In a wide-ranging cover story for Interview magazine, Aniston was asked by her longtime pal Sandra Bullock about what she hasn’t done yet that she is looking forward to doing. The Friends actress gave a surprising answer.
“It’s not so much what I see myself doing, but it’s more like a little screenshot in my brain, where I hear the ocean, I see the ocean, I hear laughter, I see kids running, I hear ice in a glass, I smell food being cooked. That’s the joyous snapshot in my head,” Jennifer said.
The actress, whose parents split when she was nine-years-old, is often asked about her desire for children. Following two childless marriages – she was married to Brad Pitt from 2000-2005 and to Justin Theroux from 2015-2017 – many fans assumed Jennifer was focused on her career and not being a mom.
Jennifer Aniston has long talked about how women today are under immense pressure to have babies by a certain age. In an interview with InStyle, Jennifer noted that if women pass a certain age and don’t have a baby, then they’re “deemed damaged goods.”
“Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?” she said.
But following her split from Theroux, Jennifer told Elle no one knows what the future holds in terms of a child and a partnership. She added that the notion of women being married and having children by a certain age is a “fairy tale.”
“And, now with science and miracles, we can do things at different times than we used to be able to,” she said.
In 2016, the actress addressed constant media speculation about her biological clock in an essay titled “I Am Not Pregnant, What I Am Is Fed Up.” In the piece published by The Huffington Post, Jennifer blasted the body shaming and gossip surrounding women who don’t follow a cookie-cutter plan for their lives.
If and when she does become a mom, Jennifer knows it will not be all laughter and running by the ocean. In the Interview piece, the former Friends star admitted that the world today is a scary place and watching the news can bring her down. She noted that parents can protect their children as much as possible, but eventually their kid is going to become an 18-year old and “they’re going to see all of it.”