Jennifer Aniston landed on the front of the big September issue of Harper's Bazaar, and she channels Barbra Streisand in the accompanying spread by photographer Mark Seliger and the subscriber's cover. Jen has been busy lately filming Horrible Bosses with her excited costar Lindsay Sloane, but our Bikini Bracket winner broke from work to pay homage to her idol Barbra. Jen opened up to the magazine about first meeting Barbra and her husband, James Brolin, as well as about their shared ambitions. Jen said:
- On borrowing Barbra's talent: "Someone said to me, 'If I had Barbra's voice for just one day,' and I said, 'Nah, I don't want to be greedy. If I had her voice for just one shower — just a shower's worth — I would be happy.'"
- On first meeting Barbra at a New Year's party recently: "I've loved her since I was a kid, and all of a sudden there she is, and she's just like someone you've always known. You know when you meet people you idolize and then you walk away from the conversation thinking, 'Well, that was a disappointment; they were kinder and more fabulous in my mind'? Well, she was wonderful, and you could talk to her about anything. . . So, I happened to be talking to her and Jim [Streisand's husband, James Brolin] when it struck midnight. They said, 'Excuse us,' kissed each other, and then, very politely, kissed me."
- On sharing ambitions with Barbra: "I had a long conversation with Barbra about directing because I directed a short a couple years ago, and if I don't do it again soon, I'm going to burst out of my skin. And we also love interior design. Also, we are people who have been put in the spotlight, for better or for worse, and you just keep riding, and you keep overcoming, and you just stay true to what you love to do."
Photos courtesy Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaar