Today Show: Jennifer Aniston Marriage & Children Pressure
Carson Daly sat down with Jennifer Aniston to talk about everything from her new movie to her fiance. Tamron Hall shared that Jennifer Aniston touched on the idea that sometimes men and women who don’t have children, are judged for it.
She said sometimes people feel that their total existence and total sum of who they are, is based on whether or not they have brought a child into the world. Tamron explained that Jennifer Aniston was promoting her new movie, and discussed being with feminist and activist Gloria Steinem earlier this year and being asked about marriage and babies.
Carson Daly read to Jennifer her quote that said, “Being a woman, your value and worth is associated with marital status or whether or not you’ve procreated.” Jennifer said she had talked to Gloria personally about the topic for a while, because it’s always an issue of “are you married yet” or “do you have your babies yet.”
Today: Jennifer Aniston Pressured To Have Kids
“I don’t have this sort-of checklist of things that need to be done and if they’re not checked then I’ve failed,” Jennifer Aniston said.
She went on to say, “I’ve birthed a lot of things. I’ve mothered things and I don’t think it’s fair to put that pressure on people.”
Carson Daly asked her why people who know her still wonder those things and she told him that if he knew the answer to that, to let her know.
Willie Geist said that the pressure doesn’t just apply to celebrities. As he pointed out, you get married and the next question is when are you having kids. Tamron pointed out that she’s the only one who doesn’t have a child on their show and she’s not married and she has a hard time because people will treat her as if she’s not an adult or not a woman because she doesn’t have a child.
Today Show: Do Parents Feel Superior?
She said when there’s a tragedy, people will say “as a parent, I understand” and Tamron is left thinking “well, I have to have a kid to care?” She said you don’t become “this amazingly sensitive creature” just because you have a child. “You don’t suddenly become a great person because you have a child.”
She admitted that sometimes it is alienating because as a single person who’s going to be turning 44 in a couple weeks, people think something is wrong or that she doesn’t like kids. She said she’s very curious about it.
“Lay off, people,” Willie Geist said.