It’s hard to believe actress Jennifer Aniston could possibly look forward to the media tours required to push people to see her movies. August 2013 means she’s on the road promoting We’re the Millers, a comedy about people pretending to be a typical American family. Actually, they’re trying to smuggle a load of marijuana into the country.
For Ms. Aniston, 44, some version of Are you pregnant?, or, Are you sad about not having children?” has chased her since the end of her marriage to Brad Pitt in 2006. More time has passed post-marriage than when they were together (4-1/2 years), but the questions persist, partly fueled by the adorable reality of the Brangelina six-pack of kids.
An interaction between JA and ABC News correspondent Amy Robach generated buzz online and off as it seemed that the actress had finally lost her temper about The Subject. Some writers said Ms. Aniston was “clearly riled“, or that she “snapped” because the reporter asked, “So, what does family mean to you?’ After watching the video with full context, I don’t agree. She’s exasperated, all right, but Amy Robach ain’t the cause.
Ms. Robach’s actual question, in full, was, “This [movie] has heart, with a family-centered theme. Did it make you think about what family means to you, in this 21st century?” JA honestly replied, “What family means to me, is the family I’ve chosen.”
Not good enough, says the media machine.
Pop “Jennifer Aniston” into your favorite search engine. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Here’s a teeny, teeny peek at what you’ll find:
JA Pokes Fun at Pregnancy Rumors (8/10/13)
JA: I’m Not Pregnant, I’ve Just Packed on the Pounds (8/11/13)
Baby Bump Time! JA Undergoing IVF Treatments (8/1/13)
Ms. Robach also wanted to know, amid all the rumors and tabloids and paparazzi, exactly which question is does JA find “most frustrating?”
Response: “When they try to connect it to the movie. ‘If I was to have a child, how many kids do I want?’ And then, ‘do I want a boy or a girl?'” The “it” in question is babies.
I wish the Internet’s attention had listened when Jennifer said this:
“I think it’s very sweet that people want everything for me. I’m so content and so happy where I am.”
Really look at her when she speaks this line. Hear the tones in her voice. I believe her. Jennifer Aniston is OK, people. Just as she is.
Image Credit: Warner Bros./We’re the Millers