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.
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.
Aniston & Me
Amongst all the shows and movies Aniston was on, one remains a memorable and significant one. "Marley & Me" was released in 2008, and saw her starring alongside Owen Wilson. In this movie, Aniston plays a journalist who adopts Marley, a Labrador Retriever. The story follows their already hectic life, with the addition of bringing up a dog. Aniston's performance in this movie was praised by so many.
She delivered an emotional and heartwarming role filled with authenticity and warmth. Her remarkable performance enriched the plot and contributed tremendously to the movie's success, let alone her own career and future role in Hollywood.
From Mother and Daughter
The book “From Mother and Daughter to Friends” was an open book that held many details about what Jennifer and what she went through during her younger years. Her mother revealed private details about the therapists she used to go to and her love and passion for the theater that never resulted in anything.
Nancy wrote about the mother-daughter relationship the two shared following the devastating divorce Jennifer's parents went through and shed some light on what was going on in the Aniston family. Jennifer revealed that no matter what she did or accomplished, it was never enough for her mother. Although damaging, Jen eventually overcame the hurt caused by her mom and was able to forgive her.
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 advocates for a healthy lifestyle, she has always resented the way women in Hollywood are criticized for their weight and appearance.