Jennifer Aniston on Walking the Red Carpet for Decades: ‘I Don’t Want To Be Looked At’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jennifer Aniston arrives for Apple

Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston is gearing up for the second season of the Apple TV+ collection The Morning Show. Serving as each government producer and lead function Alex Levy, Aniston lately revealed that portraying the advanced character has confirmed to be fairly cathartic.

Jennifer Aniston arrives for Apple's 'The Morning Show' global premiere at Lincoln Cente
Jennifer Aniston of ‘The Morning Show’ | ANGELA WEISS/AFP by way of Getty Images

‘Friends’ alum says season 2 of ‘The Morning Show’ displays present points

Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who additionally co-execs and co-stars, needed to do large rewrites on The Morning Show earlier than its premiere in November 2019. In the center of manufacturing when the #MeToo motion swept the nation, Aniston shared they’re having a déjà vu second with the coronavirus disaster.

“We had a good six or maybe seven outlines already done, and we were in the middle of shooting [episodes] one and two. And then there was just this feeling, and I couldn’t put my finger on it,” Aniston advised Deadline in August 2020. “It was like something’s missing and I don’t know what it is. And then the COVID crisis happened.”

Having to as soon as once more modify scripts to mirror present points, Aniston prefers to see the positives which are popping out of the pandemic.

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“We are incorporating COVID in a way that is so exciting. I mean, I’m not calling COVID exciting by any stretch of the imagination,” The Morning Show star mentioned. “I believe that that’s what we couldn’t put our finger on that we were missing in these first couple shows, was that humanity, it was that level of what’s happening currently in our society. If there’s a silver lining of COVID, it is the level of awareness that I think has been taking place with people.”

Art imitates life for Jennifer Aniston

Aniston’s portrayal of a star journalist in disaster proved to be a therapeutic expertise for the actor. With Alex’s excessive highs and lows, together with pressures of being within the highlight, the Marley & Me star was in a position to work via a few of her personal challenges as an A-lister.

“That show was 20 years of therapy wrapped into 10 episodes,” Aniston advised the Los Angeles Times of the Apple TV+ collection. “There were times when I would read a scene and feel like a whole manhole cover was taken off my back.”

Through her journey enjoying Alex, Aniston was in a position to look at her personal life within the highlight.

“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,’” the previous sitcom star shared. “Then there are moments when you have your private breakdown or your ‘Calgon, take me away’ moments. 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.”

Recalling some purple carpet moments

In the second episode of The Morning Show’s first season, Alex has a meltdown within the limo that’s taking her to an awards ceremony being held in her honor. The nervousness of getting to stick a smile on her face regardless of wanting to cover from the world is a sense to which Aniston can absolutely relate.

“There have been moments — not to that level of hysteria — but moments of ‘I don’t want to f*cking go here,’” Aniston admitted. “‘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.”

Now prepping for the Apple TV+ present’s second season, Aniston relishes the considered leaping again in to Alex’s sneakers.

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“I can’t wait to get back to work,” Aniston advised Deadline. “Just talking about it, it gets me. And Season 2, it’s getting so good.”

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