Actress Jennifer Aniston sat down with InStyle for a one-on-one interview with her friend, screenwriter Molly McNearney, to set a few things straight. First order of business: please stop saying Jen (as her friends call her) can’t keep a man.
In the Q&A-style interview, Aniston had this to say:
It’s pretty crazy. 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. 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?
According to Aniston, the headlines, for the most part, are easy to ignore.
She tells McNearney:
There are definitely moments of not being balanced and poised, but I do that all in my own personal space. For the most part I can sit back and laugh at the ridiculous headlines because they have gotten more and more absurd. I guess they’re feeding into some sort of need the public has, but I focus on my work, my friends, my animals, and how we can make the world a better place. That other stuff is junk food that needs to go back in its drawer.
Aniston was getting mad support online from other women who are tired of the double standard.
Love this interview with Jennifer Aniston. Great truth and insight. Women stop shaming women!!! Our lives are a vast paradox of accomplishments that go beyond a man, a child and the superficial. We are worthy.https://t.co/SJTl5oWpOa
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 1, 2018
— Molly McNearney (@mollymcnearney) August 1, 2018
I mean how can you not like Jennifer Aniston. ♀️it’s so easy for people to say ignore the negative, but not when people constantly throw it at you or make assumptions. I don’t know her personally but she’s always been a class act to me
— OLIVIA (@1andonlyOlivia) August 1, 2018
People are totally feeling her vibe.
She's living her life…they way she wants…..good for her! pic.twitter.com/pB9VhB9YXn
— Alli (@allikins33) August 1, 2018
I'm 200% here for this quote from Jennifer Aniston's interview: pic.twitter.com/lHAWL8S9g6
— Cher (@thecherness) August 1, 2018
She’s led an astounding and successful career for well over 20 years, doesn’t need a man, doesn’t need babies, continues to defy time and ages backwards, still keeps it real, and tells it like it is. Jennifer Aniston, you truly are one of a kind. pic.twitter.com/rfF4L3siFr
— kelly (@notxjenxaniston) August 1, 2018
Jennifer Aniston talking about how society imposes motherhood as our only option to valid ourselves as women is my favorite thing in the whole world. pic.twitter.com/2g4ts4CIDa
— gab (@hollygolightIy) August 1, 2018
It all comes down to this…
We are ENOUGH!
— credoesitall (@credoesitall1) August 1, 2018