"I don't understand it," she replied. "I just think it's like watching a soap opera!"
A soap opera that reached circus-like proportions after her divorce from Brad Pitt a decade ago.
"The fact that it still follows you around -- I mean, I'm divorced. It's gotta be painful. I mean, I don't like it when people bring it up. But people still do, right?"
"I don't find it painful, though," Aniston said. "I think it's a narrative that follows you because it's an interesting headline. It's more of a media-driven topic."
"You've moved on, clearly."
"Well, everybody has!" she laughed.
"You guys still talk? You friends?"
"We've exchanged good wishes and all that sort of stuff to each other, but not a constant thing. I mean, do you talk to your ex-wife?"
"No. ... When I have do, I do."
"There ya' go!"
She's currently engaged to actor Justin Theroux -- happy and blissful, she says, despite the spotlight.
"But can you and Justin turn off all that noise and static?" Cowan asked.
"Oh, we do. We absolutely do. We know what our truth is. And that's all just static."
Her latest role isn't glamorous, like all the magazine covers she graces. Instead, it's gritty and sad and, in parts, funny. She'll always be that.
But she hopes now fans and critics alike will see that Jennifer Aniston is more than just the Girl Next Door.
"It feels like there's some page is about to turn, and it could just be closing of a book, or it could be a new chapter -- who knows? She laughed. "I just know that for me personally, I did something for myself that was important."
"Makes it all worth it?"
"Oh, it's always worth it, yeah."
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