Life for Jennifer Aniston is simply picture-perfect. More than 20 years after she became a household name, the beloved star says she's finally coming into her own.
Aniston, 45, opened up in a new cover for the December/January issue of Harper's Bazaar, touching on the happy place that she is in with her career, friendships, and her relationship with both herself and her fiancé, Justin Theroux.
"I've had more fun post-40 than I can remember, from a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view," the Friends alum told the mag, adding that she took a break from dating to surround herself with her longtime friends and focus on herself. "It really helped me get to a place where I was more comfortable with myself, truly ready for love and for a partner. The past wasn't 'less than.' It was extremely important to my growth as a woman."
"If you take the law of attraction, if you only love yourself 70 percent, that's what's going to come back to you," Aniston continued. "So you fill up that 30 percent, then all of a sudden there's this pure, good love standing right in front of you. Then you realize, 'Oh, this can be easy! It doesn't have to be so hard.'"
The Emmy winner has found an easier love in Theroux, whom she began dating in the spring of 2011. The Leftovers actor, 43, proposed to Aniston in August 2012, and the couple is currently shacked up in a gorgeous home in Los Angeles. "Just buddies" for a long time, the pair became close while filming the 2012 comedy Wanderlust together.
Before she got her happy ending however, Aniston famously suffered one of the most juicy, public divorces, when her five-year marriage with Brad Pitt ended in 2005 and he moved on quickly with Angelina Jolie.
"[I'm] a forgiving person," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I absolutely am. I think it's extremely important to forgive. Otherwise it just builds up like toxic waste. There's nothing worse than holding a grudge. Listen, people can do unforgivable things, but you have to let it go and say, 'Look, we're all human beings. We make mistakes.' To hold any kind of resentment is like taking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die."
Now that she has moved on, Aniston is free to gush about her love of three-and-a-half years. Asked by Bazaar about who her "creative crush" is, the star named none other than her hunky roommate. See photos of Jennifer and Justin's sweetest moments.
"Justin Theroux," she said. "Not only is he a great actor but he's one of the best comedy writers out there. And he directs and paints murals. I just think it's so attractive to be that good at so many things and to have no ego. He's one of the most humble, decent human beings. He's not an ass. He's not like some of our friends who are young and up-and-coming and they hit celebrity, and all of a sudden you're like, 'Oh! You're different. Now you don't say hi to people?'"
But it's not just Theroux's acting chops that make Aniston swoon, she went on to name some of his other attractive attributes and compliment the star for how well he's handled their very public relationship, saying "He's just been doing it so graciously and gracefully, and it's a strange ballpark to walk into. He's in his body, for sure. He's a pretty realized person."
"It's almost impossible to get bored with one another," she added. "We've tried so hard! And even that's interesting because his eyes are so pretty, but we can entertain ourselves and talk about endless things, which is pretty great."
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