Jennifer Joanna Aniston was born February 11, 1969. Jennifer Aniston is an American film and television actress. She became famous in the mid 1990s for playing the role of Rachel Green in the popular US sitcom Friends, a role for which she won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
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It’s time for Jennifer Aniston to ‘Switch’ it up
Jennifer Aniston’s upcoming film, “The Switch,” is intended as a romantic comedy, but its premise sounds neither romantic nor particularly funny. Aniston plays a 40-year-old woman who uses an anonymous sperm donor to get pregnant, then finds out years later that her male best friend (Jason Bateman) switched out the anonymous sample with his own. The movie’s working title, “The Baster,” is probably closer to the sort of “humor” the audience can anticipate enduring at the expense of women with reproductive challenges.
It’s not that we as a culture can’t have any sense of humor about those challenges. It’s that Aniston doesn’t have the best track record of choosing scripts that deliver on the potential of a concept like that — or on her own potential.
Despite an otherwise-solid cast (Bateman, Jeff Goldblum, “Angels in America”‘s Patrick Wilson), “The Switch” looks depressingly like the B-minus-at-best fare we’ve come to expect from Aniston: the double-takes, the cutesy pained faces, and the careful smoothing of precisely highlighted hair away from her brow with a flawlessly manicured fingernail. The question is, should we expect any better from the former “Friends” star? Or should Jennifer Aniston have worn out her impeccably groomed welcome by now?
It depends on what we mean by “better.” Aniston isn’t without talent; she does do some things well (besides having great hair and toned arms). She’s experienced at letting bigger and wackier onscreen personalities like Vince Vaughn (her co-star in “The Break-Up”) and Ben Stiller (“Along Came Polly”) work the punchlines, and that’s harder than it looks.
And Aniston is relatable. She’s pretty, but not intimidatingly so; she has a sweetness to her, a sense that she’s a good friend, and that sense translates to many of her roles.
Doomed to play a mom?
Some of that relatability may proceed from events in her personal life, too — she’s rich and famous, she’s cute, and she still wound up divorced, and forced to answer intrusive questions from late-night hosts about if/when she’s going to have kids. Anyone who’s ever gotten cheated on, or had to defend her life choices to her mother ad nauseam, feels for Aniston, who has to go through it in the spotlight, and whose attractive charm was evidently no match for the gorgeous, dangerous, slightly unhinged and therefore fascinating Angelina Jolie — who also has an Oscar to her name. Ouch.
Sweet, relatable, and well turned-out is great, and Hollywood needs patient/long-suffering moms, too (Aniston’s main job in “Marley & Me” and “Iron Giant”), but it’s probably not enough long-term. The cruel Hollywood reality is that, at 41, Aniston doesn’t have much time left with romantic-lead/ingénue roles. If she wants to find work as anything besides a mom going forward, she’ll need to show serious range — but it’s range she doesn’t seem to have.