Jennifer Aniston on Justin Theroux: “He’s a protector, for sure”

I’m pretty sure (positive, actually) that Marie Claire Australia is using a photo shoot that we’ve seen before. Do you mind if I don’t care enough to look it up? I know I’ve seen this Jennifer Aniston cover shot before, and recently. Maybe InStyle or Allure or something. Oh, it’s from an old Elle Magazine photo shoot. But! From what I can see, the interview is new. Jennifer talks about her boyfriend Justin Theroux and how she’s always on guard and stuff. Here are some excerpts:

On her boyfriend Justin Theroux: “He’s a protector, for sure. He’s just a good human being, and so funny.”

On being secluded while filming Wanderlust: “All of a sudden I began decompressing. It’s weird, but it felt like living a normal life; almost like having your anonymity back. Nobody bothered us and we were protected as a group. There were no paparazzi and no secret, tricky little cell phone pictures being taken. I realized how paranoid and guarded and not trusting – walled-in – I had become. Not consciously so, but just this armor that I kind of have, protective armor. It’s not for my friends or family, but for being outside in the world, always on guard.”

On not wanting to be so guarded: “I’ve really made a conscious effort to not wall myself up like that again. I built those walls pretty high in the past. I think you miss out on a lot of stuff when you’re so protected and isolated.”

On shooting a topless scene for the film: “There are always nerves when you shoot a scene like that. But the adrenaline takes you through it and then you have the girls come in and cover you up immediately. I got very comfortable with seeing nude people, pretty much immediately. It was bizarre to know that these were actually nudists – because there’s a nudist colony in Clarkesville – and how comfortable they are being nude.”

On keeping in good health: “I think being happy and smiling and laughing a lot helps. I work out, I drink a lot of water. And yoga is still very important. I love it. If I don’t do it then my spirit sort of goes.”

[Via Just Jared and Celebrity Gossip]

I rolled my eyes at the “walling herself up” comments, but not the Justin Theroux stuff. Sure, her privacy does get invaded all the time, and that really, really sucks for her. But she also arranges some of those “candid” photo shoots that she’s complaining about – remember all of those shots of her and John Mayer? Remember all of the conveniently-timed outings over the years? As for the Justin-as-protector stuff… I think Jennifer is just like that as a person, and she’s especially like that with men – always looking for a protector, always ensconced in her victimhood and her own fragility. It’s not some epic thing – a lot of women are like that, in my opinion.

By the way, the editor of Vogue UK gave a very interesting interview recently, and she mentioned why we’ve never seen Aniston on the cover of Vogue UK, and why we never will. Interestingly enough, the last time Aniston was on Vogue US was the “Angelina is uncool” incident, where Aniston said those words in an interview, then she threw Vogue under the bus for printing her on-the-record interview. Basically, she’s not going to be on American Vogue again any time soon either. Which is why an outlet like Marie Claire Australia managed to get this exclusive interview.

Photos courtesy of Marie Claire AUS and Terry’s Diary.

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  1. Bite me says:

    Knight in shaming armor

    • Emma says:

      Totally agree. Look at how he protected his ex girlfriend….hopefully it won’t happen to Jennifer.

      Also, why does jennifer’s magazine covers always look overly photoshopped? Anyway remember the Madison Cover incident where batch photos, unphotoshopped, surfaced and then Jennifer’s PR agency was in a frenzy threatening jezebel and other websites, telling them to take down the pics or be sued.

  2. Kara Ann says:

    Sounds like a honest interview to me. I once read someone call the removal from ordinary life that stars can suffer from as living in “Graceland”. I can see where that would happen to these super famous people and I imagine how sad a life that would be.
    As for the “protector” thing, why shouldn’t we expect the people in our life to protect us? I don’t mean physically. I mean that in a romantic relationship, or even just a friendship, doesn’t it make sense that you would want to protect your partner? More like your relationship/friendship provides a refuge from the storms of life? I don’t think it’s a “i’m a weak wittle woman, pwotect me” thing. To me, it’s a “i’ve got your back” thing. My husband and sisters provide my refuge and I am eternally grateful to have that in my life.

  3. Boo says:

    She looks great. I’d kill for her hair color(s).

    • Toot says:

      Make an appointment with her stylist and maybe you can get it, since it’s not her natural color.

      • HadlyB says:

        Who cares, it looks great.

        I don’t care if my hair color looks natural, I just want it to look good! LOL

      • Toot says:


        I guess you missed the comment I was responding to, but Boo said she would kill for Jennifer’s hair color. I was just telling her how she could get it since it’s not Jennifer’s natural color.

        There I explained for you, you understand now? 😉

      • Karen says:

        Snarky much,Toot?

    • kiyoshigril says:

      A few years ago her stylist did an interview with some fashion mag and spilled the goods on the formula he uses to get her color. Don’t remember what mag it was in but I’m sure you could Google it. Basically she gets a couple of low lights and another couple of highlight colors added to a darker base. I think the stylist uses balayage and not foils.

    • Boo says:

      My stylist tried to get the color for years, but my hair pulls too much red, and to strip my color would have been too damaging, costly, and time consuming to keep up. I finally resigned myself to envying her color forever.

  4. heylee says:

    Ok, this cover is just driving me crazy! Why on earth would a major publication use a star’s picture for the cover then obscure it like that with all of her hair in her face? This looks cut-rate at best. I can understand a tendril strategically placed but the hair in Jennifer’s face looks ridic.

  5. lucy2 says:

    I can’t imagine living in that sort of fishbowl that she does. True, she does court some of the attention, but the media focus on her is insane.
    I can totally see how getting away from that for a bit would be a relief for anyone under that much scrutiny.

    • hoya_chick says:

      All she has to do is buy a house in some part of the country like that and when she isn’t working live there half the time. I sometimes think despite what these celebrities say they do enjoy the comforts and rewards of fame and the media spotlight although at times intense is something they feed off of more than they would like to admit. As in, she is famous for being famous and the movies no matter how bad they are are an after thought. She is not a huge movie star, her career as a tv actress from yesteryear is long over. Then main reason she is on the cover of magazines is her body/hair and her psuedo love triangle/her love life. If she wanted a more quiet life she could get it. Instead she is renovating a huge 21 million dollar home in the heart of it all and then wondering why there are paps outside her door. If you live in pap central then it stands to reason that you will get papped. Lol.

    • kiyoshigril says:

      Demi Moore and Bruce Willis moved their family to Idaho (might have been another isolated Western state)and Demi successfully removed herself and her girls from the limelight for years. Of course they eventually returned to Hollywood so I guess the pull of fame is stronger than the need for privacy. Relative anonymity can be found, but few of these people actually seek it.

  6. Sherri says:

    I agree with Kara – in a relationship, in all good relationships whether w/family or dear friends or partners the idea of ‘feeling’ protective/protected is a wonderful ingredient . . .nothing to do with weakness . . .but a feeling of comfort to give and receive . . .

  7. KImberley says:

    I’m from Australia and magazines do this all the time! They take photoshoots from a couple of months ago and put it on the cover like it’s brand new, even though we’ve all seen it months ago. It sucks!

  8. Linda says:

    If he is a protector, shouldn’t he protect her any way he can. He let her got wet when he held the umbrella to himself instead of over her.

  9. kira says:

    Icch. Talking about the guy she boinked on-set of Wandersluts who had a long-time, live-in girlfriend, and was completely blind-sided by their cheating. His girlfriend didn’t move out until a good 6 months after the film wrapped. Long after these two were out on dates together. “Good person” and “Protector”? Right. Just keep telling yourself that, honey. Call me cynical, but he’s probably protecting his newfound social status–courtesy of you.

    • John Wayne Lives says:

      ^^ this!

    • Liz says:

      I’m not going to pretend to know all the details about this. But I do know that the girlfriend did move out 6 months later, but she was the only one living at the place. Justin had moved out months before and the relationship had been on again off again for years.

  10. Bite me says:

    Has Jenny been on cover of Vanity Fair since 2005, don’t want to google

  11. Julie says:

    she is very open about her relationships and therefore doesnt need to complain. how much do you know about meryl streeps love life? oh yeah that woman has talent and thats why she doesnt need to sell it out.

  12. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I think the issue is more the interpretation of the word “Protector”. I think every woman looks for a support system (so do men) in their significant mate-that’s natural. A protector can definitely be just that-a supporter, cheerleader, soft place to fall etc. But I think what Kaiser is talking about is a woman who really can’t be alone and face the world without a man to lift her up and have her back. I’m not saying that is Aniston-frankly, maybe it is but I don’t care either way.
    Personally, I’m very independent. I always look for an equal partner but I don’t *need* a man to protect or provide for me. Alone, I have all the tools to support and provide for myself, emotionally, financially etc.

  13. Dee Cee says:

    He tells them no.. takes the blame.. I love him for that..

  14. Noel says:

    I do not get the hype about her hair. It is colored a boring shade and it is dry.

    • lisa says:

      I don’t understand the obsession over her hair either. There are other blonds that have way more luster and such. Her hair usually looks stringy and damaged. I’m not white so I don’t see all the Highlight envy that some do. But I could name many more celebs whose hair I envy.

      but good for her and Justin. Hope it works. hope it last. Hope it is enough for her fans and they focus on her and him.

    • aprayerforthewildatheart says:

      Because people are naturally trying to justify the media scrutiny/fascination with a woman who isn’t all that interesting…IMHO…

  15. Ari says:

    I wondering if they put enough bronzer on her.

  16. axio says:

    wow you can never guess Justin is the protector type especially when he never holds the umbrella for her and walking ahead of her..where’s the protective side?

  17. PJ46 says:

    I do want to see the new movie when she will play a prostitute, but I do hope she get new material for her interviews.

  18. Zelda says:

    I like the men in my life to be of the”protector” type, too. Psychologically, we all have diffeent needs. Doesn’t mean I can’t take care of myself, but it’s a quality I like in a significant other.

  19. bella says:

    Protect her from herself? Oh …ok
    He is in it for a nice payday.

  20. sup says:

    such a hypocrite. other than the heidi bivens uncoolness, the way that she threw Vogue magazine under the bus when she had both cover and interview confirmation rights. kudos to the magazine on their decision of not featuring her on covers anymore, as well as this declaration.

    • Jamie says:

      Totally agree, she is extremely sly and manipulative and I don’t get why people can’t see through her. She had time to think about that ‘uncool’ comment, she even phoned them back the day after the interview, with that comment. Like you said, she proofed the interview before it went to print, so she knew what it said. When she copped flack for it, she then tried to deny she said it. The minute Oprah called her out on her lie (when she tried to blame Vogue), Oprah was saying “I know the Editor and I have a lot of trust and respect for them”, Aniston backtracked, admitting she did say it. She was caught in her own web of lies. She meditated on the question for 2 days, rang Vogue up with the quote, had proofing rights before it went to press (so she okayed it), then when she is criticized for it, she tries to throw the Vogue Editor under the bus and blame the Editor. I just don’t get why people can’t SEE what a cunning, scheming and manipulative person she is. Its as plain as day to me, but for some reason so many are so brainwashed by her, the ‘image’ of “Jennifer Aniston”, that they never pick up on it. I Just don’t get why people can’t see through her, why so many are so oblivious.

      • sup says:

        wow, i didn’t know that about oprah cornering her and i love her for doing that. people don’t see through her because they still want to believe that she is rachael. it’s typically insecure bitter people who root for her. she validates mediocrity.

      • Christy says:

        You have a problem with Jen calling Angelina out for bragging about her relationship with Brad Pitt during the filming of Mr and Mrs Smith? Maybe Jen denied making the “uncool” comment but she was totally within her rights to make it and should have just said so from the beginning. Jolie waxing nostalgic about how she couldn’t wait to get to work to see someone else’s husband is beyond uncool. And your outright bias is showing…

      • sup says:

        @christy angelina didn’t say that. she said “most kids don’t get to watch a movie where their parents fall in love, and then try to kill each other” she was referring to the script. and either way it had been years already, if jen couldn’t get over it then she shouldn’t have talked to a mag about that and then confirm it. and if she did she shouldn’t deny and throw the mag in question under the bus, making them seem like a low quality tabloid. sorry but this counter attack does not make your idol seem any less hypocritical.

  21. heidiho says:

    Good grief who cares……..totally as boring and self absorbed as Brad and Angie says she is.Happy Friday Everyone!

  22. Agnes says:


  23. Jamie says:

    A protector – sure. Did Justin protect Heidi from pain, when he cheated on her with Ms Sleazaniston? What makes this homewrecking b*tch think he will protect her, when he couldn’t even do that to a woman who he loved, shared a life with and shared a home with, for 14 years! He want even share his umbrella with Aniston for goodness sake! Its clear she is over-compensating but trying to pretend her relationship with someone else’s man is ok, when we can all see its not. Shes miserable.

  24. the original almond says:

    From the pictures I’ve seen he doesn’t look like much of a protector. He actually seemed kind of out of tune with her. The hilarious umbrella picture.

    As a side note, Mr. Almond is protective even though I never felt it necessary. He always makes sure I never walk on the part of the sidewalk closest to the street. He must either think that some crazed driver is going to clip me with their car or that I’m so clumsy I can’t manage to walk without tripping in front of a speeding vehicle. I find it funny and endearing, though.

    • Jamie says:

      Lol my father is the same way. Apparently it harks back to decades ago men would walk on the outside closest to the street so as the women wouldn’t get their frocks splashed with mud/water from a passing car. Don’t know how true it is, but dad is into history and researching traditions and he says thats where it comes from, I’ve heard it from other places also.

  25. Bobby the K says:

    Jennie’s needy, for sure.

  26. LAK says:

    Shulman said: “Somebody like Jennifer Aniston will only do an interview with copy approval and picture approval. I’ve never had anybody on the cover, ever, who’s had copy approval and picture approval. I just don’t think it’s a proper thing if you do.”

    For her Jenhens who think questions are just randomly asked and poor Jen has to answer them….

    • sup says:

      exactly! she could just declare that she won’t be answering to questions regarding her ex but she doesn’t, she doesn’t simply say “no comment”, she approves of the content as well as the cover and her photos beforehand! which also made me realize, that she approved of that stupid mag cover where she posed like a dog wearing only a collar… lmao, who would even pose like that, let alone approve it… back then she had her original chin too. it’s still too long but she couldn’t make it too short, she gets a ton of surgeries subtly and in a long time span only because she lied about being happy with her natural looks and she can’t get out of that now. btw speaking of covers her physical resemblance to ben stiller is once again very evident in this one (with the orange tee) don’t you think?

  27. Lurker says:

    Meh, the interview sounds like regurgitated stuff too, like this mag pieced their story together from other interviews.

    When will them mean ole papparazzi leave poor Jennifer alone? Don’t they know she’s all about privacy? When she comes struttin out of that Sunset Tower place with her nipplettes poking out, it’s supposed to be a private moment. Don’t they know that.

  28. Lady_Luck says:

    Personally, I wish more men acted as “protectors” instead of weak, woosy pansies who are so confused by the avalanche of 3 decades of feminism imposed on them that they no longer open doors for women or take their coats less the fear of being slapped 🙁 Trends can go too far, and in this case, chivalry and strength of men were sacrificed to make way for a man who is infinitely cowardly and confused.