Jennifer Aniston ‘has been… focusing on writing film scripts while in quarantine’

Variety's Power Of Women Los Angeles 2019

I wondered why Us Weekly was running a nothingburger “exclusive” about Jennifer Aniston, but then I remembered that she’s in the midst of an Emmy campaign. She wants another Emmy this year, this time for The Morning Show. She already won the SAG Award this year (it feels like a lifetime ago). So what does Aniston’s lockdown Emmy campaign look like? Well, we probably could have predicted it! Recently, Aniston took part in the Hollywood Reporter’s actress-roundtable and she waxed rhapsodic about how the deadly, life-altering pandemic has been “divine” and a “blessing” and “extremely unifying and oddly beautiful.” Tone-deaf, thy name is Aniston. As it turns out, Aniston has had a “good lockdown” because she’s been writing and focusing on work:

Tapping into a new side. Jennifer Aniston has been productive amid the coronavirus pandemic, spending time working on her own projects, a source exclusively reveals in the latest issue of Us Weekly.

“Jen has been writing a ton and focusing on writing film scripts while in quarantine,” the insider shares. “She’s a homebody, so this time has been nice for her and she’s been very creative.”

The actress, 51, has “dabbled in personal writing in the past but now the timing’s right for her to do it her own way,” a second source noted.

She’s also focused on season 2 of Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, which has yet to resume filming since being on hold due to the pandemic. Aniston both stars and produces the Golden Globe-nominated show alongside Reese Witherspoon.

“Jen’s signed over as much as six months per year of her time to The Morning Show for as long as it runs,” the first insider notes. “Everything’s moved a lot faster and more smoothly than the first season.” Season 2 will also include a reflection of what’s going on in today’s world with the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 outbreak, showrunner Kerry Ehrin recently shared.

[From Us Weekly]

See? A nothingburger story which basically just reminds people that Aniston is in The Morning Show and she wants an Emmy and look, she’s creative too, Angelina!! As for the screenplays she’s working on… it reminds me of when Aniston got it into her head that she was a singer and that she should be up for roles in musicals and she went on The Ellen Show and she “sang” and she just kept going on and on. She eventually dropped it. That’s what will happen here – she’ll do lots of interviews about how she’s writing screenplays now and if only they could get produced, hint hint. And people will just ignore her.

Jennifer Aniston at Variety's 2019 Power of Women: Los Angeles presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel

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  1. Lively says:

    Aww this is funny

  2. Darla says:

    I love that striped dress. A lot. I want it.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I like Jen. I really don’t understand why she is so vilified here. If her scripts aren’t good, then nothing will come of them (most likely.)

    • Darla says:

      everyone who knows her, including Brad btw, say she’s hilarious. I wonder if she is writing something comedic? If she goes black comedy or satire, and incorporates veiled celebs, directors, studio heads, tv producers, etc, I can actually see that being something. We’ll see.

      • Noki says:

        She is great on the morning show and when she does dark comedy like office party and horrible bosses.

      • lucy2 says:

        I’ve been listening to a bunch of celebrity podcasts, and anytime she’s mentioned, whoever it is speaks highly of her and says she is funny. She does have good comedic timing, but I was impressed with her in the Morning Show. Ads for that have been circulating again, I was wondering why, but Emmy consideration makes sense. I’d like to see her, Gugu, Billy, and Karen Pittman get nominated.

        I’ve also heard a LOT of these celebrities (and regular people) mention how the quarantine does have some positives and has given them time to do stuff they won’t, but they always pre-empt or follow that with acknowledgment of the suffering, the job losses, the healthcare workers, etc. If Jen had done that with her other comments, it’d have been so much better.

      • Hmm says:

        Everyone knows brads word is always true and honest. Oh but his son Pax says otherwise. LoL

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        When I read those comments, in the context of the conversation where she was talking about the protests as well, I took it to mean that she thought it was beautiful that people were finally coming together on this matter because it was finally not being lost in a frenetic 24 hour news cycle. Being stuck at home was making people pay attention and fight against it. In that sense, I don’t actually think she is wrong.

    • Marietta58 says:

      @Becks1, I guarantee if she has any issues with plot, story structure, etc. she’ll hire the best coach available to assist her. Michael Hauge is a screenwriting coach that I’ve used and has told me he works with A-list talent on their scripts all the time. There’s a few good ones available, including Michael, who have coached writers/actors on their scripts that ended up being Oscar Winning Screenplays. And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with it. Coaches don’t actually write it, the person does. They just guide you to where you need to be if you’re stuck. Hell, even studios use ghostwriters on the daily. Good for her for trying something different and getting out of her comfort zone of acting.

    • Maverick says:

      I like Jen too. Yes, she’s vanilla or hippy-dippy or whatever, but I like checking out her style and she’s a power network who seems to get along with everyone and not by being a fake sociopathic type.

    • Caroline says:

      I don’t get it either

  4. Diana says:

    She is so privileged. Way to rub it in everyone’s face that this global crisis and time of civil unrest can be so beautiful when you have tons of money and resources at your disposal. Shut your trap, lady!

    Otherwise- her figure is body goals as always.

  5. petite hirondelle says:

    I love that dress and she’s beautiful, even more than when she was younger

    • Granger says:

      I always think she looks good in photos, but I saw an interview with her recently (granted, from a couple of years ago) and was kinda shocked at how different she looks now in video. She’d clearly had Botox or something else done around her mouth (to minimize lines, I guess), and probably lip fillers, and her mouth looked frozen, almost pained. It completely changed her face.

  6. Argus says:

    I know she’s appreciated for her comic timing usually but her dramatic acting chops are underrated. She was so terrific on the Morning show in a cast that is already chock a block with amazing performers. For me, she stole every scene she was in. Looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next

  7. Jillian says:

    I wish she would do something different with her hair. It looks great darker and lighter. I loved her blonde long bob.

    Things are getting worse but in my state. It won’t too long before they shut down everything

    • Haapa says:

      Why anyone with naturally thick hair would work so hard to make it look thin and limp is beyond me.

  8. Hmm says:

    Her good friend brad should buy her scripts and have Dede Gardner produce them. That’s what a good friend would do.

  9. Jade says:

    Lol, she is never funny in her interviews, its like she tries too hard always. i dont think she can write at all, she hardly has anything to say in her interviews except praise herself like she throws the best party on town. I remember she did an interview before saying she is writing or doing a cookbook, and that was like in 2015, where is the cookbook? She and her PR machine always like to make herself look good like she has other talents other than acting like Rachel Green all the time. Cmon, the reason why she won the SAG award for the morning show is because of CAA talents, her HW friends voting for her. thats why her tree trimming party was sponsored by them, even Brad Pitt came.

  10. Tiffany says:

    You know….I can see it.

    We have always wanted her to expand outside her comfort zone and if she is doing that with script writing, good. Good for her.

    • Hmmm says:

      We have? I’ve always wanted her and the overrated friends show to go away. If she can take the abusive brad with her that would be great.

  11. Ann says:

    Quarantining with fresh highlights in her hair from the latest photographs on other sites. Hopefully, she can string a sentence together better on paper than when she speaks. Sorry, I just don’t find her interesting.

  12. Gm says:

    I don’t fault others for trying/ hustling/ persistence. It’s worked pretty well for her so far though no Oscar nomination ( when she campaigned) she’s managed to keep working.

  13. tcbc says:

    I weirdly think she might be good at this. She has the introvert nature of many writers. I guess we’ll see.

    • Truthiness says:

      Lord knows we need scripted stories for all women over the age of 40. We need hundreds and hundreds of scripts. I am not a big Reese Witherspoon fan but she has started producing the stories she wanted to put out there,

  14. Michelle says:

    I’ve seen this woman try to put together an intelligent answer without the help of her hawk of a publicist, didn’t go well! Sorry but i think she’s as deep as a puddle. Stick with Adam sandler comedies, that seems to be her most watched since friends.

  15. Marigold says:

    I think she can be hit or miss. But mostly, I really enjoy her work. And I have always gotten a nice vibe from her. “We Are The Millers” is one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it!

  16. Emma says:

    I gotta say, I give her where credit’s due…she’s been posting a lot on her social media about masks and blm. Most celebs in her social circle kinda stopped posting about blm but she’s been doing it consistently. I know that some may argue that’s the bare minimum and that’s a valid point…but for someone who never spoke about politics, it’s a good start

  17. Ami says:

    Of all the people to ridicule during this movement you pick Jennifer? Ask some questions and many shades of people will tell you Jennifer got them through some door or gave them a hand in Hollywood. And that’s funny because no one has ever given her a hand and she is too proud to beg. She works hard. She supported queer community long before it was cool to do so with hashtags. She has given away almost billions over the years without advertising it. You all are just lazy and write any rubbish that comes to mind.