Jennifer Aniston's Happiness Plan
3. Know the value of a splurge... continued...
Aniston's sense of balance has impressed her coworkers: "She absolutely
has a body to be envied by us all, but I find it very refreshing to not be able
to count ribs, because that's something very prevalent in L.A.," says
Ginnifer Goodwin, who costars with Aniston in He's Just Not That Into
You. "An actress's diet can be coffee and cigarettes...that is not
Jennifer Aniston's regimen."
Aniston isn't afraid to splurge in other ways, too. She knows that little
pick-me-up gifts can be good for the soul. Although she is the rare A-list star
who has said she "hates to shop," she does get a thrill from snagging
some new jewelry now and then. In fact, Aniston launched her favorite jewelry
designer, Jennifer Meyer — wife of Spider-Man's Tobey Maguire — to fame
by wearing her signature 18-karat-gold leaf pendant in 2006's The
Break-Up. When it comes to retail therapy, Aniston clearly knows that it's
good to be good to yourself.
4. You've got to have friends.
Aniston didn't just play a loyal friend on TV: "I've always wanted good
friendships, and I was inspired to create them by watching my mom with her
girlfriends," she's noted. Aniston has achieved her goal — her friends
formed a tight and supportive circle around her during her tough times, and
they are there to celebrate the good with her, too.
Even with her crazy-busy schedule, Aniston spends as much face time with her
friends as possible. She's often spotted walking on the beach with Courteney
Cox and frequently joins Courteney and husband David's Sunday-night dinners.
Aniston even finds ways to connect when on the set. Says her friend and makeup
artist Angela Levin: "I'll be putting makeup on [her], and she'll grab a
little cheek color and put it on me and say, 'You need a little color on your
face.' It's really funny. She's a very wonderful girlfriend."
When she can't spend time in person with her pals, Aniston reaches out with
thoughtful little gestures. Somehow, she makes these look effortless. Just ask
Jake Gyllenhaal, who costarred with her in 2002's critically acclaimed The
Good Girl and has been a buddy ever since. "Birthdays, celebrations, or
anything, she always thinks of me," he says. "She calls or sends
something. She's so busy, and she seems to make time not just for me, but for
everybody." Thanks to this thoughtfulness, Aniston has cultivated close
friends who are always there for her.
5. Do what you don't know how to do.
Obviously, Aniston's DNA is hard-coded for creativity: She's an actor. But
now, on the brink of turning 40, she's challenging herself in new ways. In fall
2006, she codirected the short film Room 10 with friend Andrea Buchanan,
and she and producing partner Kristin Hahn recently landed a deal at Universal
Pictures for their new company, Echo Films. Aniston's pet project, The Goree
Girls, tells the true story of eight Texan inmates who start an all-female
country-western band in prison. Aniston plans to work her musical mojo and star
in the film. "I can carry a tune, and I was known to throw out a jazz hand
from time to time in high school," she has joked.