How Jennifer Aniston Transformed from Horrible Boss to Cake's Painkiller Addict
Jennifer Aniston is known for being one of our favorite Friends and a sex-crazed dentist in the Horrible Bosses movies, but it’s her dark turn as chronic pain sufferer Claire Bennett in Cake that’s garnering her early Oscar buzz.
Aniston, 45, was committed to everything about the role from the first time she sat down with the film’s director, Daniel Barnz.
“I said to him, ‘I have a whole plan.’ And he allowed me to go where I wanted to go, and we were together every step of the way,” she told the audience during a Q&A following the American Cinematheque screening of Cake, moderated by her close friend and Horrible Bosses 2 costar Jason Bateman.
“Well, first it was just understanding the logistics: what the accident was, where did the pain exist, what was the injury … getting into her voice, into her body,” she revealed.
Even when she wasn’t filming, it was difficult for her to let go of her character.
“I mean, I kind of was in that place for the five weeks we were shooting,” Aniston continued.
Being such close pals, Bateman couldn’t resist jumping in with a witty remark – “Poor Justin.” Luckily, the darkness of Aniston’s role didn’t affect the couple, because fiancé Justin Theroux was going through a similar process on the opposite side of the country.
“He was thankfully shooting his happy show, The Leftovers, on the East Coast, so we were both just real happy campers,” she joked.
It may seem like Aniston has conquered it all, but when asked by the audience if there was any role she hasn’t played that she’d still like to tackle, she had an immediate response.
“I want to be a superhero,” Aniston declared.
While no superhero movie is in the works (yet!), Aniston has been busy promoting Horrible Bosses 2 with Bateman. When the audience asked Aniston what it was like to work with the Arrested Development funnyman and the rest of the cast, Bateman was curious to know the answer too.
“This is a great question,” he responded.
Instead of a funny answer, Aniston gave a heartfelt response. “I had the time of my life. Honestly, it was like Christmas came early.”
Before Aniston could get too sappy, Bateman cut her off returning the praise and giving parents a warning.
“She’s so funny in the second one. I mean she was great in the first one, but, as a result, we said, ‘Well, let’s get more of Jen in the second one.’ Don’t take your kids to the second one.”