Jennifer Aniston systematically dismantled several misconceptions about her she sees again and again. Aniston sat down with pal Molly McNearney (Jimmy Kimmel’s wife) for a wide-ranging chat for InStyle’s cover story. (Aniston and McNearney recently went to Tahiti with Kimmel and Aniston’s Friends BFF Courtney Cox).
ON HER PERSONAL LIFE
First up, Aniston tackled her love life, the subject of tabloid fodder following her split from Brad Pitt, and more recently, Justin Theroux (they split in February after two years of marriage and seven years as a couple).
"It’s pretty crazy," Aniston, 49, told the magazine. "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."
She continued, "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?"
Aniston also noted the different way women and men get analyzed in print.
"I’ve definitely had my fair share of sexism in the media," Aniston said. "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?"
ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Aniston also claimed women have actually harassed her more than men.
Aniston said: "I’ve definitely had some sloppy moves made on me by other actors, and I handled it by walking away. I’ve never had anyone in a position of power make me feel uncomfortable and leverage that over me."
In fact, she said, "In my personal experience I’ve been treated worse verbally and energetically by some women in this industry."