Jennifer Aniston talks literal goddess circles, sexism & turning 50 with the NYT

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Jennifer Aniston has a new profile in the New York Times this week. She’s promoting her Apple+ streaming series The Morning Show. The NYT describes her character as an Ann Curry-type, but… I think that’s kind of off-base, at least judging from the first trailer. I would say that it seems like Aniston is playing a Katie Couric-type – perky & personable morning show anchor – whose sunny optimism has become much more stagnant and jaded over time. Think, Katie Couric if she had stayed at the Today Show for all of Matt Lauer’s bulls–t. Anyway, this NYT piece wasn’t all that – if you ask me, her InStyle cover interview was much more interesting and thorough. Some highlights:

Jennifer & her friends really do literal goddess circles: The women landed safely, switched planes and, the next night, gathered for a ritual they’ve been doing for three decades: a goddess circle. Seated on cushions, cross-legged on the living room floor, they passed around a beechwood talking stick decorated with feathers and charms, much as they had done for every major event of their lives. They had circled before Aniston’s weddings to Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux. They circled when babies were born, and when Aniston and Theroux had to put down their dog, Dolly.

On turning 50 this year: “It’s so weird. There’s so much doom around that number… I’m entering into what I feel is one of the most creatively fulfilling periods of my life. Seriously, I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I feel like it’s just about to really bloom.”

What her ‘Morning Show’ character is about: “Children, guilt, power struggle, being a woman in the industry, going through a divorce, publicly going through a divorce, feeling alienated, being just a little bit of a screw-up.”

Whether she has a #MeToo story: Aniston says she does not, though she has certainly experienced her share of sexism in 30 years in the business. “Agents. Studios. Finding out what this actor made versus that actor made.”

On being well-known but never really, truly known: “There’s a similarity to my life. I relate in ways of feeling like, when you don’t want to be seen, and you don’t want to go out of the house, and you want to just scream, and you don’t want to walk on a red carpet. I don’t want to stand behind a podium, I don’t want to have my photograph taken, I want to just cry today. You know?”

Whether she could have played this character years ago: “No. I didn’t have the experience. It’s taken time for me to get where I am and I put a lot of work into my craft. I’ve failed. I’ve succeeded. I’ve overcome. I’ve, you know, I’ve stayed around. I’m still here.”

[From The NY Times]

While I am not tempted (whatsoever) to subscribe to Apple+, I think The Morning Show will be very successful, and I’m sure Jennifer will probably get nominated for awards and probably even win awards. Part of that will be about the work itself, part of it will be the prestige and money Apple puts behind the show, and part of it will be just Hollywood reaffirming to Jennifer that they’ll always see her as a TV actor. There’s nothing wrong with being a TV actor. But she ran away from that for years, and now she’s back in people’s homes again. And she’ll be rewarded for it. As for the literal goddess circles… I always thought it was a figure of speech, like she was just talking about hanging out with her girlfriends. I really didn’t know that they did true goddess circles for prayers and a talking stick and everything. Whoa.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Ugh I just don’t know about Apple+. I did buy the 3 year Disney streaming plan so that’s paid for, so maybe we could get Apple too. But I really want Acorn bc Midsomer Murders is leaving Netflix and I’m only on season 11!!!!!

    I did see a figure on twitter last night laying out the cost of all the streaming services and it came to around 90 dollars (including CBS and such) so even with paying for internet, we would still come out ahead (since now I pay internet and cable and then Netflix, apparently Disney, etc.) So maybe. I don’t know.

    Anyway. all that to say that I am interested in the Morning Show but I don’t know if I’m interested enough in it to get another streaming service. Will be interesting to see how many feel the same way.

    • Lolamd says:

      Wait how did you buy the 3 year Disney streaming plan? Is that being offered now as I want to buy it as well. Off to google….

    • BANANIE says:

      Oh no! When is Midsomer Murders leaving?? I’m only on season 2! And the episodes are wonderful but pretty long, so it’s hard to binge!

      • Becks1 says:

        @Bananie – October 1 :-( whomp whomp. I saw that this week and was so sad!!!

        @lolamd – I’m not sure its available anymore, but its worth checking out. You need to join D23 (the Disney fan club) which is free and then they send you a code to join the streaming service for 140 (so you have to pay upfront, but its 140 for 3 years.) It may have expired though.

    • margie says:

      We have finished MM and are patiently waiting on the next season- Acorn it is, I guess. Besides that leaving Netflix, what really made me sad was when Death in Paradise was no longer offered- we ended up renting the DVDs for season 7 from our library, but I am at a loss for a free to cheap-ish way to watch season 8. I requested our library get the DVDs, but it isn’t on Acorn, so…super bummed. I think I am going to pick up Derry Girls until Letterkenny comes back and I can find a way to watch season 8 of Death in Paradise.

    • Snazzy says:

      Wait Midsommer Murders is ending? What? I am not ok with this

      • JanetDR says:

        Me either- I’ve got years to go!

      • Becks1 says:

        Not “ending” – just moving exclusively to Acorn for streaming (in the US, I don’t know about in the UK.) I guess the benefit is that Acorn also has the new seasons, so if you are up to date with it, that may be better?

        I wonder if other UK shows are going to leave Netflix for Acorn. It will be interesting to see what Netflix has in a year, after Disney, Warner’s streaming service, and Acorn taking the British shows.

      • helonearth says:

        MM is still going strong in the UK – series 20 was shown earlier in the year and series 21 expected next year.

        It is shown first on ITV1 and repeated on ITV2, ITV3 and Drama channels at differing times and differing series. All the channels are free to view in the UK.

  2. SJR says:

    Just the headline Goddess Circle…ugh! Not reading the article, just saying…

    Regular folks say My Friends.
    Rich folks Goddess Circle..what a load of full of herself.

  3. truthhurts says:

    Goddess circle sitting around passing charms and stuff, yall call other folk witches. This is some silly high school girl mess. LOL

  4. Sierra says:

    She really does live like Rachel Green doesn’t she?

  5. jenner says:

    literal goddess circles, as opposed to just goddess circles? literally!

  6. Pandora says:

    She is so annoying

  7. Sarah says:

    This goddess circle thing strongly reminds me of a scene from the 4th season of The Affair with Helen and her neighbor.

  8. Nicegirl says:

    Wow. I always thought the goddess circles talk was like, a metaphor. Huh.

  9. Nicegirl says:

    Ooohhh, just had a thought. I’d be down for a #celebitches goddess circle ⭕️

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Rich white lady goddess circles. Lol.

    • MariaS says:

      She has zero self awareness to tell this to the NYT. I mean we already knew that with her talking about how SAFE the 90s were but she really is as clueless as many of the characters she plays.

    • jenner says:

      Yes, Aniston is white. And?

  11. Ali says:

    While I am not tempted (whatsoever) to subscribe to Apple+,

    This.

  12. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    What’s Apple+? lol

  13. lucy2 says:

    I want to wait until the whole series/season is available, then subscribe just long enough to binge it. I’m looking forward to the show, but don’t want to put out a lot of money for yet another streaming service.
    The goddess circle stuff is a bit much for me personally, but I think having a solid group of people around you, whether it’s family or friends, is a great thing.

  14. ariel says:

    There’s a 1989 movie called Rude Awakening about hippies who went on the run in the 60s and return to society and their friends are now rich yuppies, including Julie Haggarty’s character. And she says: I’ve been looking inside myself for so long, it hurts to think of anyone else.

    That sums of Aniston to me.
    I realize interviewers ask, and people read, but I just can’t with her.

    • Chaine says:

      I think you hit the nail on the head. She’s insufferably self-absorbed.

    • Mireile says:

      I try with her. I try reading her interviews with some hope that she will say something that I can connect with. And then I just read this one, rolled my eyes, and went back to work.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      Ha! That’s a perfect description of Aniston.

    • MariaS says:

      Ariel, my thoughts exactly.

    • Granger says:

      I don’t think she’s entirely self-absorbed. She has a lot of girlfriends who seem to love her dearly, and to whom, from all accounts, she is very devoted — flying them places, hosting regular dinner parties, etc. So I think she’s probably a lovely, supportive friend. But I also think she’s shallow. For more than half her life, she’s worked in an industry that demands self-absorption, to some degree, and she doesn’t seem to have the ability to see anyone or anything that exists outside of that bubble.

  15. Grant says:

    I thought she was great in The Good Girl and excellent in Cake. I said it and I regret nothing.

  16. EbonyS says:

    Is calling her a “tv girl” being patronizing? The best work being done in media now is on TV. I think this is great.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree, and especially for women who aren’t in their 20s anymore, that’s where most of the good work is.
      The TV vs movie actor thing really doesn’t exist anymore, IMO, as most actors are moving back and forth between both. And even if it did, she’s had a pretty successful, non-franchise movie career for a long time too.

  17. Lena says:

    TV girl is NOT patronizing whether it was meant to be or not. I wasn’t interested in apple+ although this miniseries interests me but now that they came out at $4.99/mo —why not?

  18. Christin says:

    The quote regarding not always wanting to stand behind a podium, walk a red carpet…What about people who work every day? At least she has a lifestyle that affords her much hired help to “battle on” (sarcasm).

  19. Ann says:

    I think it’s a cover for her with other non straight women. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I think she bats for the other team. Go Jen.