Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

'It was the most challenging part I've ever done' Watch Jennifer Aniston in new Cake trailer

cake3.jpg

The trailer for indie drama Cake, in which Jennifer Aniston is set to give her most emotional performance yet, has been released. 

The video shows the actress portraying Claire Simmons, a scathing woman addicted to pain killers after a car accident. 

She begins obsessing over a suicide victim (played by Anna Kendrick) from her support group and initiates a dubious relationship with the widower (Sam Worthington) while seeing hallucinations of his dead wife. 

Aniston, 45, is tipped for an Oscar for her role, which required her to forgo make-up, apply scars, have greasy hair and wear bulky clothing. 

The part is a significant departure from her typically lighter characters in comedies, from her long-running role as Rachel Green on Friends to big-screen appearances in Horrible Bosses and We're The Millers.

Jennifer Aniston in Cake

Jennifer Aniston in Cake

"It was the most challenging part I've ever done, and also one of the most rewarding and fulfilling. There was struggle involved," Aniston recently told American Harper's Bazaar. "You know, I don't know if I would have been able to do it five or 10 years ago. But I was ready to challenge myself." 

"I remember the first day of shooting when I had to be outside, and it was not my most appealing look, it was kind of horrific. But I had this weird freedom. Now I'm like, 'Well, it doesn't get worse than that.' You have to not care, because I was starting to feel very isolated and trapped because I didn't want someone to get a stupid picture or whatever."

The star failed to receive a nod from the Independent Spirit Awards nominations this week - usually a sign of the Academy Award contenders to come - but we'll keep our fingers crossed for her.

Watch Jennifer Aniston in Cake in the trailer below.

Video may take a few seconds to load

Related

237B776600000578-0-image-7_1416899795813.jpg

Watch Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow compete in a swear-off

Esio-Trot-First-Look-2.jpg

The must-watch TV shows and series for winter 2014-2015

rexfeatures_4242234s.jpg

Jennifer Aniston: "It's extremely important to forgive"

Comments

More

Samantha Baines: “It’s time to leave our vaginas the hell alone”

The Call the Midwife star has her say on vaginal beauty treatments

by Kayleigh Dray
26 May 2017

Ramadan: The best places to break your fast in London

These London restaurants provide late night openings and special iftar menus

26 May 2017

10-year-old survivor’s letter to Ariana Grande is beyond beautiful

“I really hope you’re not too scared”

by Kayleigh Dray
26 May 2017

It’s official: this easy email hack is guaranteed to boost read rates

Make your emails stand out in your recipient's inbox with one simple trick

by Jasmine Andersson
26 May 2017

Fathers pay more attention to daughters than sons, new study shows

Dads are also "more emotionally engaged" with girls

by Anna Brech
26 May 2017

Men are totally devastated by this women-only Wonder Woman screening

Who knew they were such big fans of Diana Prince?

by Moya Crockett
26 May 2017

Dog breaks into studio to help reporter read the news

The internet is obsessed with this live news blooper (and for good reason)

by Kayleigh Dray
26 May 2017

“Get over yourself”: gymnast hits back at stranger who judged her arms

Alexandra Raisman responds to “rude and uncomfortable” incident

by Anna Brech
26 May 2017

Fighting for their rights: the heroic teens battling period taboos

"I wasn’t allowed to comb my hair, look in the mirror, attend school, read and write."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
25 May 2017

Twitter responds to terror threat level the only way it knows how

#BritishThreatLevels showcases the self-deprecating humour we Brits seem to love

by Amy Swales
25 May 2017