"I never imagined my life would be what it is
today." Candid talk about the trials of
fame, our obsession with [her] weight, and the guilty pleasure she
shares with her hubby.
Redbook: Your life is so dramatically different now than it was
10 years ago. How are you different?
Jennifer: My life hasn't really changed all that much, when you
really get down to it. I mean, yeah, 10 years ago I wasn't a famous
person, and my privacy didn't need to be protected as much as it
is now; but my day-to-day life is not that different. I still have
a lot of the same friends and they are very important to me. My
schedule is much busier than it used to be and there are a lot of
demands on my time but I now have some help to handle it.
What's your secret to balancing the busy life you lead?
It's hard but I'm no different than everyone else in this world.
Everyone tries to balance the various parts of their lives - work,
friends, family. There is no secret, because balancing one's life
is a work in progress. You always have to pay attention to the important
things and try not to get involved in the superficial things that
don't add quality to your life.
How do you deal with stress?
That's a hard question, because stress is all around you and
very hard to ignore. When things get hurried and rushed, I like
to quiet my mind and take things one at a time. Easier said than
done, but I try.
What was it like planning such a big wedding?
I had heard all the crazy things that happen to you when you
plan a wedding, and although we had some last minute logistical
things go awry I've got to say that the whole experience was an
What's the most amazing thing about being married? What's the most
The most amazing thing is that now you have a partner in everything
you do. It's a real gift when you find someone to share your life
with. The most unexpected? Not sure about that - get back to me
when I have a few years of marriage under my belt!
Now that Friends has wrapped for the season, what current
projects are you most excited about?
I am really excited about everyone getting to see Rock Star this summer. Making the movie was a really wild experience, and
I have always been a real fan of heavy metal. I also just finished
a small independent film called The Good Girl, directed by Miguel
Artera, who also directed Chuck & Buck as well as Star Maps.
This movie is a real departure from what I have done, and I was
challenged by the dark nature of it. Although is has some really
funny moments, my character has a lot of difficult choices to make.
Rock Star is a big-budget studio film. Why did you choose
to do The Good Girl, a smaller, independent film, next?
The story was something I wanted to be a part of telling, and
the character was so multidimensional that is was impossible for
me to say no. The budget isn't something that plays a large role
in whether I do a film. The story, director, and other actors are
what I look for.
Tell us about a role you'd like to play that would surprise everyone.
It's hard to think of a specific role, but what I want is to
challenge myself all the time. When I started working on The Good
Girl, I was terrified that I was in over my head with the role.
She is just so different from anything I've played before, and she
goes through some tough times. Then you take on the role and discover
that there are parts of you that are up to the challenge, and it
winds up fulfilling you creatively.
People may be surprised to know that you sculpt and paint. When
did you start and what does that do for you?
I used to do a lot more painting and sculpting when I was younger
and not working so much. I started really young, probably in grade
school, and continued through my adulthood. I miss it and want to
get back to it very soon. It's another way to express your creativity.
Your involved with voxxy.com, a website for teenage girls. What
was your motivation for working with teenagers?
I think it is important to demystify the celebrity thing for
young girls. All these beauty magazines, including this one, need
to be more responsible with what you feed young girls. They don't
know that it takes hours and hours to do hair and makeup for a photo
shoot, and that then some computer is used to take off some pimple
on your face and erase stray hairs and extra curves. It sets an
impossible standard for these young girls to live up to. I realize
the magazines need to sell and there is a pressure for perfecting
an image on the covers, but I want young girls to know its not real
- its magic! I also like the concept to go and get some feedback
about serious issues.
People seem to be obsessed with the weight loss and weight
gain of celebrities. Why do you think that is, and what do people
not understand about it?
I'm not sure that it's people who are obsessed with weight of
celebrities or the media that's obsessed. Your damned if you're
too thin and your damned if you're too heavy. According to the press,
I've been both. It's impossible to satisfy everyone, and I suggest
we all stop trying and enjoy who we are regardless of physical appearance.
You've expressed your love of comfy clothes. Is it odd then to be
known as a fashion and beauty icon?
It's really odd when I read that. I think, "Oh really? How did
that happen?" I know a lot more about fashion and beauty now than
when I first started, but I'm still an amateur. After you do a few
photo shoots and get to meet these amazing hair stylists, makeup
artists and fashion stylists, you cant help but pick up a few pointers.
But I still don't really know what's out and what's in. I just try
to stick to things that make my feel comfortable. I tend to shy
away from the trendy stuff and always find myself attracted to the
classic materials and designs. Simple is better for me.
What's your most guilty pleasure?
Mexican food - for sure. Lots of cheese and guacamole. Really
good Mexican food is hard to find, but I have my favorite places.
How do you deal with all the curiosity from fans and the media about
your marriage and maintain your privacy?
There is a part of me that understands the curiosity. I mean,
I was curious about famous people when I was growing up. I try to
ignore the ridiculous tabloids that just make up a story a week,
but it is irritating. You just have to try and keep your personal
existence to yourself and your loved ones and protect your privacy
as best you can.
Someday when you look back at your life and career, what will you
hope you have accomplished?
I hope to look back at my life and have no regrets. I want to
know I made choices that were wise and appropriate to my growth
as a person. If I seized the moments that matter, then I wont have
When you were growing up, did you ever expect to be famous?
I never imagined my life would be what it is today. When I was
attending the high school of performing arts, I dreamed of one day
being a working actress. The fact that I get to do this for a living
with people I have looked up to and admired blows me away. The fame
is the least impressive thing about what I do, and probably the
most irritating; but it comes with the dinner, so to speak, and
I can accept that.
REDBOOK, August 2001