This week People-magazine has the cover line ‘Jen – Five Years after Brad’. Oh Dear Lord. For many years now, well five apparently, Jennifer Aniston has been the world’s sweetheart. She was the girl next door ( for Chandler and Joey at least) of the telly who did good and married a big screen Hollywood actor. It was a fairytale come true, she had actually upgraded and became a true star. They were a Golden Couple, hanging in there against all odds. Then they split, supposedly amicably ( isn’t that always the case – unless you are Dennis Hopper) but I guess it didn’t help he had met a classically beautiful movie goddess with an edge and a cute kid to win anyone over. The rest is history: the new golden movie couple procreated, having beautiful children -even twins a boy and a girl, le choix du roi. Oh and they picked up a couple of others along the way. They are insanely perfect in that classic American kind of way, Liz and Richard but with tattoos.
But what about poor Jen. She was left behind at the grand old age of 35 – surely she wouldn’t find happiness ever again! Every man she looked at was severly scrutinised, we do love her after all and don’t want to see her hurt. However, should such a thing happen we would like to read about it; with the British Grazia seeming to be one of the biggest stockholders in the Aniston brand.
Don’t we all feel for her, all these men from Vince to John to Bradley ( who then ran off with Renee, oh the horror – she lost out to another 40 year old divorcee – and the market is getting smaller). Nothing worked. Still we loved reading about it and how Jen dealt with it all, friends ( BFF Courtney) and yoga. She kept smiling, she kept working and carving away at that Hollywood career. All this in combination with a little clever PR, kept her in the spotlight and Jen entered the top ten of richest women in the USA.
So poor Jen? I’m not so sure… She has set herself up nicely: she keeps working on films, gaining experience whilst growing towards the more interesting roles. She has the money to get involved in smaller projects, challenging herself as a director or producer, hereby also increasing her influence and income.Yes, she is single but that will keep the press on its toes, they are interested who is she looking at, who could she be possibly dating? Were she a married woman, her hanging out with Gerard Butler her co-star in the upcoming The Bounty Hunter (which seems to have more than some similarities to Mr&Mrs Smith but more for real people not insanely beautiful ones – anyway we all know what happened there) would not have gathered that much publicity during the Golden Globes this week. (Don’t worry, apparently the man is already betrothed to my friend Laura though he might not know it. Yet.)
Pity her? Surely not. She is not (and never has been during this Brad marlarkey me thinks) a heartbroken lost little girl. In fact she is a 41 year old woman both beautiful and confident, who seems to know what she wants and where she is heading. She understands the business ( All Sing: There is no business but show business…) and makes it work for her. She is hardly a spinster, though society will rejoice when she does get married or hook up with someone and who knows she might even pop out a couple of kids. The world might feign surprise but I have this feeling Jennifer Aniston already knows that everything willl turn out just a-ok.