Jennifer Aniston is opening up about her estranged relationship with her late mother, Nancy Dow.
The “Friends” alum stars in a new Netflix movie titled “Dumplin’,” which tells the story of a former pageant queen (Aniston) whose plus-size daughter enters her competition to make a point about beauty standards. Aniston told The Sunday Telegraph that there were parallels between her relationship with Dow and her relationship with her fictional daughter in the film.
“Where do we start?” responded Aniston to the reporter, who asked if her relationship with Dow mirrored the one in “Dumplin’.”
“One of the reasons I really loved the mother-daughter aspect of it was because it was very similar in a way to what my mother, and our relationship, was,” Aniston said (via People).
“She was a model and she was all about presentation and what she looked like and what I looked like,” she continued. “I did not come out the model child she’d hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me, this little girl just wanting to be seen and wanting to be loved by a mum who was too occupied with things that didn’t quite matter.”
After living under such scrutiny, 49-year-old Aniston is proud to be part of a movie that sends a positive message.
“This movie is so special because it is about stripping away those preconceived notions of beauty, trying to become individuals and not feeling that we have to live up to some unrealistic ideal that society is feeding up to us,” she explained.
“My idea of beauty is, is what makes you feel beautiful and what makes me feel beautiful is the people around me, the life that I have,” Aniston shared. “And maybe a good hair day.”
Dow passed away in May 2016 at age 79. Aniston had told The Hollywood Reporter that her relationship with Dow had been strained over the years.
“She was critical,” she said. “She was very critical of me. Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn’t. I never was. I honestly still don’t think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine.”
Aniston also said she found her mother to be “unforgiving,” adding that “she would hold grudges that I just found so petty.”
Prior to Dow’s death, Aniston and her mom had set aside their differences and things were “all fine” between them.
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