Jennifer Aniston on ‘Cake,’ battling depression and coping with award craziness

It’s frustrating to watch Jennifer Aniston‘s character in “Cake” battle depression after the death of her young son. Claire can’t snap out of her psychological suffering and at times it seems like she doesn’t want to.

“I think people become comfortable with depression and it becomes part of their identity,” Aniston says in our video chat below. Claire resists getting better because, “If she comes out of it, she feels she may forget her son. Moving on means you must let go.”

Aniston’s powerful performance earned her Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, but, strangely, she was snubbed by the Oscars. She’s won other industry peer-group prizes during her career, including the Emmy, but that came late in the run of “Friends.” I ask her: how does she cope with the craziness and inconsistencies of awards?

“Awards are not my motivation,” she replies, but they’re “a wonderful thing because they give movies like ‘Cake’ a platform. They create awareness.”

2 thoughts on “Jennifer Aniston on ‘Cake,’ battling depression and coping with award craziness

  1. as to a woman loosing a son the grief and depression associated with it is no less for the father , making a child is very much like baking a cake , that all important recipe , if both people are still alive and together baking an other cake to replace the one that was lost would be the remedy for depression but not for the memory of loss ,that will be lessened as the new offspring fills the life with promise and hope , if the recipe is no longer is available there in lies the problem , if because of death there will be grief , if by misunderstanding then a remedy should be sought if by the will of God ,only Gods intercession will suffice there will no escaping it if one tries only strife will result , the offending or absent person must confront the other with the explanation , pride , vanity , ego have no place in parenthood

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