During the Critic’s Choice Awards on Thursday night, much was made of the fact that the event marked the first time Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie had attended the same function in six years. Entertainment media took note of that fact while speculating what would happen if the two feuding stars came face-to-face. As it happens, no dramatic run-in occurred and no great pains were taken by the Cake star, who insists that she is just fine with her ex-husband Brad Pitt’s wife, and wishes the public would also move on.
Despite the fact that she and Pitt divorced ten years ago, she is still subject to constant questions by interviewers about the long-ago break-up. In fact, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Aniston praised Jolie’s newest directorial effort, Unbroken, calling it “beautiful” and praising the “gorgeous” job done by Jolie. Aniston added that she wished that the public would stop focusing on “petty BS” and pay attention to the “great work” being produced instead.
Pitt was married to Aniston when he met Jolie while the two were filming the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Soon after, Pitt separated from his wife and went public with his relationship with Jolie. Since then, the three actors have been eternally linked in what Aniston referred to as a “love triangle” while speaking to The New York Times.
The gossip surrounding Aniston’s personal life seems especially trivial when viewed in the light that the actress in enjoying the greatest accolades of her acting career. Her turn in the indie movie Cake earned her a Golden Globe and People’s Choice nomination for Best Actress and is drawing rave reviews. Producer Mark Canton calls her performance “fiercely fantastic.” The role marks the first time that Aniston, who is most famous for her work in comedies, has stripped herself down to bare bones to portray a woman suffering from chronic pain and grief while battling her own demons.
This is not to say that the movie star had never tried her hand at drama before. She was praised for her roles in The Good Girl in 2002 and for the movies Derailed and The Break-Up, but Aniston herself says that none of those characters were as layered and complex as the one she plays in Cake. The movie premieres on Jan. 23, and although many of her fans were angry and disappointed when she was not nominated for an Oscar for the role, Aniston maintains that being “No. 1 snubbed” feels almost as good as if she had received a nomination, adding, “Now I don’t have any pressure.”
In addition to her success in movies, the former co-star of Friends has moved on in her personal life, too. Since August 2012, she has been engaged to Justin Theroux, an actor, director and screenwriter, with whom she worked in the movie Wanderlust. Ironically, Theroux ended his own long-term relationship of 14 years shortly before he and Aniston went public with their relationship in 2011. They have been engaged since Aug. 10, 2012, but are said to have made no real plans for a wedding yet.
By Jennifer Pfalz
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