The actress talks about aging and her relationship with fiancé Justin Theroux

By Wade Rouse
November 11, 2014 09:00 AM
Credit: Melvin Sokolsky for Harper s BAZAAR

Jennifer Aniston says her 40s have been more than fabulous – they’ve provided her with incredible clarity.

“I’ve had more fun post-40 than I can remember,” says Aniston, 45, who rocks a sexy white, backless look on the cover and inside the December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which hits newsstands Nov. 25. “From a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view.”

Continues the Horrible Bosses 2 star on aging: “When am I supposed to freak out? When am I supposed to feel like, ‘Oh, my knee! Oh, ouch!’ I don t feel any of those things! … The past wasn’t ‘less than.’ It was extremely important to my growth as a woman.”

That has certainly been the case personally and professionally.

Aniston is already garnering Oscar buzz for her role as a caustic, depressed, drug-addicted woman suffering from chronic pain in Cake, and her romance with fiancé Justin Theroux is sweeter than ever.

“He’s one of the most humble, decent human beings. He’s not an ass,” Aniston says of The Leftovers star. “He’s not like some of our friends who are young and up-and-coming and they hit celebrity, and all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Oh! You’re different. Now you don’t say hi to people?’ ”

Continues Aniston: “It’s almost impossible to get bored with one another. We’ve tried so hard! And even that’s interesting because his eyes are so pretty, but we can entertain ourselves and talk about endless things, which is pretty great.”

Aniston says she knows it’s not easy to date the brand that is “Jen.”

“He’s just been doing it so graciously and gracefully, and it’s a strange ballpark to walk into,” she tells Bazaar. “He’s a pretty realized person.”

Explains Aniston: “But if you take the law of attraction, if you only love yourself 70 percent, that’s what’s going to come back to you. So you fill up that 30 percent, then all of a sudden there’s this pure, good love standing right in front of you. Then you realize, ‘Oh, this can be easy! It doesn’t have to be so hard.’ ”

And she can see that clearly now, despite eyesight that Aniston says “is s—” and perhaps the one drawback to aging.

“I don’t live to work; I really do work to live. I love my home, I love my dogs, I love my friends, I love the simplicity of watching a sunset,” says Aniston, who walks her three dogs, Dolly, Sophie and Clyde, around her Los Angeles hilltop property every morning. “There are moments when you have to stop and pinch yourself and go, ‘I’m here. I did something good.’ ”

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