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Published:July 7th, 2011 14:05 EST

Jennifer Aniston Talks 'Horrible Bosses'

By Paulette Cohn

Jennifer Aniston`s role as Dr. Julia Harris in Warner Bros.` Horrible Bosses is 180 degrees from that of Rachel in Friends, and that is just what the actress hoped for when she signed on the dotted line.


"I thought it would be a fun challenge for me to step out of what people like to see me play," says the Emmy Award winner, who is currently dating actor Justin Theroux.

Horrible Bosses is the tale of three men -- Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day --  who want to murder their horrible bosses. Dental assistant Dale Arbus (Day) has it in for Dr. Julia Harris because she has been relentlessly making (X)-rated advances toward him. When she suddenly turns up the heat, he can`t take it anymore and plots to eliminate her.


In this interview, Aniston talks about being a s(e)xually confident woman, the worst job she ever had her potty-mouthed character.

Did you ever have a horrible boss?

Jennifer Aniston: I have had one that was a little inconsistent and a little complicated.

Do you think that older women who are confident in their s(e)xuality are scary to men? Do you find yourself becoming more confident and happier with yourself as you get older?

Jennifer Aniston: Absolutely. At the age of 60 [she jokes], I am doing pretty good.  I absolutely get more comfortable in my body and who I am as I get older -- way more than in my 20s. I was so awkward and uncomfortable.  And are men intimated by s(e)xually confident older women? I think men are intimated by s(e)xually confident women of any age.

What was the toughest job you ever had?

The toughest job I ever had was being a bike messenger in New York City. I was 19.

What was your worse day as a bike messenger?

Jennifer Aniston: Probably riding into a door that opened. Just not doing ... I am very uncoordinated. I am very klutzy. I should never have been allowed on a bicycle with cylinders.

You have dark hair in this role.  Was it something you asked for?

Jennifer Aniston: My look for this ... I knew I wanted her to look different. I wanted her to have dark hair but because I was doing a movie right before and right after. We had this wonderful period of time called hairgate because the studio was refusing to let me wear the wig, saying, "Nobody will know who you are." [To which I replied], "They will know who I am because my name is on the credits." [I felt] there was no way I could be saying these words and playing this woman and not look somewhat different. It was really fun for me. I felt such freedom. I never had that much fun in a character before.

When you saw the script, did you have any second thoughts about Julia having a potty mouth?

Jennifer Aniston: I had no hesitation. After each take, [the director] was, "The raunchier the better."

Did you have any input into your role? Did you enjoy the fact that you were satirizing male s(e)xist behavior in a female?

Jennifer Aniston: That was what was so fun about it: being a female in a role that is usually a male character.  I thought about her as a guy. That is what made it so much fun.

Did you get any input from your dentist?

Jennifer Aniston: I did go to the dentist right before the role. I did see how he held the tools.

Did you think you were going to be doing something controversial and did you have to ask the people at Smart Water?

Jennifer Aniston: No, I didn`t ask.  That is the fun. You don`t want to play it safe all the time. I never had a script come to me that allowed me to go in this direction. It was a great opportunity. I don`t think I cared if there was a bad reaction to it. I didn`t think there would be, but I thought it would be fun for everybody. I hope.

I know you keep getting labeled as America`s sweetheart. Did you take on this role to challenge that?

Jennifer Aniston: I didn`t take the role so I could rid myself of that title. I don`t know where that title ... there are so many different American sweethearts. I just took it because I loved it and I thought it would be a fun challenge and fun for me to step out of what people like to see me play.

Horrible Bosses, opening in theaters on Friday, July 8, is directed by Seth Gordon and produced by Brett Ratner and Jay Stern, from a screenplay by Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley and  Jonathan Goldstein, story by Markowitz. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown and Diana Pokorny serve as executive producers, with John Rickard and John Cheng as co-producers.