Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, co-stars in the upcoming Wanderlust, are America’s most famous new fake couple. Paulifer (or perhaps Anirudd?) have known each other longer than we’ve known them, and their chemistry is evident. In a recent conversation with GQ, they seamlessly hop from their on-screen make-out past to their satisfaction with their forties, to the awkward time Paul ran over Jen’s toe riding a Segway on the Friends set, to (naturally) addressing Jen’s pregnancy rumors.
Jennifer Aniston on pregnancy rumors...
“I’m not having triplets. Not having twins. Nor am I having one baby. I did not elope... You heard it here. I’m not knocked up now.”
Jennifer Aniston & Paul Rudd on whether—being they’re such longtime friends—it’s weird to kiss on-screen...
Jennifer: “Nah. I’ve kissed him for years.”
Paul: “We’ve made out for decades.”
Their new film, Wanderlust, is about a marriage at a turning point. Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd on whether any of the issues in the film resonated with them...
Paul: “I think most marriages, mine included, you’re constantly tending the garden, constantly working at it.”
Jennifer: “It’s a growing, literally living thing. There’s going to be growing pains, there’s going to be awkward moments—your lanky phase, your pimpled phase. I think that’s the beauty of a relationship. But if the road starts to…”
Jennifer: “…and one person is growing this way and the other is growing that way… Sometimes that can happen and you can stay together, and sometimes you can’t.”
Jennifer Aniston & Paul Rudd on their own Wanderlust-like hippie experiences...
Jennifer: “In Laurel Canyon, we were very familiar with hippies. I mean, I bathed. But I also wouldn’t call myself a Beverly Hills person in any way. I was a more earthy girl for sure.”
Paul: “In my freshman year of college, I started growing my hair long. I thought, It’ll be kind of cool to be crunchy. But that was pretty short-lived. And that kind of morphed into wearing thrift-store clothes—the next step of hippiedom. I got very poetic about it: ‘Clothes should be transitory, man. We should pass them on to others.…’ Then somebody older than me said, ‘Oh God, I would never go in a thrift store. I don’t want to wear pants that somebody else has farted in.’ It was like a thunderbolt. I thought, You know what? I don’t want to, either! And that was it.”
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