Jen and Her Men
By Christine Lennon
Photo Credit: Tesh
My first job was: As an extra on my dad's [actor John Aniston] soap opera, Search for Tomorrow. When I was 12, I asked him if I could get a part on his show. I wore a yellow skating outfit, and I was kinda large. It's hard to look good in yellow, and I certainly did not. I remember I got a check for about $100, and I was blown away. Later, I waited a lot of tables, and I wasn't very good at that. I dropped more than one Alpine burger in customers' laps, and you just do not want all of that Swiss cheese and mushrooms in your pants. I wasn't a good waitress, but I was told that I was very nice and charming, so people liked me anyway.
My first job was: An educational video. I was about 10. A local college was making a film of a Ray Bradbury short story, and I acted in it. After that, I got the part on Little House on the Prairie, and worked pretty steadily.
I've never had a horrible boss, but: Most of the time I don't even know who my boss is. When you're making a movie, you don't always have the same boss when you finish as you did when you started. Studio heads, directors they're shifting around all the time, fired and hired. And at the end of every project, as an actor, you're effectively fired. So you're out there looking for work again like everybody else.
Read the rest of Marie Claire's exclusive interview with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman in our July 2011 issue, on newsstands June 21.