Jennifer Aniston Deconstructs Her Tour-De-Force Breakdown on ‘The Morning Show’


On “The Morning Show,” Jennifer Aniston delivers probably the greatest performances of the TV season as Alex Levy, a morning TV anchor who decides she’s lastly able to struggle the sexism that she’s endured all through her profession.

The Apple TV Plus drama escalates to a Season 1 finale cliffhanger, which has Alex coming to phrases together with her co-host Mitch Kessler’s (Steve Carell) firing over sexual harassment allegations. And ultimately, she joins forces together with her new co-host, Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), to cease the chauvinistic community president, Fred Micklen (Tom Irwin), who enabled Mitch to get away along with his conduct for thus lengthy.

In an interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue, on newsstands this week, Lisa Kudrow asked her former “Friends” co-star Aniston how she prepared for Alex’s breakdown — a tour-de-force second of performing — on “The Morning Show.”

“It was just a boiling point, and I think it was just all of the years,” Aniston stated. “And then Hannah’s death [Gugu Mbatha-Raw] happened, and then all of it kind of boiled and it just exploded, and it happened right when we were on air. I think I did sort of float out of my body and I didn’t give a shit. It was a little bit like, I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore,” Aniston stated, referencing the well-known line carried out by Peter Finch in 1976’s “Network.”

Aniston continued: “I think it’s also something about being this age, and having heard these stories over and over, over the last few years — there is such a rage that we as women are carrying, and hearing what so many women walked through and had to deal with.”

Kudrow requested if Aniston thought Alex had plenty of girls mates in her life.

“No, no, no,” Aniston stated. “She was within the boys’ membership. She jogs my memory of sort of Shirley MacLaine. It was at all times hanging out with the Rat Pack. I believe she was very decided and she or he had her household, and her work was No. 1, clearly. Also, when Bradley is available in … it’s such a love/hate. And it actually did really feel like a love story between two girls in a means.

“Women are pretty hard on women, ultimately,” Aniston stated. “That’s something that you and I have never experienced, especially when we had the luxury of shooting our show. We were just girlfriends.”

Kudrow informed Aniston that she couldn’t get sufficient of “The Morning Show.” “It’s my favorite show,” Kudrow stated. “Watched all of them the minute we could, my husband and I both. We have a hard time finding shows we can both watch together. And then it’s just so well written. It’s about something; it’s so beautifully performed. You blew me away.”

For extra from Variety‘s dialog with Aniston and Kudrow, learn our full story right here.


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