Jennifer Aniston never thought of herself as a sex symbol.
The 50-year-old Friends vet has always gone for a more girl-next-door vibe, she told InStyle magazine for their 25th anniversary.
'Bombshell wasn't really my thing,' said the Murder Mystery star. 'I thought natural, cute, and funny was sexy, you know?' She also said she didn't have a 'sexy' banner around her waist.
Her take: Jennifer Aniston never thought of herself as a sexy symbol. The 50-year-old Friends vet has always gone for a more girl-next-door vibe she told InStyle magazine for their 25th anniversary
If you've got it! The siren looked incredible in lace lingerie for a strip scene in the 2013 comedy We're The Millers
Lovely lady: The pinup also wore black lingerie for her 2011 movie Horrible Bosses
She added that when she began her career 'I think we were broadening our ideas of what sexy actually meant, so to be put in that category, I was like, "Oh, this is nice."
'But, no, I didn't have a "sexy" banner around my waist or start going to "sexy" school or anything like that. Some days you're hot, and some days you're not.'
She was reacting to her 1999 InStyle cover where she posed in a sheet and the tag line read, 'What's Sexy Now?'
Aniston also said: 'It feels ironic to be anointed as "sexy." I always thought Lauren Hutton was sexy.'
Jennifer ignores that she has dressed sexy for many of her films including the 2013 comedy We're The Millers in which she had a strip scene.
She also said looking back on all seven of her InStyle covers was 'almost like leafing through a yearbook.'
90s Jen: The issue was from May 1999 and she was naked, holding a sheet over her chest. At the time Jennifer was on one of TV's biggest hit shows, Friends
But she WAS a bombshell: She looked incredible with Brad Pitt in 2004. She told IS: 'Bombshell wasn't really my thing. I thought natural, cute, and funny was sexy, you know?'
Her idea of sexy: Aniston also said: 'It feels ironic to be anointed as "sexy." I always thought Lauren Hutton was sexy'
The Along Came Polly star added, 'I pretty much grew up in this business in front of everyone, and listen, puberty is awkward — just try and do it all publicly.
'When Friends began [in 1994], we were all so wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. We couldn't believe what was happening, and we had no idea what was coming. On Instagram, Courteney [Cox] recently posted an old photo of all of us on a jet together before the show had even aired. I just remember not understanding that this was my life. The level of gratitude, my god.
'My first cover was in 1996. Being on the cover of a magazine was a big deal for me — it was all so new and exciting. I never dreamed it would actually happen. I remember my hair was short and styled to look wet that day. I'm proud of that hair legacy. I had goals, girl! [laughs] But it took me some time to get comfortable in front of the camera. That first shoot was at my house, so that helped. I remember posing and thinking, "God, I've got to learn how to do this." It didn't come naturally to me because it was so out of my norm. But, boy, was it cool to see the actual magazine and hold it in my hand.
Early days: 'My first cover was in 1996. Being on the cover of a magazine was a big deal for me — it was all so new and exciting. I never dreamed it would actually happen. I remember my hair was short and styled to look wet that day. I'm proud of that hair legacy,' she said
She was a favorite of InStyle: On the left she posed in 2012 and on the right it was 2015
Haute stuff: Here she is seen again in 2015, left, and on the right she posed in 2018
'When I think back on the '90s, it makes me nostalgic — period. They were simpler times. This is going to sound odd, but there was a sense of safety in the world. We weren't exposed to as much as we are now. And even if there was just as much sh*t going on, we didn't necessarily have it in our faces 24/7. It was lighter. There was a lot more human connection.
'Back then, Fred Segal on Melrose was still alive and kicking, you know? I'm still very fond of those Maharishi pants from the '90s. I had so many pairs, including the most beautiful orange ones with embroidery and a dragon going up the back. I'm mad because I only have one pair left now. [laughs]
'I started to find my confidence when I was on Friends, for sure. In a way, being on that show was the ultimate trust exercise. There was comfort in numbers there, so we all held each other up. I miss a lot about that time. Having a job that was absolute, pure joy. I miss getting to be with people I love massively and respect beyond words. So, yes, these days I'm super nostalgic. Anything can make me go, "Aww." Even Fred Segal, I guess. I don't know why that one got me. [laughs]
'Looking back, I did have some really epic looks. That's always fun to be reminded of. It's a positive that comes from being documented your whole life. And you gotta take the good with the bad! Still, I think the best part of the red carpet is the end of it. The entrance is like, "Ugh." And leaving it is like, "Ahh."
Her past: 'I started to find my confidence when I was on Friends, for sure. In a way, being on that show was the ultimate trust exercise. There was comfort in numbers there, so we all held each other up. I miss a lot about that time,' she said
Good one: Her last project, the Netflix movie Murder Mystery with Adam Sandler, was a big hit
'It's funny because when you're in your 20s, you're on the road to this unnamed destination that you think you're going to, but I don't know if you ever actually reach it. Time just continues on like a speeding bullet. When you get older, though, there's a little bit more of enjoying the here and now. I'd like to slow everything down. Smelling the roses is an understatement— I want to watch them grow. And, yes, I actually have roses and went outside to smell them this morning.
'These days I'm most ambitious for peace. And I'm ambitious for creative fulfillment. I want to continue to create what I know I'm capable of creating. I'm so proud of my new project, The Morning Show, but it was probably the hardest job I've done thus far. It was like digging into wells that I don't think I've ever explored. I had to unpack emotions in order to serve this incredible material. Sometimes you can lose sight of what you're doing and why you're doing it, but this has been a really great reminder for me about why I do this.
'I'm at a place now where I actually feel like I've grown up and entered into who I am creatively. It's taken me this long to know what I'm capable of. I didn't always know. I think I used to put a lot of that in the hands of other people. Now I'm taking ownership of it. And you know what? It feels really good.'
She was also seen deeply bronzed in a video for Laura Brown, the editor-in-chief of InStyle.
Glow girl! Aniston showed up this week to comment on InStyle's 25-year anniversary she looked as tan as can be
Darker: The Murder Mystery star was deeply bronzed as she sat down for a video chat about the fashion monthly in an Instagram post from Laura Brown, the editor-in-chief.
Jen had on a light grey tank top showing off sculpted arms and several gold bracelets and a Rolex watch.
The ex-wife of Brad Pitt added high-waisted jeans with a brown belt and several necklaces for a casual chic outfit.
Her blonde hair was down and she looked surprisingly wrinkle free for 50.
The Aniston look: Jen had on a light grey tank top showing off sculpted arms and several gold bracelets and a Rolex watch
C'est chic: The ex-wife of Brad Pitt added high-waisted jeans with a brown belt and several necklaces for a casual chic outfit. Her blonde hair was down and she looked surprisingly wrinkle free for 50
The star joked about how one of her old cover stories for InStyle was laid out.
The cover like was 'What Is Sexy Now' and the first spread was of just her legs. The second spread was her torso. And the third spread finally showed her face.
Aniston joked she was cut up into three pieces and was lucky to be alive.
The issue was from May 1999 and she was naked, holding a sheet over her chest. At the time Jennifer was on one of TV's biggest hit shows, Friends.
The editor's caption read: 'WHAT IS IT?! Thrilled and honored that 15 former @instylemagazine cover stars joined us to celebrate our anniversary. First, the hilarious and glorious Jennifer Aniston. All three parts of her. Swipe for her portrait, @michaelthompsonstudio #instyle25.'
Jennifer can next be seen in the Apple series about morning show hosts which she has worked on with Reese Witherspoon.
The other stars doing video chats were Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry, Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Demi Moore and Drew Barrymore, among others.
The cover star is Julianne Moore.