell me it’s her films but I’m not sure how you can argue that it’s not the fact that Rachel Green married the Sexiest Man Alive. But celebrities will always try to rewrite the origins of their fame. And, interestingly, Jen may be sensing that that position has, up to this point, been based on a rather weak foundation. She says she’s on the brink of change:
"This is a time when I'm not completely sure what I'm doing. I'm at this sort of crossroads trying to figure out what inspires me deep in my core. What used to make me tick is not necessarily making me tick any- more ... The most challenging thing right now is trying to find what it is that makes my heart sing."
Pretty sure that’s not Office Christmas Party though? That’s the movie she’s promoting with this magazine cover, yet another in an ever-growing series of ensemble comedies that seem to contradict her comments later on about her choosing her roles:
"You have to be so madly in love with it and think, I will be so upset if I don't go and play this person...Especially these days, with Justin in Melbourne. It has to be worth it."
Ummmm…does Office Christmas Party fit that description?
As for Justin Theroux and their relationship, from the minute they showed us their engagement ring in the paparazzi hub that is New Mexico, I’ve always said she’d found a worthy co-player in the fame game. And, in that sense, it truly is a beautiful partnership. When you can be completely transparent in your motivation and find someone who appreciates you for it:
"Why is he the right person for me? All I know is that I feel completely seen, and adored, in no matter what state. There's no part of me that I don't feel comfortable showing, exposing. And it brings forth the best part of myself, because I care about him so much. And he's such a good person. It hurts me to think of anything hurting him."
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