Jennifer Aniston on how her difficult relationship with her mother informed her Dumplin' performance

Roisin O'Connor
Monday 03 December 2018 08:21
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Jennifer Aniston has recalled how her character Rosie Dickson's relationship with her daughter in forthcoming film Dumplin' made her think of her own, tense relationship with her late mother, Nancy Dow.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph via the Daily Mail Australia, the actor opened up about her complicated relationship with Dow, who was married to Aniston's father John Aniston from 1965 until 1980.

It was reported that the pair stopped speaking after Dow published her 1999 memoir, From Mother and Daughter to Friends, and that Aniston did not invite Dow to her wedding to Brad Pitt in 2000. Dow died in 2016, aged 79.

"One of the reasons I really loved the mother-daughter aspect of it was because it was very similar in a way to what my mother, and our relationship, was," Aniston, 49, said.

"She was a model and she was all about presentation and what she looked like and what I looked like. I did not come out the model child she'd hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me, this little girl just wanting to be seen and wanting to be loved by a mum who was too occupied with things that didn't quite matter."

Her comments echoed those made in 2015, when Aniston told the Hollywood Reporter: "She was very critical of me. Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn't. I never was... she was also very unforgiving. She would hold grudges that I just found so petty." Aniston later said the pair were "all fine".

Dumplin' explores the relationship between a former pageant queen mother and her plus-size daughter, who enters a competition to protest beauty standards.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by Julie Murphy and stars Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, Luke Benward and Odeya Rush. It is slated for release on 7 December via Netflix.

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