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Even Jennifer Aniston is a people pleaser at work: “Some of the movies I’ve made, I bow my head in shame”

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Jennifer Aniston is proof that a successful career doesn't come without a few bad decisions.

In a new interview with American Harper's Bazaar, the actress talks about her lucrative career - according to Forbes she was the fifth highest paid actress in 2015 - shedding light on some of her regrets at work. 

"There was a time when I worked and worked and worked. I loved it," she says, but she's now learning the art of saying no. "I'm trying to be better at that. I'm a bit of a people pleaser. I've got to stop. Some of the movies I've made, I bow my head in slight shame over."

At 47 years old, she says she "really [has] to love something to be leaving my home, my dogs, my husband. The older you get, the more you realise that." 

With a CV seeped in hit comedies such as Friends, We're The Millers and Horrible Bosses, Aniston is ready for darker and edgier roles such as her lead part as a chronic-pain sufferer in 2014's Cake.

 "People forget who actors are. They say, 'You're too known to play that part. You can't disappear.' And we're like, 'Give us a chance. We'll disappear.'"

 "There's a steadiness, for sure, but also this desire to peel away more. You know, like 'F**k it.' " 

"You have to start taking chances in an industry that's very insecure about taking chances on people," she adds.

Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux at the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles

Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux at the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles

Aniston has just finished filming Iraq War drama The Yellow Birds, in which she plays the mother of a troubled young soldier and is also starring alongside Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis in Mother's Day which is out next month.

The famously-private star spoke briefly about her marriage to actor Justin Theroux, 44. The pair tied the knot in a secret ceremony in August last year.

"Married life is so normal and fun and not much different," she says. "We felt married for so long." 

Interviewer Laura Brown, who visited Aniston and Theroux's home for the interview observed that pictures of them and their dogs cover the walls, as do photos of Aniston with her close friends including Friends co-star Courteney Cox. 

Images: Rex Features

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