Jennifer Aniston Is Totally Zen About Brad and Angelina

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Cake': Movie review.

“We’re not in daily communication. Like many movie stars, the actress overcame her learning difficulties and admits she was relieved when she learned of her diagnosis in her early 20s – because she thought she simply “wasn’t smart.” The former “Friends” star tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I went to get a prescription for glasses.

JENNIFER Aniston has opened up in a candid interview about her struggles with anger, dyslexia and people’s constant obsession over her desire to have a child. Unfortunately, her beloved doctor passed away at not-the-best time. “It was at a crazy time, right when we were going through our divorce and everything,” Aniston shared with the publication when referencing her split from Brad Pitt. “But I learned so much in the four years I worked with her, that when she did pass away I remember thinking, ‘Wow, everything that we talked about and discussed, it’s allowed me to be really peaceful about it all.'” According to the publication, Aniston’s therapist focused on the fundamental issue of self-assertion allowing the Golden Globe nominee not to bottle her anger up in unhealthy ways. “Her whole thing with me was really saying, ‘You have to stand up for yourself in life,'” she disclosed. “She was really trying to help me deal with anger and learning how to express it without feeling terrified that I was going to get murdered in response.” To this day, Aniston also makes meditation a priority in her life to help maintain a healthy mindset. Instead of following a particular guru, the 45-year-old practices at home several times a week. “I’m on a really good personal strict regime,” she said. “These days, I’ve been [doing it] every day.

And I had to read a paragraph, and they gave me a quiz, gave me 10 questions based on what I’d just read, and I think I got three right. “Then they put a computer on my eyes, showing where my eyes went when I read. I have a little place at home, and I do it for about 20 minutes, at different times, usually right after a cup of coffee and before the chaos starts.” My eyes would jump four words and go back two words, and I also had a little bit of a lazy eye, like a crossed eye, which they always have to correct in photos. “I thought I wasn’t smart. But her problems are as much emotional as physical: She’s recovering from a tragedy, one that forced her husband (Chris Messina) out of their L.A. house. You don’t have to be a hysterical human being and have veins popping out of your neck and turn bright red and terrify people — or else keep quiet and put your head in the sand.

But Claire is still searching for lifelines, whether through a tense friendship with her maid, Silvana (a terrific Adriana Barrazza), quickie sex with her gardener or tentative friendship with Nina’s widower (Sam Worthington, better than expected), who is struggling to raise his young son amid his own grief. Sure, Nina may be advocating for suicide from beyond the grave, but in a movie like this, we know that’s a device to have the heroine’s grasp on life become even more tenuous. It’s what Nina’s little boy wants for his birthday, it’s what Nina says (to a daydreaming Claire) she wishes she could make perfectly, and it’s how Claire bonds with a teenage girl to whom she offers a ride. Which has been something that I’ve really tried to work on.” She’s also tried to master her need for order. “I’m a control freak,” she admits. “I like to be in charge of everything.

Now 45, she can give grit to any role with a hint of substance — whether playing strippers and sex addicts in comedies like “We’re the Millers” and “Horrible Bosses” or diving deep into some of “Cake’s” better scenes. Her characters in “Office Space,” “The Good Girl” and “Friends With Money” are a long way from Rachel, so any talk of “the new Jennifer Aniston” is a bit disingenuous — like her Oscar campaign was. It’s just that after movies like “The Break-Up,” “Marley & Me,” and “The Switch,” anyone would be hungry for some mild-weight-gain, no-makeup reinvention.

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