Leaving him naked
In a recent, rare and sincere interview, Jennifer Aniston talked about some emotional details of her education, demonstrating how much she had to overcome to get where she is today.
With a father who left her at an early age and a mother who constantly criticized her appearance, the former Friends star revealed that before becoming famous, the people in her family told her that she would never ‘earn a penny’ as an Actress.
On February 11, 1969, the future star was born in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, of two parents known in the entertainment industry. His father, John Aniston, was a well-known soap opera actor at the time, known for his role as Victor Kiriakis in the daytime drama Days of Our Lives.
His mother, Nancy Dow, was a model and actress who appeared in The Beverly Hillbillies and The Wild Wild West. Unfortunately, his family was about to be destroyed. Aniston was only nine years old when he came home one day to discover that his father had moved, leaving Dow as a single mother.
TV is not allowed
As a child, Aniston and her mother moved to New York City. Despite her parents’ careers on television, she was not allowed to watch television at home, unless she was sick and trapped in her home. However, she was able to go to the theater, which is what led her to her interest in acting.
When he was 11, he attended Waldorf School, followed by the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Higher School of Music, Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, where he participated in the school’s theater club.
While Aniston discovered her passion for acting, her parents continued to discourage her, hoping that keeping her away from television would make her forget her dreams and develop new interests.
In a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress revealed that her father was always very persistent in trying to persuade her to choose a different career. “My father’s advice has always been:‘ Don’t do it. Become a Doctor. Become a lawyer, “he recalled. However, it only made her” go even harder. “
One of the reasons why Aniston loved the theater so much was because he felt he excelled on stage, unlike how he felt in the classroom. The actress struggled during her school years, often feeling that she was not smart enough, having trouble keeping up with the rest of the class.
Only as an adult would she be diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability that causes difficulty reading. “I felt that all my traumas, tragedies and dramas of my childhood were explained,” he later told the Independent.
Unfortunately, living with an undiagnosed learning disability was not the only challenge Aniston faced growing up. After his father left, his mother had become severely critical, especially when it came to his goals and appearance.
“She was critical,” the actress revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. “She was very critical of me. Because she was a model, she was beautiful, dazzling. I was not never was. Honestly, I still don’t think of myself in that kind of light, which is fine. “
The Morning Show actress also revealed that her mother often dismissed her feelings by not taking her seriously when defending herself against her harsh criticism.
“Once, I raised my voice to my mother and yelled at her, and she looked at me and laughed. He was laughing at me for giving me the scream, “he recalled of the painful memory,” and it was like a blow to the stomach. “
Trying to do it
Focused on becoming an actress, an Aniston teenager first appeared on Off-Broadway shows like Dancing on Checker’s Grave and For Dear Life.
He also had to work in a variety of part-time jobs to stay financially, including as a waitress, telemarketer and bicycle messenger. The end of the 80s brought a supporting role in the science fiction film Mac and Me, followed by an appearance on The Howard Stern Show as a spokesperson for Nutrisystem.
In 1990, Aniston decided it was time to leave New York and head to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. Not long after her move, she was chosen for a comedy called Molloy, followed by Ferris Bueller, a television adaptation of the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Unfortunately, both series were canceled after only one season. More roles came later, as in the 1990 teen movie Cucumonga, for television, the 1993 horror movie Leprechaun and two failed comedy series, The Edge and Muddling Through.
After starring in four failed television series, Aniston began to feel discouraged, wondering if he would ever get the great rest he was waiting for. Then, one day, at a service station in Los Angeles, he saw NBC entertainment director Warren Littlefield.
She bravely approached him and asked if he should continue or just give up. The executive encouraged her to continue acting, and a few months later she even helped her be part of an upcoming comedy that would change her life, Friends.
It’s a girl
Aniston really rejected a role as a leading player on Saturday Night Live to star in Friends, while crossing her fingers so she wouldn’t fail as in the last four series in which she starred. As we know so far, he probably ended up making the right choice
Aniston’s performance as Rachel Green ended up throwing the actress to fame, with fans from around the world trying to imitate the style of the star and asking her hairdressers for the ‘Rachel cut’. And in 2002, he took home an Emmy for his role, followed by a Golden Globe the following year.
Despite all the success Aniston had, her mother was still not happy and continued to be critical for her life and career. Eventually, the actress simply could not stand the trial any longer, which eventually led to a dispute that would last many years.
In 1999, Dow published a memoir about her and her daughter’s tense relationship, from mother and daughter to friends, creating even more of a crack between the two. And in 2000, when Aniston married Brad Pitt, he refused to invite his mother to the wedding.
“Put your face”
Of course, the bitterness between Aniston and her mother began long before she became famous. At an early age, after seeing the dissolution of their parents’ marriage, their mother became emotionally exhausting, especially when it came to her appearance.
Speaking to Elle, the Friends star reminded her late mother: “She was from this world of ‘Honey, take better care of yourself’ or ‘Honey, put your face’ or all those strange bites I can remember from my childhood.”
Break your trust
Growing up, Dow often became obsessed with the appearance of his daughter. Finally, it affected her self-confidence and how she felt about herself. “I didn’t leave the model girl I expected and it was something that really resonated with me,” he said.
“This little girl who just wanted to be seen and wanted to be loved by a mother who was too busy with things that really didn’t matter.” Little did she know, she would eventually use many of her mother’s features for a role one day …
Using it for a paper
Her unfortunate experience with her mother while growing up is what attracted the actress to her acclaimed role in the Netflix 2018 comedy drama Dumplin. “
Aniston played the character of Rosie, a former beauty queen who does not apologize and who has a tense relationship with her little daughter. From the movie, the actress revealed: “One of the reasons I really loved the mother-daughter aspect was because it was very similar to what my mother was and our relationship.”
Friends becoming family
While Dumplin “may have reflected Aniston’s complicated relationship with his mother, it also reflects the loyal friendships he has created to fill a void of where his parents should be.” We always joked that we grew up, “he said during an interview.
To this day, Aniston has remained close to the cast of Friends, which became more of a family after joining more than 10 years. In fact, while Dow continued to discredit his daughter in the interviews, Courtney Cox defended himself by taking out a full page ad to honor Aniston’s victory as a Women’s ShoWest of the Year in 2005.
Of course, the drama between her and her mother is not all she has had to face in her past. Many of us can remember the highly publicized divorce between her and Brad Pitt in 2005.
Only five years after getting married at a luxurious wedding in Malibu, the couple quit smoking after accusations that he cheated on her with her co-star (and future wife) Angelina Jolie. Aniston was heartbroken, especially after Jolie spoke publicly about how he fell in love with Pitt on the set, while they were still married.
Second attempt to love
Finally, media attention faded and Aniston moved on, marrying actor Justin Theroux in 2015. Unfortunately, the marriage would only last two years until it also came to an end. At that time, the couple declared that they separated in friendly terms.
Later, the Friends star spoke more in depth about what happened, telling Elle that it was a choice he made after choosing “happiness.” He explained: “This is our only life and I would not be in a situation because of fear.” Afraid to be alone. Fear of not being able to survive. “
Just one year after Aniston and Theroux had married, his mother died at the age of 79 after a series of blows. At that time, the reports claimed that the two had reconciled shortly before their death.
However, not long after Dow’s death, it was revealed that the mother had removed Aniston from her will. Although the actress allegedly paid many of her mother’s bills over the years, her mother reportedly left her condo and “more than a million dollars” to a family relative.
In good terms
While Aniston may not have had the best relationship with his mother, he seems to have made peace with his father, John Aniston.
In a recent and rare setback on Instagram, the actress shared a couple of vacation photos of her and her father, who is now 86 years old and still stars in Days of Our Lives. The Morning Show star captioned the photo: “Christmas with one of my creators. I love you, dad ”, which shows that his relationship with his dad is in a good place.
In more recent years, the actress has revealed that she has learned to be more forgiving when it comes to her mother, stating that she understands that times were different at that time.
“My mother said those things because she really loved me,” he said. “It wasn’t her knowing that she would be doing some deep wounds that would later spend a lot of money to undo. She did it because with that she grew up.”
In his shoes
In addition, Aniston blames her mother’s trials for the challenges she had to face while raising her daughter. “I think I was just holding on and doing my best, struggling financially and dealing with a husband who was no longer there.”
He also declared the difficulties his mother faced in “being a single mother in the 80s”, something that surely was not an easy feat for anyone at that time.
More recently, Aniston has revealed that all the criticisms she received in her life have only made her the strong woman she is today. According to her, there were people close to her who didn’t think she would make it, which made her work even harder.
“If there were any detractors in my family,” This will never … never make a penny, “he said.” Just look at me. God knows now that I’m going to make a couple of dimes. “
No need for children
In addition to his career, another thing for which Aniston has been criticized in the past is his decision not to have children. The Friends star admitted that he totally agrees not to become a mother or wife. “Some people are made to be wives and have babies,” he said.
“I don’t know how naturally it occurs to me.” In addition, Aniston says he is not too worried about having a “happy ending” and says he is fed up with the message that society pushes women to marry and have children. for a certain age
Now, at 50, Aniston is doing better than ever. He recently appeared in Netflix’s hit comedy “Murder Mystery” with Adam Sandler and currently stars in the critically acclaimed drama of Apple TV + The Morning Show, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, showing no signs of slowing down.
Portraying a morning news anchor caught in the co-host’s scandal of misconduct has especially praised the actress while allowing her to show her talent on a more serious note than fans are accustomed to.
With another decade behind us, Aniston has left behind his complicated past and insists on looking forward in life. When People magazine asked her what 2019 taught her about herself, she explained that it was a year in which she learned how determined she really is.
“How much I am capable of,” she replied. “The words,” I dare you “or” No “always make me go,” Oh, it’s fine. Well, let’s see. “