The InStyle October issue is here featuring the one and only Jennifer Aniston, chatting her most complex role yet, turning 50 and all things “The Morning Show.” In a series of FIVE newsstand covers [subscriber cover also featured here] she channels iconic beauty looks from the ‘60s and ‘70s – Veruschka, Catherine Deneuve, Lauren Hutton, Brigitte Bardot and Charlotte Rampling. Photographed by Michael Thompson.
On Apple TV’s “The Morning Show”: “The show gives you a behind-the-curtain peek at a lot of things—what it takes to pull off a morning show, the unique lifestyle of these anchors, the obsession with celebrity culture, and humanity in the midst of corruption. Plus we’re addressing the ugly truths of how men have treated women in our society, particularly in the workplace, for all these years,” Aniston explains. “We’re looking at the ways in which we’ve all normalized this behavior and how we’re all by-products of our environment, having grown up with sexism encoded in our messaging, however extreme or subtle. This show looks at how a culture of silence can slowly evolve and how we sometimes participate without even realizing it.”
On her character in the show: By Aniston’s own admission, her role on “The Morning Show” is her most complex to date. She plays Alex Levy, the ambitious co- host of a television news program who confronts the sexism, ageism, and other -isms foisted onto her by a troubled male co-host (Steve Carell), her network’s male executives, and, in some respects, herself. “Alex’s sell-by date expired long ago, and she’s trying to stay relevant,” says Aniston, whose research included going behind the scenes at “Good Morning America.”
On the “The Morning Show” intersecting with the #MeToo movement: “The show was always about the abuse of power, and women and sexism. We sold it in the summer, and then Harvey [Weinstein] happened in the fall,” Aniston says. The allegations against CBS’s ‘This Morning’ anchor Charlie Rose and the ‘Today show’’s Matt Lauer came next. “Reese and I were like…‘The show is writing itself.’ It was as if the universe were begging for this patriarchal society to be exposed. It’s crazy.”
On her inspiration for the character – Diane Sawyer: “I’ve known Diane for years, and I had the joy of getting to pick her brain when I was doing research for the show. Diane’s always been so elegant and classy.”
On turning 50: “Fifty was the first time I thought, ‘Well, that number,’ ” Aniston says. “I don’t know what it is because I don’t feel any different. Things aren’t shutting down in any way. I feel physically incredible. So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”
On coloring her hair till the end: “I’m not gonna lie—I don’t want gray hair,” she says.
The October issue of InStyle magazine is available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download Sept. 20th.
[Photo Credit: Michael Thompson/InStyle Magazine]
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