You go, girl! Jennifer Aniston teared up while talking about her insecurities during a Q&A with kids at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy on Saturday, July 23.
A girl asked the 47-year-old Friends alum if she ever woke up in the morning and did not know who she was. The question must have touched the actress, because she wiped tears from her eyes before saying that she completely relates to that feeling.
“There are not enough fingers and toes in this entire room to count how many times that moment has happened to me,” Aniston 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.’”
The Mother’s Day actress let the kids in the audience know they’re not alone and it’s normal to feel self-doubt sometimes. “And also know that your actors, your idols, your icons, whatever you call them, have all had that experience or that moment 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,” she continued. "Don’t punish yourself if you feel that. Go talk to people and seek help and always find something to inspire you.”
Aniston, who doesn’t participate in social media herself, talked about how young people shouldn’t feel as if Instagram likes are the only way to get validation. “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 breaks,” she said. “That’s why we’re not seeing the right stories being told, because everyone is stuck in their phones.”
Just weeks ago, Aniston penned an emotional essay for The Huffington Post, slamming the scrutiny women face over their bodies, marital status, pressure to have children and more. “For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” she wrote. “I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body-shaming that occurs daily.… If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”
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