Jennifer Aniston Stands Up to Years of Tabloid Abuse

December 3, 2016

It’s hard to stand in a market line and stop yourself from reading startling headlines like “FBI Captures Bat Child!” and “Dolphin Grows Human Arms!” And then in the midst of it all are the hysterical titles about the tabloid-favorite Jennifer Aniston. For two decades, publications have been grabbing our collective attention with headlines like: “Angelina Jolie Beats Jennifer Aniston Down the Aisle,” “I Can’t Stop Loving Brad,” “How Angelina Tortures Jen,” “Jennifer Aniston Strapped For Cash,” “Jen Gets Revenge,” “Jen Jilted by Her Fiance,” “Jen Confronts Fiance’s Secret Girlfriend,” “My Life Without Justin,” “Yes, I’m Pregnant–with Twins!” “Pregnant and Alone,” “Jen’s Baby Dream Shattered”–and on and on it goes.

Well, a “fed up” Aniston insists this steady stream of false reports is “getting old.” So, she penned an essay in The Huffington Post writing, “I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue.” In turn, she calls out the multitude of authors who claim to write “under the guise of ‘journalism,’ the ‘First Amendment,’ and ‘celebrity news.'”

“For the record” she states that rumors of her being pregnant are untrue, and she’s had enough of all the speculation about her relationships as well as all the “sports-like scrutiny and body shaming” she’s endured. Also, the Friends star hopes to raise readers’ awareness of the negative ways such stories can shape our ideas about ourselves. She insists:

“We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.”

More recently, the Office Christmas Party actress shared in a Marie Claire interview the reason why she authored the op-ed. She answered, “My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed.”  With all the quality relationships she’s enjoyed over the years, the popular roles she’s performed, the awards she’s won, all the most-beautiful lists she’s graced, and being a top-earning actress for 15 years, she continuously sees a pathetic portrait of herself being painted in the press. She said, “It’s like, ‘Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?’ I just thought: I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.”

So when asked to come up with her own celebrity headline, Aniston replied,“How’s this? ‘When I’m pregnant and married, I will let you know,” and adding, “And by the way, stop stealing my thunder! Let me have the fun of telling that story.”



The Stars’ Secrets to Staying in Shape

May 24, 2013

Jennifer Aniston in We’re the Millers

Jennifer Aniston plays a super-fit stripper in the new movie We’re the Millers, and, although she doesn’t take everything off in her risque role, she does show a lot of skin. Being that Aniston is currently 44 years old, her super-toned physique is remarkable if not mind-boggling. So what is her secret to staying in such exceptional shape? She credits her friend and yoga instructor, Mandy Inger, as well as doubling her usual yoga hours. “You get up into my age and you’ve gotta do a little bit more,”  Anniston admits.

So what is it about Mandy Inger’s approach to yoga that makes it so effective? It begins with the belief that “You already have a perfect body!” Encouraging people to challenge any self-critical and self-judging thoughts about their bodies is where Inger wants her clients to begin. “…Love your body just the way it is. Remember, even if nothing changes, you are perfect just the way you are, and fitness and wellness is a celebration of your greatest gift. Celebrate your body!” Ingber says. This seems to be particularly prudent advice for aspiring actors who face such intense scrutiny on a daily basis.


Kate Hudson with son Ryder


Kate Hudson manages to maintain her svelte figure even though she’s now a mom with precious little time to pour into an exercise program. She emphasizes first off, “You’ve got to work at it… You gotta find ways to do it.” Hudson gets creative with her approach by kickboxing, sprinting, and squatting–all with her young son, Ryder, on her back! She also enjoys doing Pilates, pointing out she doesn’t like to get too structured when it comes to an exercise routine. Click here to listen to Kate talk more about ways she maintains a healthy lifestyle.






Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson, Jimmy Fallon, Robert Downey Jr., Halle Berry, Megan Fox, and Katherine Heigl are among the long list of celebrity names that have worked out with Harley Pasternak. Pasternak is known to simplify health and exercise routines, and emphasizes the idea of remaining active throughout the day verses sitting at a job for hours on end with a 1-2 hour burst of exercise at some point in the day. To accomplish the goal of steady activity, Pasternak promotes the use of a pedometer along with resistance exercises. In addition, he’s big on the habit of smoothies and soups for healthy and quick meals.






Gwyneth Paltrow, always open about her health choices, has shared with the world many of her beauty secrets including her exercise program with celebrity trainer, Tracy Anderson. She was recently honored by People magazine, being given the title of “Most Beautiful Woman” of 2013–not an easy feat especially for a 40-year-old mom of two, with a prolific, star-studded acting career, owner of an e-commerce company, and a singer to boot! A predictable schedule helps Paltrow tend to all of her responsibilities–which includes a two-hour daily work-out routine when the kids are at school.


The entertainment industry has in insatiable appetite for gorgeous and healthy physiques. What do you do to maintain your edge in this competitive field?


How Do You Feel When You Watch Your Own Work?

June 9, 2012

So you landed a commercial or a choice TV role, and you’ve alerted your friends and family to look out for you on the TV screen. You pop yourself a big bowl of popcorn, crack open a beer or even a bottle of champagne; you huddle up with your closest friend, and then…it’s on!

There you are in full HD color. You’re prepared to behold your acting skills and the latest notch in your rising career. But, you’re suddenly overwhelmed by an out of body experience! It’s just plain weird seeing your own self in the flesh onscreen. Jennifer Aniston has said, “It’s always weird to see yourself on screen or in a magazine. It’s almost as if the image I see is another person and not the real me I know.”

By watching yourself you may notice things about your appearance for the first time. Maybe it’s how gorgeous you are! But it can also be, “So my left side really is better than my right,” “My hair is starting to thin a little at the crown,” or “Do I have a lazy eye?!” Perhaps the lighting is very harsh or–God willing–very flattering. The list is endless because no one is perfect–at least not at all times. 

Moreover, actors are notorious for contemplating and over-contemplating their performances. There may be times when you’re perfectly pleased with your acting skills. You knew you were in the pocket on set, and the camera really captured the magic. But there may be other times when you find yourself wincing and scrutinizing every last detail of your work. You look at it over and over and you just know you’re capable of doing better. Maybe you find yourself wishing you’d used a different inflection; maybe you have an ah-ha moment, “No wonder the director kept telling you to tone it down or to put a dash of humor in the performance.” And some things are beyond your control. You may have done ten takes, but the editors choose the worst one because it’s the only take without the boom in it.

Paul Giamatti, the wine swilling schlubo of the inebriated comedy Sideways, hates watching himself onscreen. “But I’m not gonna get any better if I don’t,” he explained. “And no one else is going to pick me apart–well, they will–but I want to learn so I have to pick myself apart. I think I do it in a more useful way than I used to. It used to be dismissive. I couldn’t even watch.”

When you see yourself onscreen, you become cognizant of just how much you’ve really put yourself out there. Your work is exposed for any and all to lay comment upon or to criticize openly and freely from that point on. “I saw you on that TV show—You were terrible!” “I saw you on that hair loss commercial. Are you really balding?” Or, “ED must be a particularly agonizing affliction.” How about, “Do you use maxi pads exclusively?” Funny, yes; ridiculous, no doubt. But you’ve got to be ready for this level of attention and focus. It might behoove you to anticipate the reaction to any given role or persona, and prepare your witty, insightful response.

Jeff Bridges is the first actor in movie history to play opposite a younger version of himself –known as Clu 2.0 in Tron: Legacy. When asked if it was weird to see a younger version of himself onscreen, Bridges answered, “It’s not that odd. I’m used to watching old movies of myself. When I’m actually filming the movie, I’m just being myself; the younger side of me isn’t around.” Well there’s a healthy perspective for you.

Overall, when you watch yourself onscreen, you can learn from the experience. But keep in mind, it’s not up to you to critique your performance or even to make sense of it. It’s your job to do it with all the gusto you can muster, and then let the world figure it out. In fact, many actors wrap their projects and choose not to see their performances. They lay it before the bar of public opinion and then…move on to the next one. They simply grow to trust their work.

It’s important to remember why you became an actor in the first place: to express yourself deeply, to be imaginative, to have fun, and to challenge yourself constantly. So, when you see yourself in full 1080P HD, cringe all you will, but also, most certainly be proud. Because your livin’ the dream!