Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd cover GQ March 2020. The two longtime friends and ‘Wanderlust’ co-stars sit down for a chat with the magazine and talk about their relationship that goes back a long way, their hippie experiences, major age crisis, kissing on-screen, movies they would love to do, and many more. The two have known each other since they were 21. In 1998, Rudd and Aniston co-starred in ‘The Object of My Affection’. Aniston recalls that, “The first time I saw Paul Rudd was from a distance. I was living in Laurel Canyon, and my friend, who’s now my producing partner, Kristin Hahn, lived in a house across the way. And Paul came to pick her up on a first date.”
In ‘Wanderlust’ (watch movie trailer below), their couple take refuge on a hippie commune down south. On her hippie experiences, the actress says that, “In Laurel Canyon, we were very familiar with hippies. I mean, I bathed. But I also wouldn’t call myself a Beverly Hills person in any way. I was a more earthy girl for sure.” As for Paul, he admits that, “In my freshman year of college, I started growing my hair long. I thought, it’ll be kind of cool to be crunchy. But that was pretty short-lived. And that kind of morphed into wearing thrift-store clothes – the next step of hippiedom. I got very poetic about it: ‘Clothes should be transitory, man. We should pass them on to others…’ Then somebody older than me said, ‘Oh God, I would never go in a thrift store. I don’t want to wear pants that somebody else has farted in.’ It was like a thunderbolt. I thought, you know what? I don’t want to, either! And that was it.”
On relationships and marriage, Aniston says that, “It’s a growing, literally living thing. There’s going to be growing pains, there’s going to be awkward moments – your lanky phase, your pimpled phase. I think that’s the beauty of a relationship. But if the road starts to… and one person is growing this way and the other is growing that way… Sometimes that can happen and you can stay together, and sometimes you can’t.” Speaking about being the “walking definition of ‘husband material,’” Rudd told GQ that, “I think if my wife was at this table right now, she’d do a spit take.”
On movies she would want to do, Jennifer confesses that, “Ugh. I have no desire to do a Shakespearean movie. Action would be fun, though you don’t want to be in front of a screen going, [feigns seeing something large coming at her] ‘Ohhh, s***!!!”
Both Aniston and Rudd recently passed 40. On whether she faced major crisis, the actress says that, “Forty’s great! Oh, my God, my thirties blew! Forties are great!”
Jennifer, who bought an apartment in New York, also speaks about tabloids and photographers standing outside every day. “I bought an apartment, but I didn’t buy the right apartment. There were photographers outside every day. To the point of embarrassment,” the actress says. And even though she has been living with it for a long time, Aniston still tries to accept the situation. “I have. I’m still trying really hard to be friends with it. It’s just a weird time, I think. The tabloids, instead of being about alien babies and stuff, it’s my triplets, quadruplets, marriages, feuds…, she told GQ.
Recently, tabloids trumpeted the rumour that Jennifer Aniston was pregnant with twins by Justin Theroux. “I’m not having triplets. Not having twins. Nor am I having one baby. [lifts up sweater and gestures to belly; it appears flat] I did not elope,” she says.
On how the twins rumour started, Aniston told GQ that, “Well, I recently quit smoking, and you do put on some extra pounds. It makes a difference, especially if you’re not 20. I think people maybe want me to have a kid now.” She than adds that, “I still kind of go with, if it happens, it happens. I’m calm and peaceful with whatever the plan is. It’s not something where I’m going, ‘I gotta have a kid!’”
But does she feel annoyed by the fact that marriage and pregnancy are considered as being an essential part of her narrative? In the interview with the magazine, Aniston confesses that, “Part of the picture-perfect life? I think that’s sort of cliché, isn’t it? Like, if you want to be happy, you should have the house, the husband, the kids… Kids are messy!”
Read Aniston and Rudd’s full interview in the March 2020 issue of GQ Magazine.