Jennifer Aniston: I Refuse ‘to Be Whittled Down to a Sad, Childless Human’

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Few actors know the microscopic, obsessive scrutiny that Jennifer Aniston has endured for over two decades. Most people in her shoes would likely toss in the towel and opt for a life far, far away from the spotlight. Instead the 47-year-old actress is standing her ground and calling out news outlets that ruthlessly criticize every aspect of her private life. Like the Op-Ed she wrote this summer for the Huffington Post, her new interview with Marie Claire lent her another opportunity to discuss the kind of shaming and judgment continually lobbed at her by the media.

“My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed,” she said. “It’s like, Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it? I just thought: I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.”

Jennifer Aniston Poses for Marie Claire
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During the chat, Aniston also discussed her marriage with her husband Justin Theroux, explaining that she doesn’t hold anything back in this relationship.

“Why is he the right person for me? All I know is that I feel completely seen, and adored, in no matter what state,” she shared. “There’s no part of me that I don’t feel comfortable showing, exposing. And it brings forth the best part of myself, because I care about him so much. And he’s such a good person. It hurts me to think of anything hurting him.”

The Friends alum explained that, in terms of her career, she doesn’t know what comes next. But she’s not concerned; instead she’s waiting for a project that will inspire her.

“This is a time when I’m not completely sure what I’m doing,” she told the magazine. “I’m at this sort of crossroads trying to figure out what inspires me deep in my core. What used to make me tick is not necessarily making me tick any- more [sic] … The most challenging thing right now is trying to find what it is that makes my heart sing.”

You can pick up the Marie Claire issue featuring Jennifer Aniston on newsstands Nov. 15.