Jennifer Aniston Explains Why the News Cycle Makes Her Sad

What’s better than one celebrity interview? It has to be one where a second celebrity interviews the first one! Fans got just such a treat when Sandra Bullock interviewed Jennifer Aniston for Interview Magazine.

In the resulting article, Aniston reveals a lot about her outlook on life and how she manages to stay so positive and happy despite the dramatic turns her life has sometimes taken. There is, however, one thing that can break her happy spirit, and that’s turning on the news. 

Jennifer Aniston just keeps wowing fans 

While Aniston’s arguably most famous role as Rachel on the tremendously popular sitcom Friends ended more than a decade ago, she’s managed to not only stay in the spotlight but thrive there. In addition to playing one of television’s most beloved characters, she has taken on dozens of film roles, often portraying likable and funny leading ladies. 

On top of her acting talents, Aniston also impresses fans with her positive outlook on life and her inspirational approach to living mindfully and healthfully. In fact, her workout advice comes across as down-to-earth and approachable as the star herself. With tips like lifting 8-pound weights while talking on the phone and mixing up cardio exercises to keep things interesting, she gives admirers reasonable goals focused on taking care of themselves. 

Jennifer Aniston’s love life has gotten a lot of attention

While the star has earned a well-deserved reputation as an independent woman who can take care of herself, she has had more than her fair share of heartache. Unfortunately, many of her worst relationship moments took place on the public stage. Tabloids were filled with headlines about her for years as she went through a messy divorce from Brad Pitt

Later, it seemed like Aniston had gotten a second shot at a happily ever after, but when her marriage to Justin Theroux ended after only two years, she was once again subjected to scrutiny and media speculation. While the star has also gotten a considerable amount of positive press that focuses on what a talented and inspirational actor she is, these crueler media moments have surely taken a toll. 

Turning on the news makes Jennifer Aniston sad

Jennifer Aniston attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Dumplin' at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.
Jennifer Aniston | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Perhaps being on the receiving end of so much negative press has made Aniston especially sensitive to the news stories she sees. After all, she knows better than most that there are real people with full, complete lives on the other end of those quick headlines and five-minute stories. 

When Bullock asked Aniston about what makes her sad, Aniston replied: “Turning on the television, listening to the news, reading the paper—that can make me really sad and really angry. The division that’s been taking place. The complete chaos that’s existing. When people show greed and bad behavior and a lack of gratitude. It’s so hard to put this in an eloquent way. When you see people behaving badly and hurting other people, that makes me very angry.”

It isn’t just her own experiences as an adult under media scrutiny that informs her response, though. Aniston also discussed how her childhood home life was less than ideal. Bullock points out that Aniston has “a way of pushing joy and positivity.”

Aniston responds to the compliment by discussing how she is motivated to make sure she lives a life that’s better than the one she knew as a child: “I think that it comes from growing up in a household that was destabilized and felt unsafe, watching adults being unkind to each other . . . You can either be angry or be a martyr, or you can say, ‘You’ve got lemons? Let’s make lemonade.'”