Jennifer Aniston SLAMS Idea She’s Too “Selfish” To Get Pregnant
Jennifer Aniston blasts sexism and the media pressure put on her to have a baby in a revealing new Allure cover interview. The actress has won acclaim for her new film Cake, in which she gives a less-than-glamorous portrayal of a woman suffering chronic pain, but Aniston is irritated by the idea that a woman’s performance is graded by her looks.
“A woman going physically unattractive is where you get recognition and some sort of respect. You read things like, ‘Oh, finally, she’s acting!'” Aniston tells the magazine, saying it’s “quite sexist, to be honest, because men don’t get that.” She says the term “feminism” is complicated “because people overcomplicate it. It’s simply believing in equality between men and women. Pretty basic.”
Aniston is also getting tired of tabloid fascination with her uterus. “I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women — that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated. I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering — dogs, friends, friends’ children.”
She adds, “I have a lot of friends who decided not to have children, who can’t have children, or are trying but are having a difficult time. There’s all sorts of reasons why children aren’t in people’s lives, and no one has the right to assume. It’s quite rude, insulting and ignorant.”
“This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is,” says Aniston. “Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat.”
Aniston also opened up about her relationship with fiancé Justin Theroux. “[Justin and I] got to know each other in [Wanderlust], but we met when he was writing Tropic Thunder. But [Wanderlust] is where we all became really good friends. We got together way after we shot this movie, so whenever we come upon it, it’s so weird; we weren’t even, like, thinking of each other in those terms back then.”
She says, “I’m so proud of him. We have so much fun together… It was nice to learn how to sort of relinquish control and let someone really care deeply for you. It’s quite wonderful.” What do you think of Jennifer Aniston’s interview with Allure?