The Iron Giant
by ET Online
It's absolutely the most fun,
and the people are the
dreamiest people that you
could ever imagine getting to
work with every day."
-- Jennifer Aniston (talking
about working on "Friends")
Popular "friend" JENNIFER ANISTON is appealing to a new audience in 'The Iron Giant.' We talked with her about working on an animated
film, and she gave us the scoop on the upcoming season of "Friends!"
Entertainment Tonight: Fun, adorable movie -- and I'm pretty picky! I know you must
get so many offers to do different things. What was it about this?
Jennifer Aniston: This was an opportunity that came by and I loved
it. I thought it was a very sweet story. I wanted to do an animated film
and see what that was like. I'll tell you, it ain't easy. It was fun. It's
really hard and fun at the same time.
ET: What part wasn't easy?
Jennifer: It's weird to not act with anybody. That's the hardest part.
And the director had a very clear idea of her voice, so there's not a lot of movement to
play around. You almost feel like you're doing line readings. It's just not as free as you
would have imagined it to be. But they do animate it to you -- to your voice. It was hard,
though. It was tedious.
ET: Did your voice come before the character was created?
Jennifer: No, they had her.
ET: Was she completely done, or did they tweak her?
Jennifer: They did tweak her a little bit. She was always inskirts and I think they put her
in pedal pushers.
ET: I saw that. Did you see any of yourself in her when you watched the movie?
Jennifer: No, nothing. Not even a little bit. It was actually very weird to hear the voice.
It's sort of like, "Oh, God! You're acting with nobody!" Because I could tell. I was in the
room and it didn't sound like I was reacting to any of the other people.
It was weird. It was definitely weird. It took awhile, but then I really
got swept into the movie.
ET: If I hadn't known and I had just closed my eyes, I wouldn't have
known it was you. When I saw the Draco in 'Dragonheart,' I knew it
was SEAN CONNERY!
Jennifer: Well, that's a tough one!
ET: I guess for you it was harder just being a voice than when you get to be a voice and a
body and everything else.
Jennifer: I kind of loved it. It was cool.
ET: No make-up!
Jennifer: I could roll right in there and roll right out.
ET: You didn't even have to shower!
Jennifer: You don't. And there were days that I didn't. (laughs)
ET: I've got to tell, being a mom, you didn't even ground him when he was out of his bedroom in the middle of the night! You were pretty soft...
Jennifer: Yeah, well I didn't write it. But he learned his lesson!
ET: I know you've talked about it before -- you've said you want to be a mom one day.
After playing the mom in this, did you say, "Yeah, this will be fun one day?"
Jennifer: Well, sure. I love the idea of doing an animated movie and
knowing how much I watched them as a kid. I was so mesmerized
and taken into the fantasy. Eventually when there are kids, that will be
one for them to sort of get lost in as well. To be a part of it, that's
ET: I think it's really cool. Did you have a favorite animated movie
Jennifer: 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and 'Cinderella.' Those were the two main
ET: The difference is now they can watch them over and over and over... until you can
do the words with them. Then you know you've seen the movie too many times.
Jennifer: That's true. This is also neat, because it kind of is a throw-back. You don't
know that's the approach they're taking until you see the movie. I felt like I was watching
an old animated movie. There weren't a lot of stunts and special effects. It was all just
sort of classic. BRAD [BIRD, the director] did a really wonderful job on all
of those levels.
ET: I liked that, too. Because it was set in the '50s, I think they tried
to stay true to that. So would you do animation again?
Jennifer: Possibly. I might.
ET: Although, I think the female characters have got to have a bigger
Jennifer: Don't you think? I mean, how realistic is that? We're
already plastering unrealistic images all over the world. Why make it
ET: I know. And the waitress thing. Did it send you back to those days?
Jennifer: No, not really.
ET: Did you ever do it in real life?
Jennifer: Oh, yeah! That was one of my favorite jobs in the world, being a waitress.
ET: You got great tips, didn't you?
Jennifer: I got good tips, I liked meeting the people. It was just fun! And I worked at a
fun place, too. It was a very casual burger joint.
ET: That makes the difference. I've got to ask you about "Friends." Have you started
Jennifer: We start back in a week.
ET: Back to work! Everybody's talking about how you guys have
signed up for a sixth season. And everybody's talking about are they
going to sign up for season seven. What I want to know is, when did
you normally sign? Is it not a big deal that you haven't signed up for
season seven yet?
Jennifer: I truthfully don't know how it's supposed to go. I don't know how all of the other
shows do it. You certainly don't talk about it to other people, because it's their own
ET: In the past, did you guys usually sign up a year ahead of time, a year and a half ahead
of time, or six months ahead of time?
Jennifer: I don't know. I've never been on a show that's lasted more than thirteen
episodes, so this is all a first for me.
ET: Originally, how many years had you signed up for?
Jennifer: Five originally and then we renegotiated. And everybody gave us a lot of bad
time then when we renegotiated for a sixth year. That's where it's stayed, at six. That's
where we are right now. We're done after six and we'll see what happens.
ET: So now it's all about whether there will be a seventh. Well, of course there will be!
It's not just your fans, but the critics went nuts over the show last season.
Jennifer: You can sit and drive yourself crazy trying to figure out
what that's all about. I mean, the show never fell off and became awful. It's always tried to maintain this level of commitment to what
the show is about, which is good writing and committing to what the shows were. We just continued to do that year after year, and I think
there was that weird backlash period where they gave us all a hard
time. They thought, aren't we bratty little spoiled actors to go in and do
whatever it is that we did? We wanted to be paid the same because we thought that was fair because we were putting in the same amount of work. It was
kind of something we believed in, not something harmful at all. Who knows why that all
shifts now? I mean, we're glad. We're thankful. It means that we're doing what we're
supposed to be doing.
ET: Right. So basically it's renegotiation time, but nothing has been done yet. Your fans
are just going to have to keep their fingers crossed. Personally, would you love to do it
Jennifer: Well, yeah. It's a great job! It's absolutely the most fun and the people are the
dreamiest people that you could ever imagine getting to work with every day.
ETOnline, 3rd August 1999