Jennifer Aniston was brought to tears by a young jury member at the 46th Annual Giffoni Film Festival on Italy’s Amalfi Coast over the weekend, revealing that she often feels insecure and experiences self-doubt.
The girl was among a group of children and teens from around the world brought to judge the annual youth festival. She asked Aniston if she ever woke up in the morning and questioned who she was.
In response, Aniston appeared visibly choked up, explaining, “Yes, that moment has happened to me. There’s not enough fingers and toes in this entire room to count how many times that moment has happened.”
“We’re all human beings at the end of the day, whether we’re a waitress or we’re a baker or we’re a student – whatever we are, at the end of the day, you can kind of hit walls and think ‘I can’t go any farther’ or ‘This is too much, my heart can’t take it’ or ‘The pain is too great’ or ‘Am I good enough?’ or, ‘Will I survive?’ ” said Aniston. “And you just have to sort of, somehow, miraculously overcome. You just go, ‘I can.’ Yes, you can.”
Aniston, 47, was honored at the film festival with the lifetime achievement award. She took questions from the large group of children, touching on being a woman in Hollywood and what life is like for an actress.
She continued of personal insecurities, “Also know that your actors, your idols, your icons – whatever you call them – have all had that experience or that moment in their lives, many many times.”
“There’s nothing that separates us from you because we all started at the same place,” she said. “We all came out of nowhere… don’t punish yourself, if you feel that.”
The actress has long been outspoken about empowerment and standing up for one’s self.
She similarly told Diane Sawyer in 2004, “I think once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kind of falls into place.”