The career Jennifer Aniston would have if she wasn’t an actress

By: Meaghan Wray

Jennifer Aniston doesn’t let her busy acting life get in the way of keeping her home freshly decorated! The Friends star recently shared that if she wasn’t an actress, she would have pursued a career in interior design. She likes to keep things fashion-forward on the red carpet and in her own home, too.

The stunning 48-year-old star opened up to Amy Sedaris in Harper’s Bazaar about her hypothetical career shift, “If I wasn’t acting, I would do that full-time: the process of seeing it, having the vision, then collecting the team of people who will execute that vision. I enjoy walking into a house that’s been taken down to the studs.”

For Jennifer and her husband Justin Theroux, renovating and redecorating their house has been an exercise in compromise. “They say building houses can make or break a couple. I was so used to doing it on my own, and there were moments when I was like, ‘Don’t say no so fast,’” she said.

The Emmy Award winner added that she has had to adapt her approach to picking out pieces to ensure Justin is happy with her decisions. “I have this dialogue with my interior designer where I’ll go: ‘No. Hate it. Move. Next.’ That can sound a little abrupt, so I had to retool my attitude a bit [for Justin]. It wasn’t very hard because he loved whatever I brought to him.”

One of the first houses Jennifer ever rented in Laurel Canyon was actually haunted. Her roommate at the time “talked to dead people,” she said, and recalled the times objects would mysteriously fall of shelves and televisions would suddenly turn on. This prompted the star to include another method in her house decorating madness, “Now every house I go to, I have a healer or a medium come through. This makes me sound like an absolute insane human being (Laughs).”

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Jennifer’s love for interior design is in her blood. When she was younger, her mom and dad would remodel their house DIY-style. “We were broke, so my mom and dad would go to thrift places and antique stores and find these jewels. My dad would strip the paint, and underneath would be a gorgeous old wooden cabinet with leaded glass,” explained the star.

Jennifer credits her mom or inspiring her to appreciate design and for teaching her how to host guests on a budget, “It was important for my mom aesthetically to have a beautiful space even though we couldn’t afford expensive furniture. Even in my 20s as a struggling waitress, I knew how to make whatever rental I was in into a pretty home. My mom also taught me about being a proper hostess and always having some noshes and drinks for guests.”

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