Jennifer Aniston has expanded on her Huffington Post essay in July that denounced tabloid culture and the attitudes she believes it generates toward women.
“My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed…,” the actress, 47, says in online excerpts from the new issue of Marie Claire magazine, being published Nov. 15. “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.”
Aniston — who is long divorced from film star Brad Pitt and dated actor Vince Vaughn for over a year before announcing their split in December 2006 — has been wed to actor-screenwriter Justin Theroux since August of last year. “Why is he the right person for me? All I know is that I feel completely seen, and adored, in no matter what state,” she told the magazine. “There’s no part of me that I don’t feel comfortable showing, exposing. And it brings forth the best part of myself, because I care about him so much. And he’s such a good person. It hurts me to think of anything hurting him.”
In her essay this summer, the actress, who stars in next month’s “Office Christmas Party,” wrote that the tabloid mindset feeds the “objectification and scrutiny we put women through….” She said young girls absorb the message that they “are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine….” Some in the media, while calling many of her points valid, wrote that the slender and attractive Aniston, a frequent magazine cover model, was being hypocritical in those specific denunciations.
The “Friends” Emmy Award-winner also spoke with Marie Claire about her career, telling the magazine, “This is a time when I’m not completely sure what I’m doing. I’m at this sort of crossroads trying to figure out what inspires me deep in my core. What used to make me tick is not necessarily making me tick anymore . . . The most challenging thing right now is trying to find what it is that makes my heart sing.”