Jennifer Aniston’s latest role hits just a little too close to home.
The 49-year-old, who stars in Netflix’s upcoming Dumplin, recently opened up to The Sunday Telegraph about how her own complicated relationship with her late mother, actress and model Nancy Dow, served as inspiration for her character, Rosie, a former pageant queen with a plus-sized daughter.
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“She was a model and she was all about presentation and what she looked like and what I looked like,” she told the newspaper. “I did not come out the model child she’s hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me.”
While the Friends alum many not have been the “model child” that her mother wanted, she did end up following in the footsteps of Dow, who appeared in The Beverly Hillbillies and her father, Days of Our Lives actor John Anniston. However, it appears that not living up to her estranged mother’s expectations put a tremendous strain on their relationship.
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The pair had stopped talking back in 1999, after Dow published a book, From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir. Prior to her mother’s stroke in 2011, the star had reportedly not been in contact with her mother for several years leading up to her death in 2016.
The actress had previously discussed her difficult relationship with her mother in 2015, sharing how critical Dow was to The Hollywood Reporter.
“She was critical. She was very critical of me,” she said. “Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn’t. I never was.”
We, along with most of America, would have to disagree with Dow’s alleged view of her daughter — remember back in 2016 when Aniston was named People’s World’s Most Beautiful Woman for the second time?
At least the actress has found her own way to cope with the lasting effects of her mother’s criticisms — after all, beauty isn’t everything. “I honestly still don’t think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine.”
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