Jennifer Aniston opens up self-doubt and past heartbreak during a Q&A session at Giffoni Film Festival. What she had to say to a young fan proved as candid as it is inspiring, as it’s a rare moment that a celebrity reveals her vulnerabilities.
The video which you can see below, has gone viral. The story was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Jennifer Aniston was at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, which is the largest film festival in Europe devoted to children’s films. She was being honored with a lifetime achievement award. During the Q&A she weighed in on a number of topics including bullying and women’s roles and the like. Pretty much the usual fare.
But when a teenage fan asked her if she ever woke up in the morning and didn’t know who she was, according to THR, she became emotional as you can see in the video below.
Jennifer Aniston said, “There are not enough fingers and toes in this entire room to count how many times that moment has happened to me.”
Continuing, she said, “We’re all human beings at the end of the day, whether we’re a waitress or a baker or a student or whatever we are, at the end of the day you kind of hit walls and think I kind of can’t go any farther. Or this is too much. My heart can’t take it or the pain is too great, or am I good enough? Will I survive? And you just have to sort of somehow miraculously overcome. You just go, ‘I can’t, yes I can, yes you can.’
She went on to say, “And also know that your actors, your idols, your icons, whatever you call them, have all had that experience in their lives many, many times. There’s nothing that separates us from you, because we all started at the same place. We all came out of nowhere. Don’t punish yourself if you feel that. Go talk to people and seek help and always find something to inspire you.”
You can see the video below, as Jennifer Aniston opens up and is visibly emotional, and reportedly was moved to tears. It’s been just a few weeks ago that she sparked much discussion with her essay declaring that she was not only not pregnant but “fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism,’ the ‘First Amendment’ and ‘celebrity news.’” She’s had more than her share of this, as she’s lived out her heartbreaks in front of cameras and speculative stories.
As THR reports, she also weighed in on women’s roles in the movies and on social media, offering some cautionary words to the audience. She said, “I think we need to empower women to not just be about dresses and beauty and selfies. We need to start having conversations and put our phones down and get out of social media, take social media brakes.”
She added, “That’s why we’re not seeing the right stories being told, because everyone is stuck in their phones.”
It was one of those rare moments, however, caught on cell phone video, that’s being noted and remembered. We’ve heard discussions on bullying before and we’ve heard calls for equality before, but it’s not every day that a celebrity shares with a young audience — and now the world at large — a fact so obvious it’s constantly overlooked; fame doesn’t inoculate anyone from pain, heartbreak, self-doubt or worry.
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