Jennifer Aniston opened up about her latest role and how it comforted her. In the latest interview, the 51-year-old actress reveals that her appearance in The Morning Show was one “cathartic” experience. Aniston’s character in the Apple TV+ series, Alex Levy portrays what she finds relatable in real life.
“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,” Aniston said.
“[It was] 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. To actually look at it from an actor’s brain observing it and acknowledging it, I had to look at it as opposed to pretending it doesn’t exist,” Friends fame continued.
While Aniston was nominated for her portrayal, she disclosed her real-life breakdowns.
“There have been moments — not to that level of hysteria — but moments of ‘I don’t want to f**king 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,” she admits. “I just loved being able to walk into it and lean into it and not be ashamed of it.”
Kerry Ehrin said that she was moved to tears after watching Aniston’s performance. “Just watching behind the monitor and brought to tears at the level of the bravery of being that truthful,” Ehrin says. “I know her well enough to know when she’s being concerned about what other people think, and she just let everything go. She exorcised a lot of conflict through this character.”
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