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Aniston says she won't let tabloids steal her joy

Q and A-Jennifer Aniston

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Despite spending nearly half her life under the glare of cameras, Jennifer Aniston admits she's still not used to the baggage that comes with it, from paparazzi to the tabloid headlines.

"All that stuff, it's toxic," says the actress. "It never gets un-jarring, but you do have to not let it imprison you, which is possible, too."

To that end, she has her way of insulating herself - sticking tight to a close group of friends and not believing the hype that envelops her.

"There's times when you see people climbing and getting success and you start to see, oh, they're starting to really change. So I always just make the effort to be as humble and grateful as possible," she said.

She certainly seemed that way when she spoke to The Associated Press last week. Despite the swanky setting - a hotel presidential suite - the actress sat on the floor eating a celery stick dipped in ranch dressing as she talked about her latest project, an online digital short she narrated for Aveeno, the natural skin-care brand she represents.

Looking chic but laid back in a ponytail, dark-rimmed glasses and a slim black blazer, Aniston chatted about challenging herself in her career, a possible sequel to last year's "We're the Millers," her fiance, Justin Theroux, and turning 45.


AP: You're a beauty pitchwoman. What's the weirdest beauty regimen you've tried?

Aniston: I don't go out too crazy. You mean like did I ever put leeches on my face? ... The closest I'll ever go is a derma-roller. Google it - it's great. It's like a little wheel that has little pins, like acupuncture needles in a way, and you roll it and it stimulates your collagen and it also allows for your products to seep into your skin.

AP: You're doing a sequel to "Horrible Bosses." Any other characters from your past you'd like to revisit?

Aniston: I think Rose and the Millers would be fun, to kind of see where that's going to go, and I know we're probably going to do another one of those.

AP: You recently celebrated your 45th birthday. Do you pause to reflect on such milestones?

Aniston: I guess it is a milestone. I really try not to focus on it too much, to be honest. Society focuses on it way more than we need to. I think it's always important to reflect anyway, no matter what age you're approaching or what milestone is in front of you. Reflection should be almost a daily thing if possible. Because I was never a `where do you see yourself in five years' person. I had no idea, and I didn't have a checklist, which really creates a lot less stress in your life.

AP: Though you may not have a checklist, are there other things you want to achieve in Hollywood?

Aniston: I just want to keep trying to surprise myself and I want to keep challenging myself and have the courage to really do that, in spite of possible failure.

AP: Is that harder or easier when you're in the spotlight?

Aniston: You just have to work really hard to tune out the noise and the static. Because it gets louder, and people really have an opinion, and you don't want to shy away from taking chances for fear of what people will say, or living in the wreckage of the future (of) what may be if I do this.

AP: You're producing and starring in the upcoming drama "Cake." How interested are you in more work behind the camera?

Aniston: It's almost more interesting. I think there's something so wonderful about being part of the process from the seed of the idea to seeing it come to life on a screen. And to have a hand in that creatively, not just showing up as an actor for hire.

AP: Will you write and direct?

Aniston: I can't write. I would love to. I don't really have an interest in it, to be honest. I'll leave that to my fiance.

AP: At this point, do you just laugh off all the speculation about your wedding and your future?

Aniston: It's on a level that I don't even understand. It's weird. I think because we are so normal. We're very non-fabulous in any way. They try to create all sorts of narratives to go with a very normal, wonderful life that's just two people loving each other and living life and working and doing the best they can.

AP: Does it detract from that joy at all?

Aniston: Oh, God no. If it did, I would be dead.


Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at WWW.TWITTER.COM/APSANDY .


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Taxi Talk March 25 2014 at 11:58 AM

You have to Sign In first to leave a comment woman in the WORLD want to pay a 'doctor' to make her look like Jay Leno ?!?!.

Jenny - get rid of it !! It's too much !! THEN you can call me in NYC.... you will have earned it !!

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Centerville Girl March 25 2014 at 1:19 PM

Loved Friends....back when. Nothing lasts forever...time moves on...for everyone.(sigh)...

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rivers360 March 26 2014 at 12:42 AM

Smart lady. She should advise Oboma.

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Howdy, Susie March 25 2014 at 10:32 PM

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tcmontsch March 26 2014 at 12:42 AM

You are fabulous. Keep it up!

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cynthiagood0310 March 25 2014 at 11:53 PM

I think she's great on so many levels!

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Your Majesty March 25 2014 at 10:17 PM

People are extremely mean and can be very ignorant. Find some constructive healthy hobbies mean people.

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ajwfromo March 25 2014 at 1:26 PM


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angcumm1126 ajwfromo March 25 2014 at 3:31 PM

You must..here you are

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jle615 March 25 2014 at 10:52 AM

During "Friends" I had no interest in JAn. But now, what a beautiful woman. She has it all.

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Bruce H. G. Davi March 25 2014 at 6:53 PM

Jennifer is simply one of the most beautiful, talented actors in the biz....did you see her in "derailed", she was fantastic ! But regardless of what she does in her "real" life, she has given the public everything they wanted from her !

Oh ya, did I mention she is over the top....completely beautiful !!!

Kind of like, "walking Art work"

I love her,

cheers' jen

Doctor David

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jasnajanko801 Bruce H. G. Davi March 25 2014 at 7:15 PM

Bruce, you said it all. Thank you. :)

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