After making her long-awaited Instagram debut this week, Jennifer Aniston has opened up about the importance of feeling “vulnerable” while preparing for her role in The Morning Show.
Jennifer Aniston broke the internet yesterday (15 October) after making her Instagram debut. In under 24 hours, the former Friends star has, perhaps unsurprisingly, gained more than 6.5 million followers. Her first post, a photograph of a recent Friends reunion, has over 8 million likes.
Those who are one of the 110 people that Aniston is following are no doubt counting themselves very special indeed. In fact, many celebrities have been celebrating Aniston’s arrival on Instagram with their own tributes, including her The Morning Show co-star Reece Witherspoon.
“How’s that for some morning news?!” wrote Witherspoon alongside a photo of the pair. “@jenniferaniston has joined the @instagram world and now I can finally tag her in FRIENDS memes!”
The big debut came while Aniston and Witherspoon promote their new Apple + series, which we are predicting will be excellent.
In the new comedy drama, the pair play two ambitious morning news broadcast journalists, alongside Steve Carrell who stars as a news anchor.
Describing the series, director Mimi Leder - who also directed On the Basis of Sex – said: “It’s a great show starring Jen and Reese and in many ways, it thematically follows the movie I just made, in that it deals with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and women in power.”
The show is loosely based on the book Top of the Morning, by CNN correspondent Brian Stelter, who is a consultant for the show. Witherspoon and Aniston are also exective producers alongside Kerry Ehrin, who has written the series.
Speaking at an Apple event to introduce the show earlier this year, Aniston said: “Through the prism of those under-slept, over-adrenalised people in front of and behind the camera, we take an honest look at the complex relationships between women and men in the workplace, and we engage in the conversation people are a little too afraid to have unless they’re behind closed doors.”
Aniston has now also revealed how she prepared for the role of her character, journalist Alex Levy, talking about the need to feel “vulnerable”.
“I wanted to feel vulnerable. I wanted to show the raw, the messy, the unflattering. This is a woman holding it together,” she told The Telegraph.
“One of the challenges for [my] character is the trauma and turmoil going on in her private life, and the toll that that takes on her emotionally, physically, mentally, versus the character that she is when she has to get up, put on a face and smile to America.”
Aniston also reflected on how her own personal experiences helped her relate to the role.
“I can relate to that,” she added. “Of course there are times when you don’t want anyone to see you, or you don’t want to be photographed or even go out of the house. Nothing is as it seems in a glossy magazine.”
With this in mind, we can’t wait for The Morning Show to debut on 1 November.
How to watch The Morning Show
Apple TV+ launches on 1 November (the same day that The Morning Show is released), featuring originals from the world’s greatest storytellers. Available on the Apple TV App worldwide, Apple TV+ will be £4.99 per Month with a seven-day free trial. Starting from this week, customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.
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