This week’s tabloids have two somewhat related (in my mind) stories about Jennifer Aniston. Neither story is really “negative” although one of them has my douche-radar humming, although that radar tends to ping constantly regarding Justin Theroux. So, in the wake of the box office failure of Wanderlust, it seems like Jennifer might be coming around to the idea that she needs to get out of her comfort zone and try something new. Star Magazine claims that the “something new” is Jennifer handing over her financial and business affairs to Justin. I really hope this isn’t happening.
In a move that signals the couple are heading toward marriage, a pal reveals that Jennifer Aniston, 43, has opened her portfolio for Justin Theroux, allowing him to control her financial future.
“He wants to turn her into a shrewder business-woman and expand her empire,” an insider reveals. He knows how much money she has and is actively trying to double it. But the move has some of her good friends worried.
“Justin is coming off a major career setback since Rock of Ages and Wanderlust tanked, and he’s already talking about sinking her money into another collaboration,” says the source. But Jen doesn’t seem concerned: “She trusts Justin 100 percent.”
[From Star Magazine, print edition]
I would be worried too – since Jennifer got with Justin, her business affairs haven’t been all that great. Of course, she’s still an extremely wealthy woman – no joke, she’s one of the richest women in Hollywood. But there are still some concerns – Wanderlust sunk and Jennifer isn’t being offered many quality scripts and she even lost more than $500K when she sold her New York apartments! She’s also been flip-flopping around LA real estate for a year, staying in pricey rentals and fancy hotels while she and Justin allegedly fix up some monstrous, money-pit Bel Air mansion. I’m not blaming all of that stuff on Jennifer or Justin – perhaps she needs better money management in general?
And the second part of the “Aniston needs to get out of her comfort zone” – The Enquirer claims that Courteney Cox has convinced Aniston that she needs to come back to television:
In a startling mid-career switch, Jennifer Aniston is returning to TV thanks to Courteney Cox. Aniston is tired of her hit-and-miss movie track record, and she’s taking Courteney’s advice to land a top-notch TV project – probably for HBO or Showtime – where she can reinvent herself as she makes the transition to mature leading lady, say insiders.
“Jennifer’s looking for an edgy, character-driven show along the lines of Edie Falco’s Nurse Jackie, Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds, or Glenn Close in Damages,” a source told the Enquirer. “She’s tired of so-so film scripts, bad movie reviews and disappointing box-office sales. She also thinks she’s getting too old to star in big-screen romantic comedies. So after a heart-to-heart with Courteney, she made up her mind to reinvent herself as a serious actress back on TV where she got her start.”
Jennifer is desperate for a juicy role she can sink her teeth into the way her good friend Laura Dern’s done in “Enlightened” the source added. And her production team is said to be working overtime looking for projects with memorable female characters.
“She joked she’ll even play a one-legged, crack-addicted prostitute as long as it’s a believable role,” reveals the source. “Jen hasn’t had a great movie review since ‘The Good Girl’ way back in 2002… she’s hoping a dramatic TV role can win her the praise she’s been lacking from her recent films.”
[From The Enquirer, print edition]
I chuckled at “like Glenn Close in Damages” because… well, bless her heart. Glenn Close is an acting legend, and she KILLS IT on Damages. But the other comparisons – Mary-Louise Parker on Weeds, Laura Dern on that fruity hippie show Enlightened and maybe Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie (although that one is a stretch too, kind of) – those are decent. I could definitely see Aniston returning to TV – in fact, I’ve suggested it for years. Aniston is a television actress – there’s no shame in it. Her best work was on Friends, a well-written, well-acted network ensemble, and nothing she’s ever done in film has even come close to comparing to it.
You know what I think is slightly interesting, though? All of Aniston’s Friends costars (save for David Schwimmer) have returned to TV in various ways. Lisa Kudrow has Showtime’s Web Therapy (I just saw an episode with Meryl Streep, FTLOG!), Courteney has Cougar Town, Matt LeBlanc has Episodes (he’s been winning awards for it too), and Matthew Perry has done a string of TV work, including the short-lived (and much missed) Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Good Wife and a new series, Mr. Sunshine. Why doesn’t Aniston compare herself to any of them? She should be so lucky.
Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.
Written by Kaiser
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