Jen has admitted to having dyslexia and struggling with it as a child in school. However, she didn’t realize she was dyslexic until she was diagnosed in her early twenties. Finally, her past struggles made sense although the psychological damage was done. “I thought I wasn’t smart”, she confessed. “I just couldn’t retain anything”.
She’s further admitted that reading actually is not one of her preferred pastimes because of her dyslexia. This could present challenges for an actress who needs to learn scripts. But this learning disability was another struggle Jen overcame before she even knew what it was.
The Early Years Were Tough
The public knows Jennifer Aniston as the glamorous, likable, humorous, and beautiful celebrity she is today but the early years weren’t always so easy for the actress. Jen said she was on the chubby side and was bullied in school.
She seems so down-to-earth today because she did not forget where she came from. Although she is the daughter of famous actor John Aniston, Jen still earned her allowance by doing chores like cleaning toilets and later worked as a waitress. She learned the value of hard work and shed off any awkwardness. Her bullies must be speechless today!
Her Very First Role
Of course, almost everyone knows Jennifer Aniston from “Friends” but who can forget her in “The Object of My Affection”, “Marley and Me”, “Friends with Money” and loads more?
But her very first time on-screen was actually an uncredited role in the film “Mac and Me” where she played a dancer at Mcdonald's. She admitted that her most embarrassing role was in the bizarre horror movie “Leprechaun” where she played the teenager who discovers an evil leprechaun living in her basement. Perhaps not her luckiest role, but clearly it only got better from there for Jen’s career.
Jen has always seemed to have a lovely relationship with her father, the late John Aniston, but her relationship with her mother, Nancy Dow was quite strained. Dow was an actress and former model who, according to Jen, had high, superficial expectations for her daughter. She has stated that her mother “was very critical” of her and that she held “petty” grudges.
Their relationship disintegrated further after Dow released a book titled “From Mother and Daughter to Friends” and gave an interview in which she was critical of her daughter. Although damaging, Jen eventually overcame the hurt caused by her mom.
The Pressure of the Spotlight
Jen admitted to being bullied as a kid for her weight and, unfortunately, the scrutiny of the public eye wouldn’t end there. Early on in her career and before entering into her years on-set in “Friends”, the young actress was told to lose around 30 pounds. She was even told she wasn’t landing roles because she was “too heavy”.
She went on to lose said pounds and, although she has been in fantastic shape ever since and advocating for a healthy lifestyle, she has always resented the way women in Hollywood are criticized for their weight and appearance.