Jennifer Aniston is in a bubble with four families whose kids have grown up together…?

Jennifer Aniston is all smiles as she leaves Good Morning America

Jennifer Aniston has an interview with the LA Times this week, really just to keep her name out there during her Emmy campaign for The Morning Show. She confirms something I didn’t know about TMS – they stopped production on the show in March, only having filmed two episodes of the new season, and now the rest of the season is being re-written to incorporate the pandemic. They had to do something similar with the first season, which is… basically go back to the drawing board and incorporate more sexual harassment and sexual abuse stories within the show as Matt Lauer got outed as a predator. Anyway, you can read the full LAT piece here. Some highlights:

On The Morning Show: “That show was 20 years of therapy wrapped into 10 episodes. There were times when I would read a scene and feel like a whole manhole cover was taken off my back.”

The show forced her to go on a cleanse about how fame has affected her for decades: “Cathartic, yes, and also interesting for me to look at how I always have tried to normalize being fine and ‘everything’s great, you know, this is all normal,’ and then there are moments when you have your private breakdown or your ‘Calgon, take me away’ moment. To actually look at it from an actor brain observing it and acknowledging it, I had to look at it as opposed to pretending it doesn’t exist.”

She’s had moments where she doesn’t want to attend events: “There have been moments — not to that level of hysteria — but moments of ‘I don’t want to f—ing go here,’ ‘I don’t want to walk out onto the carpet,’ ‘I don’t want to be seen,’ ‘I don’t want to be looked at and everyone’s going to be talking about me and judging me’ … that’s real. I just loved being able to walk into it and lean into it and not be ashamed of it, but actually just … it was like … Ooooooooooh.”

Her pandemic life: She has a “bubble” of four families that rotate among their homes and never go outside the pod. The kids have grown up together and know one another, so they have a good time, and “it’s all lovely,” Aniston says. She’s reading, watching a ton of TV, veering between things like “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and the James Baldwin-centered examination of American racism, “I Am Not Your Negro.” And “Lenox Hill,” the Netflix medical docuseries, because Aniston was addicted to “Trauma: Life in the E.R.” back in the day and loves watching the stories of doctors and healthcare workers, particularly at this moment in time.

On ageing & living longer: “I look at my dad, who just turned 87, and he is Greek — stubborn, fabulous, all those things from that generation — but, you know, I think they could be a little healthier. He’s going to be so mad at me… You know, my mom, c’mon, none of you guys took care of yourselves. But they didn’t know any better. And now we know. So what’s our excuse? It’s about just knowing what you put inside your body, exercising — my father, never, ever — they didn’t know you could keep your bones strong, never mind being fit and fitting into a size-whatever. I’m going to be in my 80s or 90s or maybe now even my 100s at this rate, and I don’t want to be wheeling around. I would like to be vibrant and thriving.”

[From The LA Times]

Jennifer obviously has a close (goddess) circle of friends who have been in her life through thick and thin for decades, and I’m sure many of those goddess-circle friends are moms and that Aniston is probably godmother (or a godmother-figure) to some of her friends’ kids. But I consistently find it odd that Aniston makes all of these references to having kids around her – she did that in her Interview piece earlier this year too, saying she saw her future as “I hear the ocean, I see the ocean, I hear laughter, I see kids running…” And the way this is worded: “She has a ‘bubble’ of four families that rotate among their homes and never go outside the pod. The kids have grown up together and know one another…” It’s like she has secret kids, right? That would actually be sort of amazing if she managed to pull that off. One day she would just announce “my secret kid just graduated high school” on her Instagram.

As for the stuff about ageing… all she did was convince me that her father’s Greek genes are really sturdy and that so much of ageing and longevity is about genetics, not about diet or fitness or “mindfulness” or whatever is the New Age terminology now.

Jennifer Aniston attending the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | usage worldwide

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  1. Dani says:

    I love that show and finished watching it in two days. Jennifer looked amazing there. She has got good genes. As per the children she keeps mentioning, I bet she wanted people to start talking about her having kids. Any news to keep people talking about her.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “I bet she wanted people to start talking about her having kids.”

      START talking? gurlllll, people (including her) have been discussing her reproductive yes or no since she and Pitt broke up.

      ;)

  2. Hmm says:

    in the first pick she has lips. I just watched a video and they no longer exist. I’m not being mean just wondering what’s going on and she talks like she’s missing her front teeth. Anyway, talking about health isn’t she a heavy smoker and tanning addict?

    Anyway again, i wonder what’s going on with Justin Theroux.

    • Sierra says:

      Upper lip disappears for a lot of heavy smokers..

      • josephine says:

        and she’s probably just in between injections. she has decent work done although there was that phase where it seemed like she was going too heavy on the fillers.

    • Teel says:

      I used to have an upper lip, too, and then menopause happened. It’s called aging, people.

      • DiegoInSF says:

        Wait that first pic with the white dress? That’s either earlier this year or late last year, I think she gets Super subtle lip injections.

  3. Hmm says:

    Well, Australia magazines has it covered. Apparently she and brad have a secret daughter… it’s his niece.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I’m Australian, Hmm, and god, our magazines are just vile, what with all the utter lies and garbage they write. You think they’d have learned something after the Rebel Wilson thing. Our truly wonderful journalists are losing their jobs because newspapers are shutting down all over the place, and yet people are still buying this rubbish. The magazines aren’t even fit for compost.

    • Reusablealltheway says:

      His niece/nieces still love her, don’t they? Sydney/Sidney does a lot of social media and often favourites Jen Aniston stories. She also posted she was her Woman Crush Wednesday a couple of years back and wishes her happy birthday from time to time.

  4. lucy2 says:

    I don’t think this sounds weird or odd at all? It sounds like there is a tight knit circle of friends, some with kids, and they all spend a lot of time together. One can love and enjoy being with kids without being a mother themselves, and given that she’s talking about how she’s spending time in the pandemic, it seems natural to mention those she is with, including the kids.

    I usually like her style, but I do not like that white dress.

    • Becks1 says:

      I don’t think it sounds weird either. If there are kids in her life, when someone asks about her life, its natural she might mention them generally like she’s doing here.

    • Sarah says:

      This sounds like me with some of my friends. I don’t have/want kids (now 41) but I have a good friend who lives a 15 minute walk away with 4 and 6 year old boys and Aunty Sarah is a regular fixture. We have similarly formed something of a bubble during the pandemic which started with me sitting outside the house to chat to her while we were in full lockdown, then in her garden once that was allowed and now I’m back in the house again (this is the UK). Spending time with her/them through lockdown has absolutely saved my sanity, much as I love my boyfriend! Oh and I absolutely tell other people stories about what the boys get up to.

    • paige says:

      I did not have children, but many of my girlfriends did and now having remained close over the years- all of their kids are in my life and have always been. I am excited when they hit milestones and I am there when stuff goes wrong -I love my friends and love their kids

    • meloroast says:

      Yup i’m with you. Not weird at all. I don’t have kids (circumstances) but LOVE the kids in my life and play a big role in theirs. I am part of 3 family bubbles at the moment and am very thankful for these amazing friends and their wonderful family and kids. I learn from all of them all the time and provide love back. I think it’s a wonderful thing for non-related adults to be a part of kids lives. As far as I see it, they have a human out there who will fight for them, support them, and be someone they can turn to when they feel they may not want to go to their parents.
      It takes a village people.

    • Ae says:

      Whootwhoot for my child free friends! Somehow I ended up being the only mother in my super tight group of friends. They are have been such wonderful friends to my kids, in addition to our own friendships. I don’t have siblings anymore so I’m so thankful my kids have a I group of other adults that they can go to.

  5. Miss E says:

    She looks like Brad in the first pic.

  6. Meime says:

    I don’t think it’s that strange. Neither of my two very best friends in the world want kids (one is single by choice and the other is married,) but they are both very involved in their nieces’ and nephews’ lives, and my daughter’s life. They are more involved with my daughter than her blood aunts and uncles. Some women do not want children of their own, but still love the children in their lives and even relish in being an aunt. Meanwhile, I have a child and kinda only want to be around my own. I’m not really a kid person.

    • Chickaletta says:

      Meime that’s what I was going to comment too. Maybe she is very content just being “Aunt Jen”.

  7. Rhys says:

    I second that about genetics being absolutely a huge part of longevity. A lot of our grandparents who have smoked and drunk like Mad Men their entire life, and never exercised (what decade it become a thing?) are still here, looking great and kicking.

  8. milly says:

    My parents had a falling out with my godparents when I was little, I’ve always been jealous of people who have godmothers like her. When I was in my early 20s I had an older neighbor who was a lot like JA (minus the money). She wasn’t able to have kids, but was godmother and “aunt” to a bunch of kids. She loved them, spent a lot of time with them, and talked about them as if they were family. She was only in my life for 7 years but treated me like her one of her own. I wish she was in my life longer.

    • lucy2 says:

      I had a godmother like her – she too was child-free, and she was a part of our family, came to every event I had as a kid, etc. She was very close to another friend’s children as well. She passed away unexpectedly a few years ago, and her loss still hurts so deeply.

  9. MarcelMarcel says:

    Just popping up to say I LOVE James Baldwin. I absolutely adored the film adaptation of If Beale Could Talk. I’m currently reading Women Who Run With Wolves and it’s amazing! I loved loved loved The Master’s Tools Never Will Dismantle The Master’s House by Audre Lorde. And also love Black Unicorn. And whoa, Earthseed by Octavia Butler felt prophetic when I read it during lockdown. I need to add James Baldwin to my collection.
    Anyhow I’ve been missing book stores and finding unexpected treasures there. So reading recommendations from celebrities is probably the next best thing.

  10. AnnaKist says:

    Meh, I think she’s just trying to sound deep.

  11. Michelle says:

    She really does live in her own bubble. I think she needs more things to do outside of Hollywood. Every single interview it’s all about ‘me,me,me!’ Used to like her in friends but not anymore.

  12. Gigi La Moore says:

    Deep as a puddle.

  13. Meggish says:

    sun exposure is a big part of aging. ppl talk about genes or lifestyle or diet but you don’t often hear the #1

    Sunscreen everyday! Reef-safe/mineral! One application a day isn’t enough – you need to reapply for it to make a difference! If you wear makeup, it is a great opportunity bc you can get SPF in that. If it’s under SPF 30 btw, it is useless. Men really need to wear sunscreen, often it’s dismissed completely w/guys.

    And start this as a everyday thing as early as possible. Start ASAP if you haven’t already & in your 20s

    • hunter says:

      Most people don’t actually spend all day with exposure to the sun. If I wake up in the morning and take the subway to work and come home at the end of a day in the office I don’t think SPF is necessary.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Yes!!! I wear mineral sunscreen everyday I go out even if it rains, sometimes indoors if by a window. I’m a guy and I struggle with making my bf wear sunscreen, he thinks he doesn’t need it, so frustrating! And people still say things like I want to keep my tan which is sooooo maddening with all we know about how harmful tans are!

  14. Lively says:

    Soooo her and Theroux…. that “marriage” is just forgotten now or did I miss the divorce ?

    Jen is looking good these days thanks to all that is available to her not genes

    • Noki says:

      Omg i actually now forgot about Justin , there was never any talk of a divorce was there ? And he still hasnt managed to be a big star,he has completely disappeared.

    • Carmen says:

      You didn’t miss anything, including a “marriage” that never existed.

      • Michelle says:

        She bought her own ‘engagement ring’ and faked a wedding & marriage all to compete with Brangelina. As soon as they split, so did she and her ‘husband’, she’s pathetic!!!

    • Ann says:

      She lied the marriage to Justin. She just says things that her fans like to hear. Jen jumped faster than a rat of a sinking ship distancing as far as possible from her so called friend Ellen that she claims to love so much every time she goes on her show. She won’t talk about that. It might tarnish her “brand”.

  15. Christin says:

    Doing the “right” things does not 100 percent guarantee longevity, mobility or anything else.

    Is this preparation for shilling something? Her skincare commercials certainly omit the sun damage evident in non-shopped photos. A 50-ish woman who enjoys sun and smoking can only do so much for skin appearance.
    Lifestyle catches up eventually.

  16. Sorella says:

    I don’t find anything unusual about what she is saying and actually agree. I could not have children of my own – but my sister has 4 kids and a BF has 2 and despite not having any of my own like JA, I’ve watched these 6 kids grow up, I am the special godmother/Aunt/family friend
    like her. And do consider them the kids in my life – wondering if maybe like JA, I too must makes it sound like they are MY kids when I talk about them! But to those of us who get it, , it’s not that way – it’s more you have some kids in your life you are SUPER close to – it’s not weird for childeless people.

    I agree about her Dad too. My Mom is Italian and has AMAZING Mediterranean genes – they all live until their 80s and mid-90s and my Mom is 89 – but I think it’s mostly because of their Mediterranean diet (no boxed food, all fresh, no additives) and they live in regions where they walked alot – but they are not connciously being healthy – it’s genetics and the Eureopean lifestyle . But other generations like ours now KNOW that a a healthy diet, exercising etc. is key , especially in North America where we live a much different lifestyle. They didn’t THINK about it.

  17. Annabel says:

    I’m envious of her quarantine bubble! I’m in a bubble with one other family, and it’s wonderful but also I wish I could hang out indoors with more friends.

  18. crogirl says:

    She was photographed recently with Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor. Also Courtney Cox. I suppose they’re all in a bubble together

  19. Truth hurts says:

    @crowgirl u know she is lying. I don’t understand why people buy the facade!?

  20. meloroast says:

    Can we maybe stop shaming different lifestyles and single/childfree women being part of their friends family-lives as odd or strange? It’s so bizarre to me. We come from a long history of “it takes a village” up until maybe the last century or so.
    There are plenty of women (including myself) who play important roles in friends family units…we aren’t mothers, but we are part of an important support system not only to the kids, but to the parents who are our friends…our family.
    Family is not only genetic. In fact, the father of one of my closest friends (i am now godmother to their kids) once told me that water can often be thicker than blood, because it is chosen. He didn’t know me at all and welcomed me so warmly.
    So let’s think about how we judge others choices and families so as not to alienate those that have chosen (or been forced to chose) a different path.