Jennifer Aniston On Her 'The Morning Show' Performance: "I hope I'm nailing it"

October 30, 2019
Brad Blanks, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon

(Brad Blanks)


-Brad Blanks/Shannon in the Morning

In 2011, I went along to the Just Go With It premiere, starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. Little did I know that my red carpet video with these two stars would go viral. I was caught in a media scrum and began to interview Aniston and Sandler while crouching. As I jostled my huge body to ensure I was getting the interview, Jennifer Aniston asked me to stand up. When I stood, Aniston and Sandler’s faces filled with shock, fear, and awe.

Now 8 years later I feel that I am less scary. I hope so! New streaming service Apple TV+, invited me along to the Edition Hotel in West Hollywood to interview Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for their new TV project, The Morning Show. The show premieres this Friday, November 1st on Apple TV+.

Aniston plays Alex Levy, a veteran morning television star who is beloved by America. She is left in the lurch, after her long term TV partner Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) is fired amidst a sexual misconduct scandal. With the network executives looking to overhaul the show, they bring in brash southern upstart, Bradley Jackson, played by Reese Witherspoon.

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As we saw in the trailer for this show, which blew up the Internet a few months ago, there is an incredible scene between these two actresses where they go head to head on live TV, making for awkward, tense viewing. I asked Aniston if she thought she was nailing it as an actress when she acted in that huge dramatic scene with Witherspoon. She replied, “I hope I'm nailing it. I just think it's just one of those power dynamics that's at play, by using the subject of the interview. It was a nonverbal verbal sort of showdown.”

I told them the scene was marginally better than one of their great scenes in Friends, when Witherspoon portrayed Jill, Rachel’s sister, who would date Ross in Season 6 for two episodes. Aniston replied, “Can't compare. That was a good scene, too.”