Jennifer Aniston Talks “Living Proof” at WWD’s Beauty CEO Summit
“This is the way God created me,” Aniston said with a chuckle as she addressed the executives gathered here for WWD’s Beauty CEO Summit. While her usual blonde is likely to soon return, Aniston, clad in a gray Dior dress and Christian Louboutin pumps, relaxed in her chair onstage as she noted that the reappearance of the medium-brown shade she had growing up was the result of her serious role in 2015’s “Cake,” in which she stars as Claire Simmons, who is trying to get her life back in order after a serious accident. Aniston also executive produced the film, which she wrapped Wednesday.
The hair might have been different, but Aniston’s signature smile was firmly in place as she discussed her role with Living Proof in front of an audience of the beauty world’s heavy hitters.
The actress, who bought into the Boston-based hair-care brand in 2012, isn’t a mere silent partner: she helps to oversee hair-care brand development and creative marketing direction for the hair products. She also collaborates with the company’s hairstylists and scientists on new hair-care product ideas.
“Who doesn’t want to have equity, especially at a company that is in its beginning stages?” said Aniston, who said she was eager to be a partner, rather than a face, of a brand, and is in fact still eager to expand her beauty repertoire. She described the Living Proof gig as “a great start.”
“It’s a wonderful product line that I believe in and which makes a difference to so many people — it lives up to its name,” Aniston continued. “And it’s fun to be involved creatively from concept to execution, sharing my ideas. After spending 25-plus years in makeup and hair, you learn what works and what doesn’t work, what damages your hair — what you have to mix five products together to achieve. And [in my Living Proof] role I have all these men in white lab coats where I can throw out ideas.”
The first project Aniston worked on as an owner was the newly released Perfect Hair Day range, which includes shampoo, conditioner and styling products.
Aniston likens the Living Proof experience to “like me evolving from simply an actor for hire to producing and directing. You have the ability to be part of something from the ground up. I geeked out at the MIT labs.”
She admits that she sometimes has to laugh when people look up to her as a hair icon, as she “hated” her hair growing up, lamenting its texture and its unwillingness to cooperate with styling efforts. “I always had problem hair,” she said. “But I sat in enough chairs of these amazing creators and learned how to manage it.”
While Aniston repeatedly praised longtime friend and stylist Chris McMillen, whom she has brought into the Living Proof fold as an adviser and stylist educator, she made it crystal clear what she thought of the “Rachel” cut, named for her “Friends” character. Reportedly, it was inspired by a cut done by famed hairstylist Ward Stegerhoek, a founder of Living Proof who still works with the company in product development.
“It existed? So this is [Stegerhoek’s] fault,” Aniston said of what was arguably the most-copied haircut of the Nineties. (A now-sober McMillen once famously admitted that he was stoned when he created the “Rachel” cut.) The audience laughed loudly at the sentiment as McMillen grinned.
Aniston’s favorite hairstyle? She demurred — saying that it’s easier for her “know what I don’t like.” But she named the beachy-tousled, shoulder-length look in 2004’s “Along Came Polly” as one favorite.
Best business advice she’s been given? Aniston is succinct: “Learn the power of how to say no.”
Any heroes? “Gloria Steinem. I’ve known her for years. She’s just been a wonderful inspiration for me over the years.”
Aniston’s fame has greatly benefited Living Proof, said Jill Beraud, the company’s chief executive officer. “Our biggest challenge when I joined the company was how to make it better-known,” she said. “Obviously, with Jennifer’s iconic status, she put a spotlight on the brand. And we didn’t just want a spokesperson. What we love about Jen is that she’s so entrepreneurial and she’s a great collaborator, so we had the same goals. She has amazing product ideas and suggestions about marketing and package design. More and more, consumers really do care about what’s behind a brand, who’s standing behind it. There is an awareness that Jen is a co-owner, and that authenticity adds to the brand’s credibility.”
And the company is positioned to continue its innovating ways. In addition to Aniston’s capital, Living Proof inked a $75 million deal in January with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. for an innovative polymer film technology. The creation, Strateris, is a proprietary cross-linking, breathable, flexible film that can be used a variety of beauty products, including skin care and color cosmetics, said Beraud.
While neither Aniston nor Beraud would discuss the size of the business, industry sources estimated that Living Proof’s sales were about $100 million in 2013.
Jennifer Aniston’s “Mean Moms” Set for May 8, 2015
New Line has dated “Mean Moms” for May 8, 2015, a week after Disney opens “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star in “Mean Moms” with veteran TV director Beth McCarthy-Miller helming. Project was set up in 2010 with Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Jill Messick producing for New Line.
“Mean Moms” and Paramount’s 2004 comedy “Mean Girls” are both adapted from advice books for parents penned by Rosalind Wiseman.
The writing team of Sean Anders and John Morris are rewriting “Mean Moms,” which will focus on a happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high-class suburbs and faces the cutthroat world of competitive parenting.
New Line has also set romantic comedy “How to Be Single” for Feb. 12, 2016. Lily Collins is in talks to star and Christian Ditter is attached to direct.
“How to Be Single” is the third title to land on the date following Lionsgate’s “Gods of Egypt” and Universal’s untitled animated Pets project.
Jennifer Aniston In Talks for “Mean Moms”
After successful collaborations with New Line on the hit comedies “Horrible Bosses” and “We’re the Millers,” Jennifer Aniston is in early talks to star in the studio’s upcoming movie “Mean Moms,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
New Line had no comment, while a representative for Aniston didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Beth McCarthy-Miller is directing the adaptation of Rosalind Wiseman’s advice book, though New Line has not given the movie an official greenlight yet. Should Aniston’s deal close, the project is expected to move forward quickly.
The adult-themed comedy is in the spirit of “Mean Girls,” and while it is not a sequel in any way, both projects are based on advice books by Wiseman. ”Mean Moms” is based on “Queen Bee Moms and King Pin Dads: Dealing With the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future,” while “Mean Girls” is based on “Queen Bees and Wannabes.”
“Mean Moms” follows a happily married mother of two who moves from a small town to the high class suburbs where she is faced with confronting the cutthroat world of competitive parenting.
Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are producing through their Offspring Entertainment banner along with Jill Messick, who brought the project to Offspring before it landed at New Line.
Aniston is coming off New Line’s “Horrible Bosses” sequel, which hits theaters in November. The first film grossed $209 million worldwide, while New Line’s “We’re the Millers” was the surprise hit of summer 2013, grossing $269 million worldwide. The “Friends” veteran next stars in Dan Schechter’s Elmore Leonard adaptation “Life of Crime” and Peter Bogdanovich’s showbiz comedy “Squirrels to the Nuts.” She’s repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Craig Jacobson.
Jennifer Aniston Shares Her Health and Beauty Secrets with “Self”
The food I love so much that if I dropped it on the floor, I’d eat it anyway is a nacho. I fry the chips myself. Just take a tortilla, cut it into triangles, and throw ‘em in coconut oil.
My ultimate stress reliever is exercise! And actually meditation. I do that for 20 minutes every day.
The one song that gets me moving without fail is “White Lines,” that old rap song. I made a playlist of all those awesome songs from Jimmy Fallon’s “History of Rap.”
My postworkout beauty ritual is wiping my skin. I always use Aveeno [she's a spokeswoman] Ultra Calming Wipes—they’re easy if you aren’t near a sink.
If I could trade bodies with one person for 24 hours, I’d pick Would I really want to give it back? I’d love to be able to ski like a crazy person, like Lindsey Vonn. Then I’d also like to have Gisele’s body, just ‘cuz, why not?
I know I can beat anyone in Concentration. That’s a good game. And Rock Mahjong! When I had a Megatouch—it’s a wonderful machine with over 100 games—I played that too much. And also Castle Bandits! OK, next question.
No one knows that I can make a great Bloody Mary. It’s actually just Mr. & Mrs. T Bloody Mary Mix! It’s very trailer trash. But it’s the amount of lime, a splash of olive juice and a couple of other secrets I can’t give away.
It’s Sunday morning at 11 a.m. You’ll find me having eggs and a bagel and reading the paper. I start with the front page, then the travel section, arts and leisure or the calendar. How I take my eggs depends on my mood. But I always throw a yolk in there—the yolk’s got a bad rap.
If you want to make me smile There are so many ways. Show me puppy videos. Cute puppy videos.
If yoga didn’t exist, I’d invent it.
When I need extra motivation, I tell myself just do it. You can do anything for an hour.
Before I go to bed, I always wash my face and brush my teeth. I use a mild-scented Aveeno cleanser—I’m not a big scents person—and brush my teeth.
If I had to give up Mexican food for a year or post a selfie on Instagram for a year I’d definitely give up Mexican food for a year. I don’t have Instagram. And I’m not a fan of selfies. I don’t understand them. I feel like there’s enough out there, why add to it?
I’m dying to try India. I wanna explore it.
My world. My rules. I would command everyone to do so many things! Be kind. Oh, I would command everyone to stop buying tabloids! I would command everyone to stop violence.
My friends know that they’ll drive me crazy if they sing along to music! Oh my God, I hate it. I like to hear the song—don’t sing it. Please! I’d record you to sing it if I wanted to hear you sing it.
My guilty pleasure is I have to say, The Voice and America’s Got Talent. The auditions really kind of are fabulous.
If I programmed my own TV network, it would air good news! Just positive stories. Heroic stories. Cute puppy dogs doin’ stuff. Great television shows. I’d bring back all the great television shows from the 70′s. Put Taxi back on the air. Things to make you smile.
Jennifer Aniston Interviews Gloria Steinem at THE MAKERS Conference 2014
Typically, Jennifer Aniston is the one answering the questions, but on Monday, the tables were turned for the actress when she was asked to interview Gloria Steinem.
E! News has exclusively learned the 45-year-old beauty recently participated in THE MAKERS Conference, a two-day event held at Terranea Resort and Spa in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., where 50 of the most innovative and impactful women across varying fields gather to discuss the evolution of the women’s movement.
On Monday evening, Jane Lynch, Marlo Thomas, Sheryl Sandberg and Martha Stewart took their seats in the front row at the small venue, which seated about 100 people, trying to blend into the crowd in order to let the spotlight shine on longtime activist Gloria Steinem.
Kara Swisher of Revere Digital served as the emcee of evening, introducing Aniston in a nonchalant manner before the former Friend took the stage.
The Horrible Bosses star looked flawless in an all-black ensemble, sporting a form-fitting tank, slacks and four-inch peep-toe pumps. She added gold accessories to her classy look, wearing thin gold-framed eye glasses and a long gold chain necklace.
As for her signature locks? Aniston’s hair appeared freshly cut and extension free as the actress rocked a cute bob style.
Justin Theroux’s other half opened by saying, “I don’t do this, I’m an actress” as if to imply she had no idea how to conduct an interview although her poised and confidant demeanor could’ve fooled the entire crowd.
She furthered, “When Makers reached out to me, and when I found out who I’d be interviewing, I of course had to accept.”
The two women bonded over their feminist values and Aniston appeared authentically interested in every word Gloria was saying. At certain points during the interview, she even stopped and asked Gloria to explain things further.
“Being in the public eye, us women come up against this, that our value and worth is dependent on our marital status and or if we’ve procreated,” Aniston said.
“Well, I guess we’re in deep s–t!” Gloria replied laughingly.
To which Aniston echoed, “Well, that’s what I thought, we are in deep s–t!”
Jennifer also applauded Steinem for her efforts, “I thank you and honor you for raising women to have a strong voice,” she said.
Gloria described herself as a “hope-aholic,” which generated a smile from Jen, who exclaimed, “I like that!”
The interview lasted about 20 minutes and all questions were directed at Gloria.
After the interview was over, Aniston gave Gloria a hug and immediately exited the stage.
In addition to the interview, a short video was played at the conference which explained what feminism is about, with the theme being, how can one not be a feminist?
In the inspirational clip, Alicia Keys, Chelsea Handler, Oprah Winfrey, Margret Cho, Katie Couric, and Sara Silverman [all self-proclaimed "makers" a term coined by the organization] expressed what feminism meant to them.
MAKERS is a digital platform for women to showcase their experiences through story, founded by Dyllan McGee and developed by AOL and PBS.
Jennifer Aniston Talks Courteney Cox Friendship: “She’s Been There for Me Through Thick and Thin”
Best Friends forever!
In the February 2014 issue of More, Jennifer Aniston praises cover girl Courteney Cox for being a grounding force in her life. “There’s absolutely no judgment in Court,” Aniston, 44, tells the magazine. “You’ll never feel scolded. She’s extremely fair, ridiculously loyal and fiercely loving.”
Cox provided comfort for the actress during some of the more difficult chapters of her life. “I’ve slept in her guest bedroom a lot,” Aniston admits, though she declines to go into specifics. “Without giving away too much of my private stuff, all I can say is she’s been there for me through thick and thin.”
Lisa Kudrow has similarly kind words for Cox, 49. “There’s no agenda. There’s no guile. There’s no game. You can trust her completely and fully,” she says. “Whether I see Courteney every week or once a year, it doesn’t matter. I know who she is, and I know where I stand.”
Aniston and Cox have been in each other’s lives since Friends premiered on NBC in 1994. Though the show ended after 10 seasons, their professional relationship endured. In the past seven years, Aniston guest starred in Cox’s FX drama Dirt and her ABC sitcom Cougar Town (which has since moved to TBS).
Though the BFFs teamed up with Matthew Perry for a scripted bit on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May 2013, a full-fledged Friends reunion seems unlikely. “Doing that little bit with Matty and Court yesterday was…we were very nostalgic and miss working together,” Aniston admitted to host Ellen DeGeneres. “We miss each other, and it’s a great thing to go back to your family like that.”
Matt LeBlanc Talks “Friends” 10-Year Anniversary, Jennifer Aniston’s Wedding
Believe it or not, it’s been 10 years this year since Friends went off the air in one of the most-watch TV finales of all time. So, will the cast of the best-loved sitcom of all time reunite somehow to celebrate?
Mr. Joey Tribbiani himself, Matt LeBlanc, hit the 2014 Winter TCA Press Tour today to promote the upcoming fourth season of his Showtime series Episodes, and opened up about how Friends changed his life forever, how much he sees the cast, his own real-life “modern family,” and his current TV obsession…
Any plans to get together to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Friends finale?
Not that I know of. If there are, they haven’t called me. [laughs]
Maybe at Jennifer Aniston’s wedding? Are you going?
I don’t know. We’ll see. I don’t think they have the date set yet.
Do you guys still all see each other?
A little bit, here and there. I mean, everyone’s so busy working doing their thing. It’s kind of hard.
Allison Williams Admires Jennifer Aniston’s Fashion Sense
Count Allison Williams as a member of the Jennifer Aniston fan club. Especially when it comes to fashion.
The Girls star, who graces one of four separate Elle covers for its new Women in TV issue, expresses her admiration for her fellow actress while chatting about how she dresses for the red carpet.
“I wanted to establish a baseline: Here’s what I look like, I have long brown hair, I wear this kind of dress, this is the deal. You can count on it!” Williams tells the magazine. “Look at Jennifer Aniston: she’s America’s sweetheart for a reason. You know what she’s going to look like when she shows up to something, and there’s something so comfortable in that.”
Williams also reveals that, when it comes to her career, she’s interested in doing anything and everything.
“I want to play a villain. I want to play a romantic heroine. I want to play someone who’s on heroin. There’s nothing I don’t want to do. I want to play a guy at some point,” the 26-year-old says.
She adds, “I’ll gain 100 pounds, I’ll cut my hair off, I’ll do whatever. I’m not precious about any of it.”
Meanwhile, the third season of Girls premieres Sunday, Jan. 12 on HBO.
Jennifer Aniston Did Not Shave Her Head!
Jennifer Aniston has NOT shaved her hair off despite a fake Facebook post that has spread across social media.
The photo that features her “bald head” is actually a photoshopped image from 2006 when she was attending the premiere of her movie Friends with Money.
The image was initially created for a website’s April Fools prank this year, but now has spread after someone said she shaved her head in support of a niece of hers who supposedly has cancer.
“It’s nonsense and I am not aware of any niece with cancer,” Jennifer‘s rep told JustJared.com.
Jennifer happened to change her hairstyle recently, but went for a short bob ‘do rather than a full buzz cut.
Jennifer Aniston: ‘My 30s Were My Awkward Phase’
There’s no question that Jennifer Aniston has a great head of hair — no matter the style — so it makes sense that she’s signed on as a co-owner of Living Proof, a beauty company that uses scientific solutions from MIT to answer hair problems.
The actress, 44, talked to Parade about her latest business venture, turning 45, her hair idols, and more.
Tell me about your involvement with Living Proof.
“Other hair companies have approached me before, but I didn’t just want to be a face of a brand. So I used it for a couple of months and gave a bunch to Chris [her longtime hairstylist Chris McMillan] for him to use at the salon. It happened to be at the time when I was in North Carolina filming [We’re the Millers] and it was like 100 percent humidity, so I used the frizz products at first, and I was really impressed. It’s a new company and they’re eager and exciting and they let me be involved in the smells and new product ideas.”
Have you had a favorite hairstyle through the years?
“Well, that’s a good question because I just chopped it all off! I’m loving it right now. It’s right below my ear. I went short! But I do that every couple of years. It’s just nice to do something different. We were at a photo shoot the other day and I just said let’s chop it off! It was one of those moments. I love doing something different and changing it up, but at the end of the day, I’m a lover of long hair. I just think it’s beautiful. I would have to say that’s my go-to fave.”
Lots of women envy your hair, but do you ever have hair envy?
“I think Giselle [Bundchen] has exquisite hair. That’s a pretty envious head of hair! And I love Kate Moss. She always has great hair.”
What’s your style and beauty routine when you’re just hanging at home?
“There’s barely any style! The beauty routine is the same: I wash my face, I brush my teeth, and I jump in the shower. I have my little products I’ve used since I’ve been in my 20s, which is basically my Aveeno body moisturizer and I’ll put some serums in my hair because I try not to wash it every day. I will usually just sort of wet my hair and reshape it. And I put on sunscreen and no makeup. I usually put my jeans on and a T-shirt. I’m a sweats and UGGs girl. Very casual.”
When do you feel most beautiful?
“I feel most beautiful when I’m just at home with [fiance] Justin Theroux in the morning. Or any time of day I’m with him.”
You throw a Christmas tree-trimming party every year. With the holidays coming up, can you share your favorite “hostess with the mostess” tips?
“There’s usually three different kinds of chili at the tree-trimming party. There’s a vegetarian chili, a turkey chili and a good ol’ beef chili. I can’t honestly say I make that, but I do make some Rice Krispies treats and hot chocolate. My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music! We usually put on the Charlie Brown Christmas album. That’s my favorite. And then we’ll go to Bing Crosby and stuff like that — old school — Frank Sinatra.”
Late at night when you’re flipping through the channels and come across Friends, do you watch?
“I actually will always stop and watch, not for the whole thing, but usually because I’ve forgotten a lot of the episodes. It’s sort of fun for a second, I’m like, what’s this one? And sometimes it comes back to me. I always know what year it was by what length my hair was or what color.”
There are always so many rumors and reports surrounding you, but what do you want your real fans to know about your life right now?
“My life is so fantastic. I’m so happy. There are a lot of exciting things that I’m excited about doing. We’re about to do a sequel to Horrible Bosses, which is such a fun character for me. And I think I’m going to try at some point next year to direct a full-length feature, which I’m extremely excited about. I’m just so happy and I’m grateful for my fans. I just hope I keep doing work that they love.”
What’s it like knowing your fans want so many good things for you?
“I think it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s a give and take. You have the fans because you’re doing something that they’re entertained by. I think it’s a beautiful exchange.”
What’s something about you that would surprise people?
“Well, I love the science channel. Have you ever watched NOVA? Those are always really fun. When I was a kid, my dad and I would literally watch surgeries. I could easily watch all those kinds of science shows: body trauma, life in the ER, all of that stuff. I just find really interesting. Maybe it’s because my dad was going to be a doctor at one point.”
Did you ever think you wanted to become a doctor?
“Maybe I did! I used to love hospitals. That’s another weird thing about me. I remember when my grandmother — so sweet, God rest her soul — was in the hospital, I always loved visiting her there. Very morbid memory! Most people hate hospitals. And I’m not a big fan of them now, but there was something about it for me back then.”
You’ll be 45 in February. What do you know now that you didn’t at 25?
“That there’s nothing to worry about — although I don’t think I had a care in the world at 25, either. That all started in my 30s, my awkward phase. I’m a little bit of a late bloomer! But it doesn’t matter to me because it just gets better. They do say youth is wasted on the young, but I feel just as youthful now — if not more — than I did when I was 25. I’m more in my body; I’m more in my mind. Life is full. Life is wonderful. We’re very, very fortunate.”