That face. That body. That hair. The woman who Glamour magazine has favored as America’s most-beloved friend is sounding off about all that—and more—for the glossy’s September issue.
Jennifer Aniston, who’s making rounds with Saturday Night Live personality Jason Sudeikis to promote their new movie We’re The Millers, posed in a Narciso Rodriguez dress and Jennifer Fisher ring for the cover; and still, despite her high style and A-list status, managed to flash a smile. Photographer Alexei Hay lensed the Living Proof ambassador in Valentino and Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane for the supplementary spread, which was shot at Aniston’s Los Angeles lair before a dinner party—yes, it’ll make you feel right at home.
That inherent niceness, Sudeikis points out, is why people admire Aniston; she “take[s] care of people.” For Aniston, it’s second nature. “I love doing that,” she replied. Like she did when her maternal instincts kicked in on-set with “daughter” Emma Roberts, or when she supported Sudeikis’ fiancée Olivia Wilde after she was slammed for a straightforward speech. That innate quality especially comes out when she reveals what she would have told her younger self at different stages in her life: do your homework, be worry-free, and go to therapy would have been her mantra from her teens through her thirties. Advice that’ll surely come in handy when she has her own children (we’re predicting it!) with fiancé Justin Theroux.
Though Aniston’s Glamour cover doesn’t arrive on newsstands until August 6, we’ve got excerpts on her candid conversation, and what it’s like to be a “gal’s gal,” below.
On her email to Wilde following criticism of her 2012 monologue during Glamour‘s “These Girls” event:
That was because I felt so strongly about it, when I heard what she was going through. I was so pissed. Because I related to it—I related to that f–king feeling of people just wanting to rip down the powerful, beautiful woman who [speaks her mind]… We’re living in a time where, whether it’s the Internet or tabloids, being sh-tty has become a sport. We’re just grown-up bullies. We literally could not need to have our hearts more open than in these times.
On being happy:
You can undo a lot of things. If you’re not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That’s the thing I really feel. Like with friends who refuse to get happy, who refuse to rise above the discomfort of where they’re at.
On finding love after divorcing Brad Pitt:
You actually deserve to have a family. And once you meet yourself, and truly love yourself, then you attract that. And look—I mean, the two of us [referring to Sudeikis] have found these two, beautiful, loving, open people.