Jennifer Aniston on being a 'badass' after 'Friends'

Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:14pm EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After playing sitcom sweetheart Rachel Green in long-running television comedy "Friends" for 10 years, Jennifer Aniston has spent the last decade looking for roles where she can "kick some ass."

In "Life of Crime," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, Aniston taps into a 1970s Detroit trophy wife and socialite, Mickey Dawson, who finds herself held for ransom while her cheating husband debates whether to pay for her release.

Aniston, 45, talked to Reuters about the excitement of being in a caper comedy, playing strong female characters and the "Friends" phenomenon 10 years after it concluded its run.

Q: What resonated with you about the character of Mickey?

A: It was such fun, as any Elmore Leonard-adapted screenplay you would imagine would be, and her character's arc was so awesome. It's so rare that you get to find women especially in an ensemble piece that actually have so much to do and have such a great beginning and an ending, so I was just right up for it from the get-go.

Q: How did you connect with her initial passiveness at her crumbling marriage?

A: I was a kid in the seventies, and women were stuck in unhappy situations that they didn't know how to get out of, not like today where if something smells even a little bit bad, it's like 'I'm high-tailing it out of here.' So I really loved how her character was written and she was actually a badass.   Continued...

 
Actress Jennifer Aniston arrives at the season premiere of HBO's "The Leftovers" in New York June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly