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Along Came Polly - Jennifer Aniston Q&A

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. Could you describe the character that you play?
Well, Polly is definitely more of a free-spirit; she has a bit of a fear of commitment, and kind of travels a lot and is sort of avoiding love, with all that she has. When she meets Reuben, Ben's character, that all kind of gets thrown to the wind.

Q. You get to display some awesome waitressing skills. Did this in any way pass back to an earlier time in your life? Did you ever waitress?
Gosh, yeah, I did waitress and I was not great.
Q. Why?
Why was I not great?
Q. Why did you love it?
Because I loved interacting with people, and I love food! I love breakfast, lunch and dinner, so all of those things combined, which meant I liked my job. I was just a little clutsy, is all... forgetful. A little like Polly.

Q. Can you describe your worst ever first date?
I kind of block those things out. The most disastrous date, and this was not as much a disaster as it was uncomfortable for the people involved, was where the guy was trying very hard, and he thought it would be a good idea to take us to a Japanese massage parlour, and start the date off that way. We had a side by side massage, with two women walking up and down our backs, holding on to ropes. [Laughs]. I don't know why I even let myself sit down at the table; I guess I was a little nervous to say 'no'. But I didn't go to the dinner part, so that was pretty much a disaster.

Q. What do you feel about coming to London? Particularly given that you once filmed Friends here?
I love London and there was nothing more exciting than when we came here and shot our show, seeing how many fans we had here. That made us feel good. Unfortunately, we're just here for a short amount of time, so there's not a lot we can do in terms of doing the tours, or seeing a show, but I love it.

Q. It's been said of you that on the big screen you bring the small screen with you. Do you make any distinction between your film work and TV work?
Gosh, I hope so. I don't know how to answer that. I would hope that I do, yeah, but it's hard not to bring yourself to whatever work you do, because it's you! I try to... the parts may not have been extremes steps away from what I've done for ten years, but it's going to be hard to get that out of people's minds whenever they see anything else, because it's been a consistent character I've played.
It's something I know I'm probably going to be hearing a lot, but I'll just keep trying to do my job as good as I can and, hopefully, that will go away.

Q. Have you developed a taste for salsa?
Well, yeah, loved it. I'd never experienced the dance before, and although I haven't done it since, I would if the opportunity arose.

Q. Matt LeBlanc is going to have his own spin-off, Joey. Is there any chance of you guest starring in it? And would you ever be interested in a spin-off of your own?
No, I don't think so, but if I was asked to do a spot on it, of course I would, I would do anything for him.

Q. Did the smack on the bottom upset anyone for not being politically correct? Was there any pressure to cut it?
I don't think so. We had more trouble from the ferret people!

Q. Will you be appearing on-screen with your husband at any stage in the future?
You know, I don't think in the near future. I think it would be trouble, in a way, because you wouldn't even see the movie, you would just see too much of a show in another way. Maybe years down the line, if the right thing comes along, of course, we would love to. But not now.

Q. Do you get frustrated by the lack of funny comic roles for women in Hollywood?
I haven't experienced that. I feel very happy with where I am and what I've done, but I think there are opportunities for women, in comedy. But I'm genuinely excited, because I've had some good luck over the past couple of years, in spite of the television thing, so I feel ok.

Q. Have you left TV behind now? Or would you consider going back to it?
I loved Friends, so much, and I don't know how you can follow that up. Almost every opportunity that I have today has come from Friends, so I will always love it, and no other job will compare to that.
No one can say I'd never go back to doing that, never. It would be silly. But, for right now, I feel like I've done. I've spent 15 years doing it, actually, and I'm excited to venture into this new arena and try this, and producing, and everything else that I can try to explore.

Q. Which is your husband's favourite out of the movies you've made?
The Good Girl.

Q. You've been very successful in Along Came Polly and Bruce Almighty, and The Good Girl, which had talk of Oscar nominations. Which kind of role would you feel more inclined towards?
I would love to do more films like The Good Girl, but I don't plan it out that way. It's sort of whatever comes, and is right at the time, that's where I'll go. There are films that are out there that I'm contemplating, but I feel really lucky that I got that opportunity. It took me out of the box. It's so easy to be boxed into one part, and one part only, so, yeah, I want to do more of everything.

Q. What was most challenging about the role of Polly?
Well, trying to create a character that was not Rachel, because that kept being in the back of my mind. But it wasn't that challenging, really. I based it on a girlfriend of mine, actually, which was really easy. She's adorable, so I just sort of imitated her.
Q. And how did she feel about that?
She loved it!

Q. What did you like most about filming Along Came Polly?
My favourite part was the whole process, from beginning to end. The company, the crew was fantastic, and it was just fun. Working with Ben was just fantastic, and surprising and I felt like I was better for it.

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