Jennifer Aniston: I Haven't Failed at Being a Woman Because I'm Not a Mom

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Jennifer Aniston is really tired of the mommy talk, folks.

The 45-year-old Life of Crime actress sat down with talk show host Carson Daly (whose fiancée recently gave birth to the couple's third child incidentally) today and revealed she's weary of always being asked about motherhood.

Daly, whose interview with Aniston was taped for the Today show, referenced a February Q&A session the Cake star had with Gloria Steinem where the two women discussed society's pressure on women to fit a certain mold. In particular, the importance placed on being married and becoming a mother.

Aniston recalled, "I'd talked to her [Gloria] personally about this for a while, just because it is such an issue of, like, 'Are you married yet? Are you going to have your babies yet?'"

"I don't have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and ... if they're not checked, then I've failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman because I haven't birthed a child.

The Friends actress, a self-professed dog lover, added, "I've birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I've mothered many things. And I don't feel like it's fair to put that pressure on people."

Aniston, who has been engaged to The Leftovers star Justin Theroux since 2012, has been plagued with questions regarding her plans for children for years.


While I absolutely concur that there is far too much emphasis placed on becoming a mother in society as a whole, Jen has been victim to increased scrutiny. This is probably attributable to the fact her famous ex husband Brad Pitt went onto marry and have children with the equally famous Angelina Jolie, making for one very high-profile love triangle.

Still, enough already.

Watch Jen's interview with Carson below.



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  • Sophie Georgini
    Sophie Georgini

    Then comes along Angelina Jolie who, as we all know, absolutely loves children and planned to have many. When she and Brad worked together on Mr. and Mrs. Smith, their love was inevitable. It was going to happen and there wasn't anything anyone could do about it. You should never deny yourself love. We only have one life to live and it is actually a short life. So we must do what we can to be happy and chase our dreams, even if we must embark on a new path and leaving the old one behind. Brad and Angelina were meant to be together. PERIOD. It was in the stars and I, for one, have been so happy for them.

  • Sophie Georgini
    Sophie Georgini

    Jennifer Aniston lost Brad Pitt because her body and career was far too important to her, than to start a family. She may have told Brad she wanted children prior to their marriage but she had proven time and time again during it, that she doesn't want kids. and she STILL doesn't. Brad has longed to have children yet found himself a prisoner to that childless marriage, instead.