Why Gloria Steinem Is Sticking Up for Jennifer Aniston

Rebecca Zamer
Yahoo Celebrity

Jennifer Aniston may be one of Tinsel town's most famous actresses, but ever since her marriage with Brad Pitt fell apart eight years ago, the media has been relentless. Now, Gloria Steinem is coming to her defense.

The 79-year-old, women's activist told People at Thursday night's premiere of the new HBO documentary, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," that Aniston's life can't compare to her own.

“I can say whatever it is that I feel. But because of her art and because she is known for playing characters, by definition not herself — I think it's more difficult for an actor like Jennifer to be understood as a unique human being."

The two women met when Aniston interviewed Steinem at February's MAKERS Conference, touching on gender diversity in Hollywood, feminism, and Steinem's impact on women's advancement.

While Aniston's life might be misunderstood by many, Steinem thinks that the 45-year-old actress is unfairly judged for not being married with children.

"What about George Clooney? Nobody brings that up, and he's much more ostentatiously unmarried with no kids — but in a fine way."

Well, Aniston may not be judged for being unmarried much longer. After all, she is engaged to Justin Theroux. Check out this video to see what else Steinem had to say, and tune in to "The Insider" on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.