Jennifer Aniston still talking about that 'Break-Up'
July 7th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Jennifer Aniston still talking about that 'Break-Up'

Jennifer Aniston’s performance in the movie “The Break-Up” was a heartfelt one: The actress says on “Inside the Actors Studio” that she drew from her real-life split from Brad Pitt for the role.

The 2006 movie, co-starring Vince Vaughn, “was a beautiful human story about a couple breaking up,” Aniston tells the Bravo show’s host, James Lipton. “And I was slightly familiar on the topic and the issue, and I honestly felt like, what a great way to exorcise some of that.”

If anything, she adds, her personal break-up made her job easier.

“I enjoyed it,” she says. “You would think otherwise, because producers were like, ‘I don’t know if we should ask you to do this,’ and I was like, why not? Turn the page. Let's move on.”

But as successful as “The Break-Up” was, it sounds like it might pale in comparison to Aniston’s longstanding role on “Friends."

Thinking back to the final episode, she says that the cast “just wept, cried our eyes out.” The show, she adds, “is one of the greatest jobs I ever had. It gave me everything. It gave me this ridiculously blessed life and career, and it’s taught me so much. It was the best time I ever had.”

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  1. Chris

    "friends" a show set in new york where there was only one black, asian or latino person on the show, how realistic. yeah, be real proud of your racist show...

    August 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lillyann

    Why is she on the 'Actors Studio'? Her acting skills are limited. And not even that good. All of her movies/characters are basically the same.

    She really hasn't moved on. The movie roles are the same. She has one boyfriend after the other. No stability in her life.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. greg2319

    Jen is hot as hell.. I would love to just to take a shower with her.. maybe rub up against her a little.

    July 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. biggerballz

    shes as ugly on the outside as on the inside, move on loser, you were never good enough for him

    July 26, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Me

    She must be so tired of these questions about past relationships from which she has moved on.....yet she patiently answers them when they come up again and again...and again.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. BA belibtn

    What a sad woman. Lonely, selfish and self absorbed is all I think of whenever I see her, no wonder she's incapable of finding a mate (and she tries sooo hard, I've seen her with everybody!) She's so desperate that she frightens everyone away, so needy !!!! Plus add to this she was never a big talent to begin with and has never really had a good movie. Guess "friends" would be the best she's done and that's sad.... she should just accept the fact that when she was married, all she cared about was "her" career and didn't want the family her husband ached for (and we know how that turned out) and then she painted herself as "the poor victim". She should just move on and accept the truth, then maybe (big maybe... still no big career or prospects, still single and much older) she could grow enough to be able to become part of a couple.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. oldboldgold

    CNN has gotten so.... Yahoo!

    July 22, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Claire

    CNN "recommends" this? Every recent story I've seen about Jennifer Anniston keeps focusing on others asking her about Brad Pitt. From what I gather, including in this story, she never even mentions him unless asked. And she is well-known for her philanthropy. I've not met her, so I have no idea what her personality is really like, but none of the stories I've seen really let her show it. The media has an obsession with her break-up, not her.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    In this article:

    An over the hill actress bemoans getting broken up with like 20 years ago and CNN indulges obsessive types everywhere. Someone give these people an award.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Anistons career has been one mistake after another, poor performances, limited acting ability. Why would her life be any different? We all live under self-engineered misconceptions, hers is that she matters to anyone.

    July 21, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. keb

    She seems so real and humble.

    July 21, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. YerFriendBenny

    Instead of break up about:
    1. Movies that tell a story about happy endings.
    2. No more stupid movies of break ups, disasters, beheadings, and mayhem.
    3. No more movies that bore you to tears and waste your day.
    4. Movies with a real story to them.

    Stop talking forever about the past. Let it go. Who cares. Let's move on to more important things...

    Unemployment, high azz gas prices, the economy that's in the toilet, all the jobs overseas and no steel industry or car factories in this country.

    Wait–how about this...oh never mind...zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 18, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Volusia County

    If Jen woulda had kids, SHE would still be with Brad! Brad wanted kids and to settle down.... but noooooo Ms. Thang wasn't ready for kids (still living the Friends dream) and Angelina SAID HOW MANY DO YOU WANT AND I WILL GET YOU ANY FLAVOR YOU WANT!!! Ms. Thang could have gave him kids...she could have paid somebody to do it and not mess her figure up. See what being selfish cost fine a$$ man!

    July 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Angelina Jolie

    So what I stole Brad. Jen needs to get over it. Sometimes Brad wishes he is still living the childfree life but he's not so ha ha Brad and if Jen wants him back she can have him and take a couple of the rugrats with him as they aren't so cute anymore!

    July 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Emily

    There is nothing wrong with her talking about her break up when she is discussing a past movie that was about a break up. Also, she is constatnly being compared to Angelina because of her break up..Every magazine article is a picture and story of Angelina or Brad then the next picture and article will be about Jennifer. It has to be annoying to have your private life out in the world like that especially after your husband had an affair and it is years later. The media has ever let it die it's not Jennifer's fault.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  16. julia

    brad very poor because jolie very wild drug so much

    July 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. mejazzbo

    How many years ago was this a non-story, and some CNN summer intern is still on the topic. Is it possible Ms. Aniston did something in her life other than the monkey dance with Brad Pitt. I hear she has a new movie out today. I wonder what that's all about. I'm betting Brad Pitt isn't even in it. But we will never know because the CNN Entertainment Marquee Blog has no story concerning that subject. It there an editor in the house?

    July 8, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  18. big Al

    For all the hateful people that post hateful statements, take all that powerful energy and put it to good use to make a positive impact and help the less fortunate. It makes you feel good and more grown up.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  19. bezerkur

    listen to u jealous fat envious haters. ur all girls. just except shes smokin hot and ur not. even at her age shes drop dead gorgeous. and u all wish u were at half her age. deal with it

    July 8, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  20. Jean

    Blah. Blah. Blah. Please just shut-up and go away and make another bad movie.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  21. Hootie and the Buttfish

    Anuston thinks she is so cute and everyone is so in love with her. Well F U ANUSston ya cold fish.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. Rolyat

    She may have dated many other guys since Brad. But I guarantee she has not slept with them. Anyone can see when she talks about Brad, her eyes get all goo gooed. And when she presented that award a few years back and Brad and Angie were in the front row in the audience, she melted when she saw him and almost flubbed her lines while staring at him. The fact of the matter is, had he been happy at home, he would not have hooked up with Angie. He was looking, flirting. Had it not been Angie. It would have been someone else. I bet Angie gets all hot, nasty and dirty in the bed. Jen lays there like a cold dead fish.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  23. Lavette Dent

    So tired of Jennifer Aniston talking about her break-up with Brad Pitt,thats anicent history. Jen even has her pal Chelsea Handler dissing Angelina Jolie on her show. Clearly, Brad screwed her over, but get over it , or seek therapy. Jen, you have a whole lot to be happy about,your blessed...Stop playing the victim role, it does"nt suite you.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • hempdigiddydog

      are u people crazy?shes rich,rich people worry bout that money not past love,trust ,and she is fine truly fine,so all you rotten tooth females stop hating,give the lady her just do,because if she was all the things u people are saying she would not be on the big screen getn that money,seems to have a movie out every year huh,thats what yall mad about,say that all that other stuff flush it,hate does not read good on some of you!!!

      July 18, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  24. amazed

    Wow... This is sad ur all talking about her getting a life, BUT WHERE IS YOURS??

    July 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  25. Katherine vasquez

    Seriously, she needs to get over Brad Pitt already. He's married to Angelina Jolie & they have kids already. It's been years now since they have been together. Move on already.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ticklemeshimmy

      Actually he is not married to Angie but with all those kids he ought to be. Jen was great on Friends, but she will never be as high caliber an actress as Angie...NEVER...

      July 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. tippy

    People please Jen is better than Angelina she did not cheat! She is the better woman! Leave her alone.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  27. charlie crack

    Jennifer Aniston doesn't age. Fine as he!! That's for sure.....i'd wash her drawls.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. rebound

    Wasn't Jen on the rebound from Tate Donovan and Brad on the rebound from Gwenyth Paltrow at the time they met? Should of seen it coming, rebounds never work.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  29. cricket

    As a teacher once told a friend of mine – "You think too much"!!! That is what so many of you people do. Think too much about things you know nothing about. And then make stupid comments.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Feeniegal

    Another article said she is taking a hiatus to work on her self. I'm sure she means that literally. Time away from the cameras for a few nip tucks to heal. I don't think she wants kids, just dogs. I do believe she will find another husband some day.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  31. proj

    jen is way hotter than a.j. but i bet she is like a dead fish in the sack. nobody likes that.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |

    I will say that I like Jen; to me the movies I've seen her in; she played the character very well. Also, the last time I checked, and I could be mistaken, but I believe her and Brad has since reconciled. no their not the best of friends, that ship sailed, but there is no anger nor animosity between the two. So why are there some people on this comment board so upset? And besides it has been stated time and time again that Brad wanted children yet Jen did not. Was it right to start making moves before the divorce papers were even drawn up? Yes but it look like Brad had pretty much made up his mind long before Angie came into the picture. People keep making Angie out to be the bad person but like the old saying goes, "it takes two". Maybe she started the fling which soon turned into a relationship, we don't know for sure, but Brad surely didn't have a problem with it . As far as we can clearly see he liked it and it was a HUGE plus that she was already starting her own family. As for Jen almost every other interview she does they ask about that whole ordeal and she does her best to answer without staying to long on the topic. But to say that she is still dwelling on it, i think, is far from the truth. I mean it's been 6 or more years, Brad went on; had two and adobted like 6 kids with Angie. To me all parties involved are all chilling and just counting their millions that they bring in every week/month. Just my opinion.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  33. WOW

    if you're annoyed with this site & read the articles that are not CNN but under the CNN website, don't sit there & be negative. OBViOUSLY you care enough to read these articles and take time out of your life to write comments.. GET A LiFE!

    July 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Mary

    I agree with Rachel... Jennifer is very boring and easy woman... She needs man and wants baby...

    July 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      If she had wanted a baby, wouldn't she have had one with Brad? Goodness knows he wanted one so badly, everyone knew it.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • lt

      I guess you are the type that thinks unless you have a man &/or a baby life is not worth living. How sad for you Mary.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  35. Rachel

    And do any of you think for one second that this will stop? Aniston's ego was absolutely CRUSHED when Brad left her so that he could start a family – something he deeply longed for.

    Aniston seriously needs to GROW UP and move on. Her days with Brad are OOOOOOOOVER!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  36. WebDeb

    So what if she brings up her ex...It does'nt mean she wants anything to do with him. He was a part of her life once.
    No.....I'm sure she is not pining for him anymore as everyone likes to think. Remember she is in a current relationship.
    If you don't like her or her movies then why are you even on this site commenting as if you know her personally.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dave

    I'd hit that in a second

    July 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans

      DUH! Who wouldn't?

      July 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      Wow, what class! Who cares who you would "hit"? You'd probably "hit " a knothole....

      July 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BennySays

      Davey Boy,

      Do us all a favor...go to Hollywood, introduce yourself, and be her bf. Then marry her so she will shut up. Since she's too old to have kids, adopt 14 and live happily ever after...

      Unless you are already married. Then my condolences..

      July 18, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  38. Lucy

    The reporter of this story is both deceptive and trashy, misrepresenting the classy Jennifer Aniston's words. She wasn't talking about her divorce but instead responding to a specific question about a movie role.

    She is with an amazing man now. It's true what they say: everything happens for a reason. LOVELOVELOVE Justin Theroux. Go get him Jen! You two will make beautiful children together. xx

    July 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Some of you posters just never give up on the issue of her "making babies" with everyone she dates. The thing is, she doesn't seem to really want kids, so lighten up and let it go.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  39. yourman

    jenn you are so hot i would anything to me you why are people so hateful. thay have no life. you have a super body and nice feet.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denver the Last Dinosaur

      Quentin, is that you? Lay off the coke, it's messing up your ability to write a coherent sentence.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Susan

    I love Jenn. She is such a beautiful person inside and out. The story was fine I just didnt like it. You always look for that happy ending.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  41. LoJenkins

    July 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  42. LOL

    Lots of jealous girls here!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA


      July 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucy

      Indeed, people who call her ugly and old probably are more out of shape and plainlooking at 20 than she is in her 40s. Accept it, bitter ones: She is infinitely more beautiful, successful, and richer than you will ever be. Peace.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You nailed it, LOL.

      July 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans

      Exactly. Every guy out there would give their eye teeth for the chance to jump all over her bones!

      July 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      I hear ya, and I'm a girl...............Jen is hot and fun to watch

      July 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Melba Toast

    Maybe Jen could go on the Nancy Grace show. They could hug, cry together then sratch off one anothers fishing hole.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Rose

    Jennifer Aniston is beautiful but despite her beauty and all her money, she really has no life. That is sad. In interviews she has nothing to talk about except the fictional characters in her films. She doesn't give any time to charities or causes. She has no family. She has a lot of past issues she can't seem to get over, and has a narcisstic personality. Beauty means nothing when you are empty and shallow inside.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      How do you know all these..?
      Mhhh, maybe you should get a life...

      July 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DV

      This was an interview for Inside the Actors Studio. It's SUPPOSED to be about her characters and career. She supports Habitat for Humanity, St Jude's Children's Research Hospital, GLAAD, Feeding America, Project ALS, and many more. Do your homework before making assumptions. It's so easy to hide behind anonymity and ignorance.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • cricket

      Get your facts straight, Rose, before you run off at the mouth. She DOES donate to charities and gives of her time. She just doesn't drag a whole bus/plane load of reporters with her. And before you claim she has to be PAID to do the clips for the charities – check your facts since you didn't the last time you commented. For starters, you can start with Marlo Thomas. Jen, Brad and Angie have all moved on a long time ago – so should everyone else.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • FYI

      How do you come off saying she has no family – Do you personally know her? and BTW – Her father is a soap star of 20+ years – John Aniston – and yes he is still alive and well.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      wow, you certainly seem to know a lot about nothing

      July 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Cletus

    I ate a big red candle

    July 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Rolyat

    Jennifer Aniston needs to get on her knees every single night and thank God for what she has. She has a net worth of $125M and has not one bit of acting talent. And for the love of God Jennifer . . . move on and stop talking about Brad. He left you for another woman. And he also stated that he fell in love with Angelina the moment he saw her. So she didn't steal him from you. Obviously he was not happy with you or he woudn't have had a roving eye. Take your money and go disappear.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cat

      Thank you....I am so sick of Jennifer's someone done her wrong. She lost Brad because she is as boring as her movies.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shay

      When and where do you see her whining and crying about Brad? This article put those words in her mouths, pretty sure she didnt say anything about Brad.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • patty

      Hw may have fallen in love with her but the fact of the matter is he still cheated on his and ther'es never a reason for cheating i dont care who you are. It's also not true that all men cheat.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lacey

      And, Angelina has also stated that she seduced Brad, knowing he was married. Either way, it's not like she just brings it up in every interview. It was a big breakup of a big Hollywood couple, so she always gets asked about it, even after 6 years. Get over yourselves! She's moved on and has dated plenty of other men, so she doesn't seem the least bit upset. Taking your senseless hating elsewhere.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • maxine

      you hit the nail on the head

      July 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  47. 16 and pregnant mom to be

    I cry and weep everytime I see her in the media. Such a mousy little fake.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DV

      Seriously? Cry and weep? I'm pretty sure you can find something more earth-shattering to cry and weep about. I cry and weep over 16 year old moms to be.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TcTruth

      I agree with DV. You should be crying over the fact that you've essentially destroyed any possibility of a normal life. I bet your parents are proud. But hey, this isn't about you...

      July 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Dee

    Why don't you cover someone that has some talent instead of this boring has been!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. guest

    Really? That's the headline you're going to attach to this story? She was asked and is talking about her career – not her ex-husband and not their split. You might not have been as offensive as some other sites with putting words into her mouth to create an inaccurate headline, but I still expected better of a site under the CNN banner.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me


      July 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      You're obviously new here.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gwen

      She is still talking about a really crappy movie she made with the guy she was "dating" at the time, who has since moved on. Obviously she had to say something because her performance in "The Break-Up" was panned. I guess "heartfelt emotion" is not as good as actual talent. Plus, Angelina was named a top earner among women actresses so Jennifer had to do something to get into the spotlight. GET OVER HIM!! He is NOT coming back, no matter how much you whine.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • 916

      I also agree!!!! CNN is starting to get on my nerves!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • janeK

      Exactly. Out of an entire hour long interview they focus on that one answer to a leading question.

      She was married to the guy, it's normal.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Why do all you CNN complainers keep coming back and commenting? Why not just go away and find an entertainment news source that you actually like? Crazy concept, huh?

      July 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Agree !!

      July 8, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Mickey


      July 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |

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