Jen and Her Men
What do you get when you combine Jennifer Aniston, her Horrible Bosses costars, and tequila on the rocks with a splash of lime? Great chemistry.
Plus, check out the photos from their cover shoot and see Jen's most memorable red carpet moments.
By Christine Lennon
Photo Credit: Tesh
Let's imagine for a minute that the work/fun ratio at your job was inverted. That the eight hours with your nose to the grindstone and the 20 minutes goofing off with your coworkers (OK, maybe 40, assuming you don't work at a law firm) were flipped. In this alternate reality, you were paid to make your colleagues giggle like third-graders, let off some steam, and come up with outrageous schemes to oust your boss. Then, because this is fantasyland and we may as well go there, let's say that your coworkers were Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live fame, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia cocreator Charlie Day three charming as hell guys who also happen to be some of the funniest men in Hollywood.
Essentially, what we've just described is Jennifer Aniston's current gig. As one of the stars of Horrible Bosses, the much anticipated new comedy in which three best friends plot to murder their employers, the golden-toned Ms. Aniston continues to live the dream. Though the character she plays a sexually aggressive dentist who assaults her assistant is far from dreamy, it's the perfect opportunity for the comedienne to break out of the rom-com cage and play a big, bawdy, outrageous role.
Today, the friends and costars have been hamming it up for the camera, shooting photos for four separate MC covers. Though Aniston's been on set, under the photographer's lights, for the better part of the day, when she exits the elevator onto the rooftop lounge of the photo studio, she's all smiles. The guys are casual in jeans, T-shirts, and flannel, but she's in trim black pants, a black knit tank, and black boots with a slim heel. Her newly lobbed bob is messy in that paradoxically precise way that only she and her hairstylist have mastered. Maybe it's just the light, which is dusky and pink enough to make even the gritty Hollywood surroundings seem uncharacteristically romantic, but Aniston, 42, almost looks airbrushed in person. And now she's ready to relax with a sip of tequila and fresh lime on the rocks ("Not all of the sugar and salt of a margarita, though I do love them," she says) and devour a bowlful of chips and guacamole with the guys.
"Poor Charlie," Aniston says of her costar, whom she repeatedly offends in the film. "He had to put up with me harassing him for two solid weeks."
"I play a dental assistant, and she is a dentist, my boss, who wants to sleep with me even though I'm desperately in love with my fiancée," Day says. "I won't do it. My character is not into it."
"It's a real testament to your acting ability," Bateman chimes in.
"Yeah, it's a tough concept to sell," Day laughs.
Read the rest of Marie Claire's exclusive interview with Jennifer Aniston and the male stars of Horrible Bosses in our July 2011 issue, on newsstands June 21.