Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Discuss Changing Roles Of Women In Hollywood

Written by: Rachel Goodman – October 29th, 2019 9:25pm PT

Good Morning America gained two new hosts for the day, and it was none other than Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon promoting their latest project, The Morning Show! The two former Green sisters (on Friends) discussed their experience learning about journalism as well as why they waited to finish The Morning Show to incorporate the Me Too movement into the storyline.

“It would be completely irresponsible if we hadn’t incorporated it into the show,” Aniston said. “That’s what was happening in the world. And so, [we] took pause and figured out how to, you know, incorporate it in the perfect tone that we wanted to which was sort of not black and white, allowing people to have, you know, a perspective because everyone was trying to figure out what is this new normal.”

The show, which revolves around two females working in media broadcasting, seems like a fitting place to shed light on events that have occurred since the Me Too movement started a few years ago. Both Aniston and Witherspoon are actresses who have been around since the nineties, during a time when females might not have gotten the same respect in Hollywood, and each has come into the spotlight in a place of power that’s changing the gender-divided ways of the past. For example, Witherspoon and Aniston are both executive producers on The Morning Show.

Witherspoon commented that even seven years ago, females simply didn’t produce shows.

“The idea of us being producers [in the past] was sort of thought of as cute,” Witherspoon admitted. 

Yet now Witherspoon runs Hello Sunshine, a media company she founded with partner Seth Rodsky in 2016. Aniston herself has Echo Films, which is actually the second production company she’s co-founded after founding Plan B Entertainment with Brad Pitt and Brad Grey in 2002. Clearly, these are two strong women in a society that has set very strong boundaries for the roles of men and women. Fortunately, this climate is changing.

“I think it’s an interesting time where women are stepping into leadership positions that they never expected to be in before,” Witherspoon said. “The world didn’t tell us that we were supposed to be leaders. We never thought those opportunities would come, and now here we are.”

Anchor Robin Roberts referenced a line of dialogue in the show about women having to take control in order to get what they want. When Roberts asked them each to comment on this, both Aniston and Witherspoon had much to say.

“We go into big rooms with lots of really important creative executives,” Witherspoon shared, “and they actually listen to what we have to say.”

“The voices have always been there, it’s just now that they’re being allowed to use them,” Aniston added.

Speaking of powerful females, Roberts also inquired about whether a third Green sister, Christina Applegate, would be making an appearance on The Morning Show. 

“Anything is possible, Robin,” Aniston replied to Roberts about a potential Applegate appearance. “We’re in the works of a lot behind the scenes so who knows?”

Afterall, Applegate, who originally gained fame on the show Married… with Children, is no stranger to playing a woman in broadcast media. In 2005, she took on the role of Veronica Corningstone in Ron Burgundy: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Despite being a screwball comedy, the movie itself centers around a female character in journalism who isn’t taken seriously by the other men she’s working with.

In the meantime, The Morning Show seems like a promising way to dive deeper into some of the more complicated issues happening with the gender divide in our modern society.

Be sure to check out The Morning Show airing November 1st on Apple TV+.

About The Author:

Rachel Goodman is a Los Angeles based actress, host, and writer originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. In college, Rachel wrote for the Penn State Abington Literary Review and was an editorialist for The Lion’s Roar and The Montgomery County Ticket.

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