Jennifer Aniston: family are the people around you

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Jennifer Aniston’s invitro comedy co-starring Justin Bateman, The Switch, is coming out in the US next Friday. A press conference was held to promote the film and of course Aniston was asked how and if her character’s situation might parallel her own life. (I remember Aniston joking about this while she was promoting Marley and Me, and telling Letterman that journalists often asked her awkward questions about it, like “In this movie, you are a mother of three, and the wife of a man. Does this, you know, inspire you to want to have three children and be the wife of a man?“) Aniston, 41, repeated her claim that she does want children one day, but said she probably won’t go about it through artificial insemination like her character. She also had some nice things to say about what constitutes a family, and it made me smile the way she explained it. Here’s more:

On how women don’t need a man to have a child
“Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child. Times have changed and that is also what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents’ days when you can’t have children because you have waited too long.”

On how family are the people ‘in your sphere’
“The point of the movie is what is it that defines family? It isn’t necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot. Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere. That is what I love about this movie. It is saying it is not the traditional sort of stereotype of what we have been taught as a society of what family is.”

On if she wants to be a mom
“Yeah, I have said it years before and I still say it today.”

On if she’s going to get invitro like her character
“I don’t have plans on that, no.”

On what she learned from her character
“I’ve learned something from Kassie and every character I’ve played. Especially, in this case, the women in my life I’ve known who have gone through the struggles and heartbreak frustrations of fertility, adoption, and all of that.

“I think that’s why this jumped out for me, so immediately. Because I thought it was so timely and progressive and hadnt been previously discussed. And to have a love story woven through it, was just sorta beautiful. And it’s hysterical.”

On if if it’s possible to remain friends after a breakup
“Yes, it is.”

On if it’s possible to be friends with someone of the opposite sex without being attracted to them
“Yeah, I have [been]. I think it’s hard. I think women have an easier time of it than men do.”

[Quotes from People and OK!]

Aniston is close friends with Sheryl Crow, who is single at 48 and recently adopted her second child. I can see how she would consider adoption as a single mom, if she’s so inclined. (And there’s been plenty of speculation on that in the media.) One thing that strikes me about Aniston, though, is that she really doesn’t enjoy doing press for her films. She needs to feel comfortable in order to give a good interview and you can tell from these brief responses that she’s totally over answering all these personal questions about her life.

On another note, The Baster looks pretty funny just judging from the trailer and I hope it’s a success. We’ll see how it does when it comes out next week, but I imagine it will hang in there at the box office. We recently heard that Aniston was the fourth highest paid actress last year despite the fact that her films weren’t high performers at the box office. Having a hit on her resume will only increase her massive income.

Jennifer Aniston is shown out in London on 7/21/10. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. bite me says:

    Aniston only gets paid $8 million per film sometimes less depndeding on the film budget, the rest of the money came from endorsements and residuals from friends…the baster or what ever its called will bomb big time…doesn’t aniston have two brothers, and two parents still alive and kicking

  2. DD says:

    I don’t really know or care how much money she earns and I’m not really interested in the movies she’s been making… not my genre, but she is looking damn good.

  3. Whatever says:

    I bet she is sick of answering these same stupid questions for however many years. I really think Jen has moved on and the rest of the world needs to let it go. She looks great in the pictures.

  4. dre says:

    Love her films, and have seen every one! I think she great!!

  5. mslewis says:

    She may hate answering these types of questions but these are the only questions she will get because she is basically a very boring person. Her life seems to be uninteresting and rather banal. She doesn’t travel; she doesn’t seem to read; she seems to know nothing of the world. The woman needs to do something interesting so that the magazines interviewing her will have something to ask her besides “when are you going to have a kid”?

    And saying a family is “those around you” sounds like what a very lonely person says to convince herself she isn’t lonely. And having millions in the bank does not make your life better if all you have in your life is a mishmash of “friends” and people you have hired to take care of you.

    P.S.: Yes, Jennifer does look good. And, no, this movie will not be a hit.

  6. lambchops says:

    I think it’s much easier to have child without a partner if you are a rich actress who can hire nannies, servants and have tons of help. For most middle class single moms, it’s hard as sh*t.Hollywood needs to stop preaching that you don’t need a partner, as thought it’s easy for all women. Also, for most women if you wait to have children and can’t afford expensive medical treatments, there is a time-line on getting pregnant. Different rules for those with tons of money, but I wish these actresses would make a distinction. Not to mention how sexist it is to say men aren’t needed for child rearing. They sure as hell are.

  7. meme says:

    She is NEVER going to get pregnant. Adopt, maybe, but she’s never going to get pregnant.

  8. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “And saying a family is “those around you” sounds like what a very lonely person says to convince herself she isn’t lonely.”

    pardon me, but who makes the rules about who people are supposed to consider family? YOU?

    family is not necessarily the people who are biologically-linked to you. some people are estranged from their biological family and consider their “family” to be their close friends.

    while I am lucky enough to have my biological family close to me, there are plenty of people I know are not that lucky, and to state that they only consider their friends as their “family” to convince themselves that they’re not “lonely” is pretty close-minded of you.

    it’s also kind of insulting to those who do count friends as family, as well as the friends (like me) who are considered as family.

  9. Whatever says:

    Not to mention how sexist it is to say men aren’t needed for child rearing. They sure as hell are.
    ————————–

    I’m not reading it that way. I take the message is that it is better to do it on your own than to settle just because you want a baby. Sadly, I can think of a least a dozen women I have known who got or stayed married to douches because they wanted a baby or thought they needed a man.

    Not everyone needs the same things to be happy. The house with the white picket fence can be a prison or tomb for some people, while for others it is a dream.

  10. Abbs says:

    “And saying a family is “those around you” sounds like what a very lonely person says to convince herself she isn’t lonely.”

    Um- really? This comment makes me think you don’t have any very close friendships.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I too imagine she’s sick of those questions, but once she agreed years ago to answer stuff like that, they’re always going to ask. It’s really no one’s business, and I wish she’d say as much, but I doubt she ever will.

    I have to disagree about the lonely comment too. Having friends close enough you consider family doesn’t make you lonely, it makes you lucky.

  12. Cheyenne says:

    I don’t think she will ever have a child by birth or by adoption. I think she feels her life is fine the way it is, but she feels compelled to keep making vague statements about motherhood because of tabloid rumors and her fans’ expectations. Can you imagine the flap if she just came out and said “No, I have no plans to have or adopt a child now or ever”? The heavens would fall in tabloid territory.

  13. mln says:

    I find it hard to empathize with Jen on the stupid questions especially since the subject matter is so blantantly tacky it was her choice to do this film. OF COURSE the press would ask her about it. Since more than likely the movie/script is not that great I have to think she wanted the money but still wants to play the victim.

  14. mslewis says:

    Sorry if my “lonely” comment offended but I stand by what I said. It is my opinion. I don’t think there can possibly be friends in a person’s life who can replace actual family. Friends come and go, family is forever.

    Chey, I totally agree, Jennifer does not want children and she never has. Good for her, but I would respect her so much more if she just came out and said so rather than keep up this charade of “yes, I’m going to have kids” someday. The fact is, the woman is going on 42, has a knockout body that she pays a fortune to take care of and there is no way she’s going to mess that up. I don’t blame her because getting back in shape after 40 is hard.

  15. Amy says:

    Yeesh, I’ve never given Jennifer Aniston a second thought. Why do people loathe her so much? She seems harmless enough. I’ve never heard of her doing / saying anything remotely offensive.

    If you don’t like her lame rom-coms, then don’t watch them, but you’d think she’s the devil by some of the comments on her news items!

  16. Crash2GO2 says:

    I wonder, if she really doesn’t yet know if she will adopt for have bio children, she wouldn’t just say that. I think she does still want them at this time.

  17. original kate says:

    @ praise st. angie: thanks! i couldn’t have said it better myself.

    @ mslewis: obviously you have no close friends and cannot understand the concept of friends as family. how sad for you.

  18. Juice in LA says:

    OH CB! thank you for saying the trailer looks funny- because I think so too, and the shame is consuming me. If asked which movie I would prefer to see this summer: “SINC deuce” or “The Switch”, I would have answered “The Expendables because I want to know what a “mangasm” is”….

    but now I see the trailer for The Switch and I think- crap I am dragging my man to this thing…

    Truth is I don’t want to know what a mangasm is…

  19. Cheyenne says:

    Crash, she has been coming out with these I-will-have-or-adopt-a-baby-one-of-these-days pronouncements for the past five years. What’s she waiting for? The longer she waits, the less likely it is to happen.

  20. hatuh says:

    I have a sister-in-law who is in the same situation, minus the hit movies and gazillions of dollars. She doesn’t even always keep us (her family) up to date on her latest baby news (or lack thereof). Why do you people act like you have the right to know her personal business? Why do you act like she’s lying to you, personally, when she says she wants a baby someday? Why should she “just say that”? My sister-in-law changes her mind a LOT. And nobody (at least not the cool people) in our family acts like they have a right to know what’s she’s thinking at any given moment. It’s none of your business.

    Also, I think The Switch is going to totally rock the box office. Then eeryone can say, “It’s not because of HER it’s because of Jason Bateman and Juliet Lewis blah blah blah.” Whatever.

  21. Janeth says:

    Cheyenne: How does it affect your life in any way? She will have a baby or adopt a baby when SHE wants not when you see it convenient.

  22. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “I don’t think there can possibly be friends in a person’s life who can replace actual family.”

    unless you have a toxic family that bring you only pain, and your friends are the ones who support you, emotionally, financially, etc…when your bio family won’t.

    perhaps the difference in opinion here stems from you not understanding that the term “family” doesn’t always refer to one’s biologically-linked family. maybe you, personally, would only refer to bio-family as “family”, whereas plenty of people in this world refer to anyone who is supportive of them as “family”. ESPECIALLY people who have stepped in to act as family when the bio-family isn’t acting very “familial”. perhaps you’re just lucky enough that you’ve never had to consider the difference in meaning to different people.

    as I said, I know people who have virtually no contact with anyone bio-related to them because of how destructive their family was to their well-being. they now consider close friends to be their family, because that is who they lean on in times of trouble.

    again, for you to dismiss their feeling of who is “family” to THEM by saying “oh, they’re just trying to convince themselves that they’re not lonely” and then defending that slur with “it’s my opinion” is not only closed-minded, but insulting.

    “Friends come and go, family is forever.”

    and for SOME people, that is reversed. it’s the (bio) family that comes and goes…coming into your life when they need something, and going out when they’ve gotten what they need from you, but never offering anything in return. and it’s the friends that are there forever.

    this may not be YOUR experience, (oh, I’m sorry…your “opinion”…) but it is for others.

    open your mind.

  23. Hane says:

    I like her a lot.

  24. Kelley says:

    Totally agree with No. 9 !!

  25. P.J. says:

    Forgive me for bringing up Brad, but I can’t help but think that the main reason JA is constantly asked “when are you going to have a kid?” is because most people think she and Brad broke up over the issue of kids. Also, one can’t help think of the supermom Angelina who ended up with the guy and the kids. The media will never let us forget it.

  26. Isa says:

    I actually want to watch this on Netflix. Just like Marley and Me where people watched for the dog, people are going to watch this for the Jason Bateman! Love him!
    Although, I’m still up in the air about whether this will do well in the box office. I’ll just have to wait and see.
    Oh and she does look really good in these pictures. Her face is so smooth.

  27. mole says:

    #25

    i must agree

  28. lucy2 says:

    PJ, I think you make a very good point.

    Praise, I have to agree – for example, my mom is close with some of her family, but has a brother no one has seen or spoken to in 10 years. But she’s had her best friend since college, 40+ years, who is more a part of the family than her brother ever could be. And I grew up closer to her than to any of my real aunts. I’ve been BFFs with the same person since I was five, that’s not a friendship that will come and go.

    I’m hoping the movie will be good, but who knows. I like a good comedy, but not so much the rom coms. But I like Jason Bateman enough to at least DVD it.

  29. OC lady says:

    UGH–the premise of The Switch is horrid. It used to be called The Baster. The story is about a woman impregnating herself w/a turkey baster. Then her guy friend switches the sperm with his own, tricking her into having his kid. Then, they meet up again and find out they were right for each other. Basically, “I’m sorry I violated you terribly but let’s live happily ever after!” :-)

    Even if it’s “only a movie,” sperm rape as romantic comedy is really low. I’d think that Aniston could do much better than that? And, I remember her taking shots at Sarah Jessica Parker and Sex and the City, saying how it’s all about getting the man and that doesn’t interest her because it’s not empowering for women. Then, she does these rom-coms which are really insulting. I find her choices as an actress pretty gross and definitely not admirable. I have no respect for her as an actor and I think she’s way overrated.

  30. anon says:

    OC lady: she’s not that overrated :-)

  31. someone says:

    The good part of this for the haters out there is….if you don’t like Jen or her movies, don’t go see them!! I happen to like her a lot…I’ve seen nearly every movie she made..my favorite is Rock Star, with Mark Walberg!

  32. Atticus says:

    @someone – I loved that movie, too! Probably because I came of age in the hair band era, so that genre is near and dear to my heart. :)

  33. Hane says:

    I thought she was fabulous in Rock Star.

  34. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:

    I really do not understand the people who think they have a personal relationship with this woman that would allow them to be entitled to know exactly when she may or may not have or adopt a child.

    It is so beyond none of your business that it’s just plain rude to go on and on about it like she’s personally offending you or keeping a secret from you.

    OC lady: “sperm rape”? Really? Don’t make this something it’s not. And I highly doubt she impregnates herself with an actual turkey baster. By the way, how can she impregnate herself and then have someone switch the sperm?

  35. buckley says:

    I didn’t read any of it…just wanted to say she is looking FINE

  36. Liana says:

    Since more than likely the movie/script is not that great I have to think she wanted the money but still wants to play the victim
    _________________

    Actually, the script was on the Black List in (I think) 2008. For people who don’t know, the Black List is a list considering the “best scripts no one knows about.” So we’ll have to see. And in the script, the Jason Bateman character spilled the original donor’s sperm and thus replaced it with his own so she could still go ahead with her plans. I don’t know if that made it into the final cut, but it was in the original script (and the original script had the Jason Bateman character arrested for the sperm switch, but I think that changed after audience testing.)

  37. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:

    Another thought about the plot-it’s not like he hatched some nefarious plot to switch the sperm to specifically “violate” her. It’s clear from the preview that the way they’ve done it makes it an accident and then very poor decision-making done whilst drunk i.e. he drops the other dude’s sperm down the toilet (or sink?) and then instead of saying something he just puts his own in there. Stupid, yes.

    EDIT: But tricking her into having his kid and “sperm-raping” her? Erm, not really.

  38. OC lady says:

    Ummmmmm, last time I looked switching your sperm for someone else’s without telling that person is considered a felony in most states. And, being drunk doesn’t make it cute. :-) I remember a doctor going to jail for doing this to one of his in-vitro patients. So, I call it sperm rape because that’s exactly what it sounds like to me. I really don’t find this story appealing for a romantic comedy . . . but if that’s your thing, then I’m sure you’ll find the movie delightful. I do like Bateman, but I will pass on this one. I’d much rather watch Julia Roberts horse laugh her way around the world. And, as bad as Sex and the City 2 was, I still think it sounds better than The Sperm Rape movie. :-) But, hey, that’s just me.

  39. Jeri says:

    I used to believe her & think people were cruel but after so long of hearing her repeat that yes, she wants & will have children, I think she is afraid of messing her body up more then she wants children.

  40. lisa says:

    I don’t think it is a cute film It has already been done. Jennifer Lopez and that girl from Saturday Night Live all did this. oops Amy Poehler

    I don’t care about “the switch” in the bathroom.. I was just grossed out as to what he was thinking about to complete the act. especially since he is supposed to be in love with her.. That is what grossed me out.

    But Jennifer knew these questions would be asked. She can’t be that stupid. And being uncomfortable is silly. She is not new to the business. Plus she is the one that put it out there that her life and her movie choices seem to mirror each other. OR did she think people forgot.

    LOOK people who like her will see it. People who like Bateman will see it. Not sure how it will play with the people who are not particular fans of either. She and Butler were not able to generate the HUGE audience the studio expected. but people going to see films can’t always be figured out.

  41. Majosha says:

    Praise: Great responses to MsLewis. The notion that close friends can’t possibly take the place of all, or certain members, of one’s bio-family is foolish (and sad for anyone who honestly believes that nonsense).

  42. BethL says:

    A big reason Jennifer gets baby questions, no matter what kind of movie she’s in, is that for 7 or 8 years she keeps saying she wants kids and will have them soon. She’s better off saying kids are not an option until she’s in a serious relationship or she doesn’t want kids. But considering she’s over 40 and making a movie about artificial insemination, it’s ridiculous to assume she wouldn’t be asked those types of questions. I’m sure if Cameron Diaz was in the film she would be asked the same questions.

    Based on the trailer, is Jason the star and Jennifer just supporting? It seems like the movie is from Jason’s perspective. Maybe it’s actually a good movie but I just can’t see it being a hit. The storyline seems just too goofy and creepy.

  43. Cheyenne says:

    @Janeth: she can have zero kids or a dozen for all I care. But I would have more respect for her if she just came out and admitted she doesn’t want children and it’s nobody else’s business. Sure, her clock is ticking, but it’s her clock and if she wants to let it run down, it’s her decision. Just stop with the eternal bullshit because it got old five years ago.

    A male co-worker observed to me this afternoon that Aniston is like a grain of sand in the jockstrap of life. I was like, OUCH!!

  44. Janeth says:

    Cheyenne: She owes no one an explanation, comment or anything about HER personal life. I highly doubt your “male co-worker” said that, that sounds like something a jealous old hag would say just to try to make a point. Don’t like her SIMPLE DON’T COMMENT. DUH!

  45. Sans says:

    She’s just messed up. She dates guys based on them being good looking entertainers. Shell spread her legs straight quick with that. They use her to get attention. Date someone in tabloids it’s getting attention for doing nothing. Now she is 42 and the men in her tax bracket are going after women half her age. She’s wasted 5 years to meet someone special and her options have depleted over the years cause she’s too focused on acting a fool so the world will pay attention. Posing naked, doing bad movies, and dating with no interest in settling down least of all with her. Shed have more options if she was a bright and intriguing person. Not to mention if she didn’t age herself by frying in the sun. The trailer for her movies & interviews shows her looking in her late 40′s.

    Wish shed go away so we don’t have to bare witness to her pathetic life and fame whoring.

  46. Camille says:

    OC lady & lisa : Couldn’t agree with you girls more.
    It looks and sounds awful, which kind of bums me out as I would have watched it because I love Bateman (JA not so much), and can usually watch him in anything. This I will be avoiding like the plague.

    So I guess JA isn’t reconciled with her mother after all? So much for all the happy family talk that her fans have said on other threads.
    Guess they can’t knock she-who-must-not-be-named about this subject any more then can they ;) lol.

  47. CB Rawks says:

    @St.Angie
    “family is not necessarily the people who are biologically-linked to you. some people are estranged from their biological family and consider their “family” to be their close friends.”

    Indeed! That is my exact situation, and it is a happy one for me. So I’m pickin up what you’re throwin down. :)

    “unless you have a toxic [biological] family that bring you only pain”

    Exactly. They are no support at all, but actually CAUSE your pain, so you find love and support elsewhere with friends that really care about you.
    Some people are extremely lucky to have loving blood relatives, but they should realise that they ARE lucky, and not all families are like that.

  48. Rosanna says:

    I hate to agree with JA because I can’t stand her *however* this time she’s 100% right! Not only family is who’s around you, but blood relatives that aren’t around you aren’t family.

  49. Isa says:

    The more I think about the plot, the weirder it sounds.

  50. Andrea-2 says:

    Maybe when mslewis made her statement, she was trying to say that people who have to rely on friends for family may be a bit melacholy (or in the case of some of these posters, vitriolic) because they have to do this due to a lack of family support.

    Having great friends that you consider family is wonderful, but I’m sure there’s a certain amount of sadness in not being able to get that from your blood relatives as well.

    A lot of people agreed with that “Praise St. Angie” poster by stating how horrible their families are
    (one poster used the word “toxic).

    Jennifer has a history of not speaking to her mother and not hearing from her father for several years after her parents’ divorce, so maybe that is where she’s coming from.

  51. Kiska says:

    On a side note, she looks GORGEOUS in the top picture.

  52. Rebecca says:

    @Cheyenne (any everyone else): If it’s nobody else’s business, why do you care what she says about the matter? Wanting/not wanting kids is personal. She doesn’t have to tell anyone her plans, and if she wants to say she wants kids “someday” (whether she does or not) is her business.

    On a different note, I miss the old Friends Jennifer. Man, I just miss that show in general. This movie just sounds… icky.

  53. toto says:

    friends are part of a familly and society costruction , but friends are not the real family , coming from someone warship her friends and had them since 20 years share everything with them .but dam family is my life weather its pairents brother ,sister or my partner n kids.

    im suer she talks what she feels now , but if she would ever have a kid , im sure she will understands our wishing and comments on this thread

  54. toto says:

    i think a child will rock her world , she is softie n nice n caring , imagin her having her own baby she will glow n grow more beauty..i think shes scared to have one rather than selfish .

  55. Liana says:

    I keep hearing about “blood relatives” being your only family. Am I not to consider my mom my family since she is not my biological mother and she hasn’t been in my life since birth? I came to be be raised by her when I was 4 following the death of my birth mother.

    And what if you have no more traditional family? Are you not to consider those people who support you and love you unconditionally family? It’s a fallacy that “blood family sticks around forever.” They are just as able to walk away as friends are. I choose my friends. I can’t choose my family (not that I have any issue with anyone in my family).

  56. lisa says:

    Is Jason Bateman the STAR of this movie.. because looking at the trailer it seems as if the film is all about him and the little boy. Not much Aniston in the clips at all. It does look like he is the lead and she is the supporting actor.

  57. Bite me says:

    Haha

  58. Cheyenne says:

    @Janeth: No, honey, it was a MALE co-worker who made that statement. A lot of guys seem to have been pissed off by Aniston’s statement that you don’t need a man to have a child. Check some other blogs. As one guy said, technically all you need is a turkey baster, but it sounds damn peculiar for a kid to pull out the turkey baster in the kitchen utility drawer and ask it “Are you my daddy?” And like you, I’m as free to comment on anyone whether I like them or not.

  59. toto says:

    liaina ..we have a proverb says the mother is not the one who gives birth but the one who raise u up . so if the one raising bilogical or not it does not matter ,

  60. Casey says:

    please don’t ban me for thinking this is hilarious
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l6x5s567Jp1qbvcn6o1_400.gif

  61. neco says:

    selam ben bu mesaji uzaklardan yazıyorum. nasıl ulasabilirim Jennifer msn face ??