Jennifer Aniston may be in the prime of her career, but she apparently considered throwing in the towel just a couple years ago!
The superstar made an appearance on the SmartLess podcast, hosted by fellow actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, and revealed that an “unprepared project” she worked on in the past couple years left her debating whether acting was still the right path for her.
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She explained about almost walking away from the business:
“I would have to say the last two years that has crossed my mind, which it never did before.”
The 51-year-old naturally didn’t reveal what project made her doubt her career choices, but noted that it took place shortly before The Morning Show — the acclaimed drama series that landed her a SAG Award earlier this year, not to mention both Golden Globes and Emmys nominations.
She said of the project:
“Before The Morning Show, it was after a job I had completed and I was like ‘Woah that sucked the life out of me’ and I don’t know if this is what interests me. And I had this fantasy of ‘what if I just… you know.’”
Hmmm…. what could she be talking about!?
A quick look at Aniston’s IMDB page shows that her most recent project before The Morning Show was starring alongside Adam Sandler in the Netflix comedy Murder Mystery.
But the actress made it clear in the interview that she “always” loves filming with the Big Daddy star, sharing:
“I always love shooting with Sandler. Just Go With It was super fun. We’ve known each other since we were 19.”
We’ll rule out movies like Horrible Bosses 2 and Office Christmas Party, as those both also starred podcast co-host Bateman, and we can’t imagine she was trying to call him out like that. We can also cross off Jen’s 2014 drama Cake, as she called that experience one of her most “fulfilling,” explaining:
“That was an experience that was creatively fulfilling. Everything I imagined as an actor I’d be completely afraid of and suck at, I didn’t so bad.”
So, what’s left? The 2018 comedy Dumplin’ and the 2017 war drama The Yellow Birds — both of which Jen served as executive producer in addition to acting in. But it’s worth noting that she played a grieving mother in The Yellow Birds, which is the kind of role that would suck the life out of a comedic-leaning actor, if you ask us.
Either way, we’ll likely never know which exact role almost made Jen change careers. But we do know what she’d be doing if she had quit. The star said on the episode:
“Interior design, probably… I love it. It’s my happy place. It’s really a happy place for me.”
We could totally see it!
As for her most beloved past performances, Jen said that her “number one” favorite is still playing Rachel Green. She shared:
“I loved, well, obviously Friends. That’s a no brainer…I would have to say that would be number one.”
CHICAGO FIRE — “Protect a Child” Episode 817 — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
Chicago Fire is officially returning on Nov. 11, and we’re itching to know what’s going to happen in Season 9.
For Chicago Fire fans, the past several months have been rough. Not knowing when the show would resume filming, after being upended by the pandemic, had everyone feeling anxious.
But fear not, fans, the moment has arrived! The show’s production picked back up in September, and our fervent friends at Firehouse 51 will be back on our screens in less than two months.
Check out our top three questions for Chicago Fire Season 9 below!
With a new season comes new storylines, and we have a few questions about what’s in store for our favorite firefighters and paramedics in Season 9.
1. Chicago Fire Season 9: Will we get a Stellaride proposal?
Lt. Kelly Severide started out as a suave ladies man, bedding beautiful women left and right. He tried being monogamous a few times. It didn’t quite stick. But that all changed when Severide’s sassy, spunky former crush Stella Kidd arrived at Firehouse 51.
In true drama TV fashion, though, the two first took us on a relationship rollercoaster ride for nearly two seasons. But they eventually came to their senses and got serious.
Stellaride fans rejoiced!
It’s a ship worth rooting for, as Kidd and Severide are a great match. They are both strong people with strong personalities. But they also both have big hearts and are supportive of each other.
And despite all the back and forth, and highs and lows, the pair seemed to finally be on solid ground in Season 8. Not even Severide’s pretty OFI partner, Lt. Wendy Seager, who was bold enough to hit on him in front of Kidd, could shake them.
CHICAGO FIRE — “Hold Our Ground” Episode 810 — Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
It only makes sense that Stellaride would consider taking the next step in their relationship soon. And Severide did mention having kids and grandkids with Kidd. So, let’s hope Season 9 brings the couple closer to that scenario.
Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon has unfettered access to the people who brought Game of Thrones to life. It’s shaping up to be the definitive history of the show.
Very soon, Game of Thrones fans everywhere will be able to read Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Untold Story of the Epic Series, an extensive oral history of the show put together by Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, who for years had unparalleled access to the cast and crew; like, I’m seriously jealous of how often he was allowed to visit the set.
Envy aside, that access gave him the ability to talk directly to the actors, writers and crew members responsible for bringing the show to life, and it looks like he’s produced a book that will be the definitive take on the history of this show. The few excerpts released so far have been fantastic, from an exploration of the disastrous, unaired pilot to an explanation of why the showrunners chose to cut Lady Stoneheart to a deep dive into the making of “Blackwater,” one of the show’s early pivotal episodes.
And now, the book has a trailer. Watch below:
Honestly, I’ve always thought it was a little weird for books to have trailers, but in this case I’ll make an exception. As if all the behind-the-scenes stories weren’t enough to get me interested in the book, the never-before-seen photos push me over the top.
Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Untold Story of the Epic Series (or just Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon for short, because man that title is long) is published by Dutton. It’ll be out in stores on October 6.
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