Jennifer Aniston has played the girl next door practically her entire career — both onscreen and off — but, until recently, she’s never been more relatable. During Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival, the largest festival for children in Europe, the actress gave a candid interview regarding her experiences with insecurities, hardships, and and regrets.
After a girl asked Aniston if she ever woke up in the morning not knowing who she was, the Friends star gave a deep, honest answer. “There are not enough fingers and toes in this entire room to count how many times that moment has happened to me,” she told the crowd, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “We’re all human beings at the end of the day, whether we’re a waitress or a baker or a student or whatever we are; at the end of the day, you kind of hit walls and think, I kind of can’t go any farther. Or this is too much. My heart can’t take it or the pain is too great, or am I good enough? Will I survive? And you just have to sort of somehow miraculously overcome. You just go, ‘I can’t, yes I can, yes you can.’”
While most celebrities perpetuate a sense of perfection — barely aging and living a life of immense luxury — Aniston is dropping the veil and letting her fans know that her life isn’t flawless.
This heartfelt message comes only weeks after Jennifer penned an essay for the Huffington Post regarding recent rumors saying she was pregnant. The vicious gossip prompted Aniston to say that she’s finally “fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body-shaming that occurs daily,” and that these public critiques can do more than just take a toll on a person.
However, Aniston finished her essay with yet another empowering note, writing, “we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone.”
With so many celebrities focused on the superficial aspect of Hollywood, it’s refreshing to see one explain a more real take on the matter of being a woman under scrutiny in the media. With celebrity status comes a platform to speak up for change, and Jennifer Aniston is clearly very aware of her opportunity to give the honest truth about such a cutthroat industry.
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