Jennifer Aniston's 'liberating' Cake role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 February 2015
Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston has admitted she found it "liberating" going make-up free for 'Cake' and thinks playing Claire Simmons is a "role of a lifetime" for her

Jennifer Aniston found going make-up free for 'Cake' "liberating".

The 46-year-old actress usually has to pay careful attention to the way she looks so she enjoyed getting the chance to not worry about her appearance in the movie - in which she plays Claire Simmons, who is recovering from an accident who becomes obsessed by the suicide of another woman in her chronic pain support group - because it was important not to "glamorize" the role.

She said: "This was not the kind of character you want to glamorize in any way.

"In my own life I've spent a lot of time dealing with having to pay attention to the way I dress and look, so playing Claire was beyond liberating in every way.

"Apart from make-up used to apply the scars, the only make-up I wore was when they were adding dark circles to my eyes."

Jennifer admits the movie is the "role of a lifetime" for her but she fought hard to get the part.

She told Total Film magazine: "It's the role of a lifetime. 'Cake' is the kind of film I've dreamed of doing for many years but I never really found a project like this until now.

"As soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to play Claire.

"I had to fight to get the part. I begged and begged [director] Daniel Barnz to give it to me because I knew I could do it and tap into all of Claire's different sides - her adventurous and sarcastic side as well as her anger and depression.

"For Daniel, it was a matter of convincing him that I was prepared to go all the way in this kind of role."


  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Daniel Barnz
  • Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Chris Messina, Lucy Punch, Britt Robertson, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington
  • UK release: 20 February 2015

Claire (Aniston) is an attorney who's survived a car crash. Now sour and scarred, her chronic back pain causes her to alienate everyone she once held dear. Aniston is very good in an intriguing role, but the story signals exactly where it's going and the film is otherwise disappointingly soft-edged and obvious.

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