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In Her Own Words: Jennifer Aniston Speaks Her Mind

Feb 11 2016 - 4:30pm

There's a good reason Jennifer Aniston [1] is America's sweetheart — she always has something smart, sharp, and insightful to say when being interviewed. From her thoughts about love and feminism to her attitude toward "goofdom," Jennifer is a treasure trove of great quotes. We've rounded up a few of her most memorable observations from over the years. Keep reading for more from Jen!

On Her Personal Life

Jennifer Aniston talked to Good Morning America [2] in 2013 about how frustrated she gets when reporters try to slyly ask her about getting pregnant:

"Something about family and trying to relate it to the movie with, 'Oh, if I was to have a child how many kids do I want?' And 'Do I want a boy or a girl?' I didn't realize you could place orders; I honestly didn't realize it was like a drive-through, that you could talk to a little electronic voice."

On Getting Older

Jennifer Aniston [3] talked aging with Glamour in September 2011 [4]:

"Being this side of 40 feels like what I should have felt being this side of 25: in my body, in my heart, happy with my life, and OK with whatever bumps in the road present themselves."

On the Myth of a Happy Ending

Jennifer Aniston [5] explained her view on happiness to Vogue in December 2008: [6]

"Whoever said everything has to be forever, that's setting your hopes too high. It's too much pressure. And I think if you put that pressure on yourself — because I did! 'Fairy tale! It has to be the right one!' — that's unattainable."

On Being Lucky in Love

Jen admitted that she felt lucky in love in Vogue's December 2008 issue: [7]

"But there is more to me than just a tabloid girl. This whole 'poor lonely Jen' thing, this idea that I'm so unlucky in love? I actually feel I've been unbelievably lucky in love. Just because at this stage my life doesn't have the traditional framework to it — the husband and the two kids and the house in Connecticut — it's mine. It's my experience. And if you don't like the way it looks, then stop looking at it! Because I feel good. I don't feel like I'm supposed to be any further along or somewhere that I'm not. I'm right where I'm supposed to be."

On Being Silly

Jen admitted she has a not-so-serious side to Allure in February 2011 [8]:

"I'm actually comfortable in goofdom. Not taking myself seriously is one of my favorite things to do, because I don't — ever."

On People Wanting Her Barefoot and Pregnant

Jennifer Aniston [9] told People magazine in February 2011 [10] that she has her own version of happiness:

"I'm really happy. Really! I think people honestly just want to see me as a mom and married and barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. And I just want to say, 'Everybody, relax! It's going to happen.'"

On the Benefits of Marriage

Jennifer Aniston [11] told Vanity Fair in September 2005 [12] that she saw upsides to marriage:

"What's fantastic about marriage is getting through those ebbs and flows with the same person and looking across the room and saying, 'I'm still here. And I still love you.' You remeet, reconnect. You have marriages within marriages within marriages. That's what I love about marriage. That's what I want in marriage."

On Our Cynical Culture

Jen offered cultural commentary to Glamour in its September 2013 issue [13]:

"I related to that f*ck*ng feeling of people just wanting to rip down the powerful, beautiful woman who [speaks her mind]. We're living in a time where, whether it's the Internet or tabloids, being sh*tty has become a sport. We're just grown-up bullies. We literally could not need to have our hearts more open than in these times."

On Breaking Up

In September 2005, Jennifer gave Vanity Fair [14] her thoughts on relationships:

"Relationships are two people; everyone is accountable. A lot goes into a relationship coming together, and a lot goes into a relationship falling apart. [My therapist would] say, 'Even if it's 98 percent the other person's fault, it's 2 percent yours, and that's what we're going to focus on.' You can only clean up your side of the street."

On Being at Peace

Jen said she was content in Elle's November 2011 issue [15]:

"There's no desperation. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. I'm at peace with whatever the plan is."

On Women Wanting to Control Love

In December 2008, Jennifer Aniston told Vogue [16] she's not into romantic clichés:

"I don't know. I don't . . . like . . . girls . . . whining . . . and complaining . . . about . . . wanting a man! I never liked Sex and the City, the kind of thing where women only feel empowered once they find The Man. It is just not up my alley. I don't believe in it. There is nothing you can control about love."

On Team Aniston

Jen divulged her thoughts on her "rivalry" with Angelina Jolie [17] to Entertainment Weekly in a December 2008 issue: [18]

''I can see how [Team Aniston t-shirts] would be flattering. But that divide-and-conquer thing is stupid. It's just catty. I'm not catty.''

On Wanting It All

Jennifer Aniston [19] discussed family life in Vanity Fair's May 2005 issue [20]:

"The women that inspire me are the ones who have careers and children; why would I want to limit myself? I've always wanted to have children, and I would never give up that experience for a career. I want to have it all."

On Her Ideal Relationship

In September 2011, Jennifer Aniston told Glamour [21] about her ideal man:

"I would say I couldn't be in a relationship without equality, generosity, integrity, spirit, kindness, and humor. And awesomeness."

On Openness

In May 2012, Jennifer Aniston told Marie Claire Australia [22] how she's changed:

"I've really made a conscious effort to not wall myself up like that again. I built those walls pretty high in the past. I think you miss out on a lot of stuff when you're so protected and isolated."

On Making a Relationship Work

Jen shared her thoughts on love with Elle magazine in August 2009 [23]:

"Most of us fall in love with someone's persona and spend the next three to five years discovering who that person really is. If you can stay connected through that process of raw vulnerability, I think you have a shot at the prize of knowing and accepting another human being for who and what they really are after years of highs and lows."

On the Pressure Put on Women to Get Pregnant

Jennifer Aniston told Today in August 2014 [24] how she really feels about the constant pregnancy speculation:

"I don't have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done and if they're not checked, then I've failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman. Because I haven't birthed a child. I've birthed a lot of things and I feel like I've mothered many things. And I don't feel that's it's fair to put that pressure on people."

On First Impressions

Jen didn't let her initial impression of hubby Justin Theroux inhibit their eventual relationship. "I thought he was very sweet and he was always very nice," she spilled in an interview with POPSUGAR [25] in 2012. "But I remember thinking he was very dark. At first you think he could be like a serial killer, but he is actually the nicest person in the world."

On Being a Newlywed

At the LA premiere of her movie She's Funny That Way in 2015, Jen proudly showed off her wedding [26] band and said that being married to Justin Theroux [27] "feels quite natural."

On Feminism

The Mother's Day [28] actress has a very succinct, and perfect, way of defining what feminism means to her, which she told People magazine in 2014 [29]: "It’s simply believing in equality between men and women. Pretty basic." Well said, Jen!

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