The road leading to Jennifer Aniston’s home is a scenic route that twists and turns before arriving at a white gate. Beyond the gate is a pebble-covered area with perfectly lined trees. The entrance is grand, with bronze doors and a white exterior. Dressed casually in jeans and a black T-shirt, Aniston greets guests warmly and even inquires about the traffic. She invites them into her beautiful family room and kitchen, which boasts a pizza oven and a wine room enclosed in glass. While preparing peppermint tea, Aniston apologizes in advance for any messages she may receive from her showrunner, as she’s preparing to start shooting her upcoming project with Reese Witherspoon in a month.
While the tea is being brewed, I nonchalantly place my bag on the counter and strike up a conversation with my hostess as if we’ve known each other for years. I bring up my daughter who had unfortunately drained my phone battery just before I left home, leading us to delve into the subject of children and their mobile devices. We touch upon the appropriate age for kids to have phones and whether or not it’s worth denying them the experience and feeling excluded. My companion acknowledges the inner struggle parents face when raising their children in a world dominated by technology as she hands me my cup and we settle onto the couch.
Jennifer Aniston is well aware of the vast amount of attention that surrounds her as an actress. Despite her extensive career in film and television, it is her role as America’s beloved yet suffering sweetheart that has kept tabloids in business for over 25 years. Aniston believes that society places unrealistic expectations on women regarding marriage and children, portraying these as the only markers of happiness. However, she sees these as fairy-tale ideals that women should break free from. Aniston embodies an archetype for American culture, representing all the double standards that successful women face. Unfortunately, most negative portrayals of unmarried or childless women come from other women themselves, perpetuating sexism. Aniston’s influence often goes underestimated due to her lovable image, but her soft, persuasive power gets people on her side. She can use subtle hand gestures to bring out her character’s traits, as noted by the director of Dumplin’. At 48 years old, Aniston shows no signs of stopping, ranking second on Forbes’s highest-paid actresses list in 2017. She also earns millions from product endorsements and is slated to feature in several upcoming projects.