I don’t like Jennifer Aniston’s on-again boyfriend, John Mayer, and generally find him to be a douche, but despite that, and the fact that it seems like half our loyal readers rip into me every time I mention it, the woman has really grown on me. She’s personable, funny and I enjoy hearing her talk some mild smack after she skirted around it all these years. (Yes, there will be people who say she talked about it immediately and who will cite endless interviews and examples ad nauseum. That’s what makes these threads so entertaining, you really do your homework.)
Aniston and Owen Wilson, her co-star in the much anticipated holiday release film Marley and Me have a new interview with US Weekly. Aniston briefly addresses the public’s fascination with her personal life, telling us it’s none of our “f’ing business” and that she thinks it’s ridiculous we focus on that when there are so many positive things happening in the world. There’s also what sounds like an uncomfortable moment when Wilson walks out when asked about tough times in his life. Wilson had a suicide attempt last year.
Q: How challenging is it promoting this big fun family movie when the public seems to be so curious about your own lives?
Aniston: I think it’s ridiculous. There’s just this insatiable need. I also haven’t had a movie in a long time, so hopefully this is going to create something else to talk about and realize that I have a job, and I’m an actress.
Wilson: This is the nice part. You get to talk about the work.
Aniston: I am honestly getting sick of it, and I feel like telling people, “You know what? It’s none of your (expletive) business.” Seriously, it’s enough. It’s like we’re appealing to the lowest …
Wilson:… the worst in human nature.
Aniston: And this is at a time when we should be so inspired and excited with what’s happening with the president. It’s a time to be positive and join together. We’re just trying to entertain you, man. Don’t shoot the messenger.
Q: Well, how does doing a film like this help?
Aniston: It’s such a positive story. … I think sometimes people lose track and they forget, “God, this (stuff) is hard.” And then you see a movie that reminds you … life isn’t what you always imagine it to be. Life is what it is.
Wilson: That was nice. That was a great line.
Q: And what about your dogs? Do they help you get through the difficult times?
(Wilson, who was hospitalized in 2007 after what police called a suicide attempt, walks out.)
Aniston: You’re talking about the stupid stuff? Yes.
(When Wilson returns, the question is repeated.)
Aniston: They do help.
Wilson: Yeah. That sounded nice.
We’ve heard the same thing from countless celebrities about how their lives aren’t important, but instead of saying how great things are now and how everyone should be positive they used to say “there’s a war on.” There’s always going to be a desire for personal details of celebrities’ lives.
People are going to say Aniston can’t have it both ways and discuss her personal life when she wants to mildly call out her ex’s partner, but then blame people for wanting to know about it. She needs to tell bland non-controversial stories that don’t give the press anything to go on if she doesn’t want them to focus on her life. She did that for a while and it didn’t get her much attention. Now that she has a movie, though, she’s digging up some of that dirt and working it to her advantage. It seems a tad hypocritical for her to complain about it now. I still like her though, and I have to say it sounds like she knows exactly what’s she’s doing with the press. We’re still talking about her, and she didn’t have to say much about it this time.
Jennifer Aniston is shown out in Santa Monica on 12/5/08. Credit: Fame