Jennifer Aniston found plenty to identify with in the character of Alex Levy, the television news anchor character she plays in the new drama “The Morning Show” on Apple TV+.
Aniston, 50, is both a star and an executive producer on “The Morning Show,” portraying the co-anchor of a “Today”-esque morning show whose male counterpart, played by Steve Carell, is fired for sexual misconduct.
In an interview with the New York Times published Tuesday, Aniston acknowledged that she and Levy share some common ground.
“There’s a similarity to my life,” Aniston said. “I relate in ways of feeling like, when you don’t want to be seen, and you don’t want to go out of the house, and you want to just scream, and you don’t want to walk on a red carpet. I don’t want to stand behind a podium, I don’t want to have my photograph taken, I want to just cry today. You know?”
Aniston also praised the amount of ground the show covers with her character, who deals with “children, guilt, power struggle, being a woman in the industry, going through a divorce, publicly going through a divorce, feeling alienated, being just a little bit of a screw-up.”
Steve Carrell, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. (Photo: Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY)
Reese Witherspoon, who plays a younger reporter on the same program as Aniston’s character, said that she was “so psyched” to work with Aniston, with whom she appeared alongside on “Friends” playing her sister.
Praising the show’s “two very, fully fleshed out female leads in one project,” Aniston described how “The Morning Show” “basically just started over” after the firings of Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, developing into a show with a strong MeToo element.
“The Morning Show” premieres on Apple TV+ on Nov 1.
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