Jennifer Aniston plays a tough roll in the hit Apple TV+ show, The Morning Show. Her role as Alex Levy paints the story of a strong, risk-taking, yet cautious women who finds herself in a working environment saturated in sexual assaults.
The show largely based around true stories in the news industry about sexual assault in the workplace is an emotional rollercoaster for the viewers, and apparently for Aniston too. In a brand new interview with the Los Angles Times, Jenniffer opens up about how the show felt like 20 years of therapy wrapped into 10 episodes.
“That show was 20 years of therapy wrapped into 10 episodes,” says Aniston, 51. “There were times when I would read a scene and feel like a whole manhole cover was taken off my back.”LA Times
The interview goes on to describe that Alex’s role in the show, fighting tough corporate elites attempting to take her down is no different than her personal struggle of being underestimated.
You might guess that Aniston could relate to playing a famous woman whose every move is scrutinized and judged, who grapples daily with people projecting their ideas of what her life should be (Brad & Jen-aissance) versus the authentic journey she’s trying to forge, whose sell-by date “expired years ago” (at least, according to Billy Crudup’s dismissive network exec) and who, in one of “The Morning Show’s” most memorable scenes, tells her bosses that she’s really, really tired of being underestimated.LA Times
Jennifer also recollects the scene from episode 2 of the show where Alex, her ex-husband, and her daughter are in a limo to an awards night. In the ride, Alex goes into panic mode, breaking down over the fear of messing up at the event following days of bad press and shocking revelations at the network.
“There have been moments — not to that level of hysteria — but moments of ‘I don’t want to f—ing go here,’ ‘I don’t want to walk out onto the carpet,’ ‘I don’t want to be seen,’ ‘I don’t want to be looked at and everyone’s going to be talking about me and judging me’ … that’s real,” Aniston says. “I just loved being able to walk into it and lean into it and not be ashamed of it, but actually just … it was like …” she lets out a sound of sublime satisfaction. “Ooooooooooh.”LA Times
Jennifer is nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy award, which adds to a total of 8 Emmy nominations for The Morning Show. The Morning show is set for a season 2, however, that season is now being rewritten to better represent the current global landscape.
You can read Jennifer’s full interview with the Los Angles Times here.