Okay, at the risk of exposing myself as a pervy old man, I have to say that the cover of the January issue of GQ (hits stands Dec. 23) has tipped it in for me: I love Jennifer Aniston. There. I said it. Feels good to get it out. You see, I was one of those snobby jerk-offs in the ’90s who (rather vocally) HATED Friends and endlessly griped about how corny it is and how annoying the characters are (arguments I would still make today, but I recognize that it’s a too-cool-for-school reaction to its formulaic sitcomery). But while Aniston will never be fully extricated from her association with Ross, Chandler, “Pheebs,” and the gang, over the past decade or so she’s certainly built enough of a post-Friends persona for me to step forth and pledge my love. Here are the Top 5 reasons I love Jennifer Aniston, despite hating Friends, that do NOT have to do with the fact that I enjoy seeing her naked:
1. Office Space (natch)
2. Her reasoned response to the career-over-baby accusations that had people running around with “I’ll have your baby, Brad!” t-shirts during her divorce to Brad Pitt. “A man divorcing would never be accused of choosing career over children….That really pissed me off. I’ve never in my life said I didn’t want to have children,” she told Vanity Fair in 2005.
3. Her dig this year at Angelina Jolie, who had publicly talked about falling for Pitt while he was still married to Aniston. “That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work every day [while filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith]? That was really uncool,” she told Vogue.
4. She’s got a thing for rock-n-roll dudes — first Adam Duritz, and now John Mayer (who’s eight years her junior, I might add, which I think is kinda hot…for some reason. I know, I know, pervy old man).
5. The Good Girl, when I first realized there was more to Aniston than “Rach.”
Honorable mention: Her hilarious appearance on 30 Rock earlier this year (the episode after the jump).
Anyone else out there overcome their dislike for Friends and fall for Aniston anyway? And how about that GQ cover, eh? Anyone out there realizing they dislike me because I hated on Friends just now?