By Sandy Cohen
AP Entertainment Writer
Despite spending near- ly half her life under the glare of cameras, Jennifer Aniston admits she’s still not used to the baggage that comes with it, from paparazzi to the tabloid headlines.
“All that stuff, it’s toxic,” says the actress. “It never gets un-jarring, but you do have to not let it imprison you, which is possible, too.”
Looking chic but laid back in a ponytail, dark-rimmed glasses and a slim black blazer, Aniston chatted about challenging herself in her career, a possible sequel to last year’s “We’re the Millers,” her fiance, Justin Theroux, and turning 45.
Q. You’re a beauty pitchwoman. What’s the weirdest beauty regimen you’ve tried?
A. I don’t go out too crazy. You mean like did I ever put leeches on my face? ... The closest I’ll ever go is a derma-roller. Google it — it’s great.
Q. You’re doing a sequel to “Horrible Bosses.” Any other characters from your past you’d like to revisit?
A. I think Rose and the Millers would be fun, to kind of see where that’s going to go, and I know we’re probably going to do another one of those.
Q. You recently celebrated your 45th birthday. Do you pause to reflect on such milestones?
A. I guess it is a milestone. I really try not to focus on it too much, to be honest. Society focuses on it way more than we need to. I think it’s always important to reflect anyway, no matter what age you’re approaching or what milestone is in front of you. Reflection should be almost a daily thing if possible. Because I was never a ‘where do you see yourself in five years’ person. I had no idea, and I didn’t have a checklist, which really creates a lot less stress in your life.
Q. Is that harder or easier when you’re in the spotlight?
A. You just have to work really hard to tune out the noise and the static. Because it gets louder, and people really have an opinion, and you don’t want to shy away from taking chances for fear of what people will say, or living in the wreckage of the future (of) what may be if I do this.
Q. You’re producing and starring in the upcoming drama “Cake.” How interested are you in more work behind the camera?
A. It’s almost more interesting. I think there’s something so wonderful about being part of the process from the seed of the idea to seeing it come to life on a screen. And to have a hand in that creatively, not just showing up as an actor for hire.
Q. Will you write and direct?
A. I can’t write. I would love to. I don’t really have an interest in it, to be honest. I’ll leave that to my fiance.
Q. At this point, do you just laugh off all the speculation about your wedding and your future?
A. It’s on a level that I don’t even understand. It’s weird. I think because we are so normal. We’re very non-fabulous in any way. They try to create all sorts of narratives to go with a very normal, wonderful life that’s just two people loving each other and living life and working and doing the best they can.
Q. Does it detract from that joy at all?
A. Oh, God no. If it did, I would be dead.