The 49-year-old actress glows on the cover of ELLE's January cover, and in her accompanying interview with the magazine, she opens up about the possibilities of tying the knot again and potentially starting a family someday.
Aniston -- who was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000-2005 and Justin Theroux from 2015-2017 -- says that, in her personal opinion, her marriages were actually "very successful."
"When they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy," she explains. "And sometimes happiness didn't exist within that arrangement anymore."
Although Aniston never had kids with Pitt or Theroux, she's not giving up on the idea.
"Who knows what the future holds in terms of a child and a partnership -- how that child comes in…or doesn't?" she says. "And now with science and miracles, we can do things at different times than we used to be able to."
"We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children," she adds. "That's a fairy tale. That's the mold we're slowly trying to break out of."
Aniston continues on, discussing why people become so infatuated with her personal life.
"Maybe it has everything to do with what they're lacking in their own life," she exclaims. "Why do we want a happy ending? How about just a happy existence? A happy process? We're all in process constantly."
"What quantifies happiness in someone's life isn't the ideal that was created in the '50s," she adds. "It's not like you hear that narrative about any men. That's part of sexism -- it's always the woman who's scorned and heartbroken and a spinster. It's never the opposite. The unfortunate thing is, a lot of it comes from women. Maybe those are women who haven't figured out that they have the power, that they have the ability to achieve a sense of inner happiness."
Following her split from Theroux in February, Aniston has been keeping herself busy with a number of projects, including a new Netflix dramedy, Dumplin'. In the film, Aniston portrays a former beauty queen named Rosie Dickson whose plus-size teenage daughter, Willowdean "Dumplin'" Dickson (Danielle Macdonald), signs up for a pageant as a protest in their small Texas town.
Dumplin' also features new music from Dolly Parton, and when ET caught up with Aniston earlier this week at a junket for the film, she couldn't contain her excitement about getting to work with such a legend. The two recorded a son called "Push and Pull" together with Macdonald.
"[I was so nervous] but I sang through it and then got my voice. I literally couldn't have a squeak come out, and then when we finished, I remembered, I just burst into tears," Aniston recalled. "[Dolly] did get emotional after she was done."
"It was terrifying and fun and all of it... it was great," she continued. "[I was] fearless, yes, or fearful, depending on how you look at it. But I had Dolly and Linda Perry there, who were just patient and wonderful."
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By Liz Calvario? , Entertainment Tonight Natti Natasha, J Balvin and Lali were just a handful of the best dressed stars at the 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards. The biggest names in Latin music reunited at the American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, on Thursday night, for the annual music awards ceremony, recognizing the biggest accomplishments of the year. The artists did not disappoint when it came to their red carpet fashion, each donning unique ensembles that showcased their perso...
Natti Natasha, J Balvin and Lali were just a handful of the best dressed stars at the 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards.
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By Jennifer Drysdale, Entertainment TonightClick here to watch video. Natti Natasha is working on some English language music! ET's Denny Directo spoke with the 32-year-old singer backstage at 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, where she revealed that she's recorded quite a bit of music in English, and has plans to release it "little by little." "I have some stuff coming up that are in English. I've been doing that for a long time. It's just, it's more about wh...
Natti Natasha is working on some English-language music!
Friday, February 22 2019 12:58 AM EST2019-02-22 05:58:47 GMT
By Jennifer Drysdale, Entertainment Tonight Selena Gomez is going glam! The former Disney star could not have looked more glamorous as she attended her best friend, Courtney Barry's, wedding to Sam Lopez in Los Angeles on Thursday night. Photos and videos posted to social media show Gomez stunning in a chic black embellished gown. The 26-year-old accessorized her look with delicate drop-down earrings, a red lip and her hair pulled into a low bun. Gomez had fun cozying up to friend...
Thursday, February 21 2019 11:38 PM EST2019-02-22 04:38:48 GMT
By Meredith B. Kile, Entertainment Tonight Cardi B and Offset are a pair of proud parents! On Thursday, the couple each shared adorable new videos of their 7-month-old daughter, Kulture Kiari, on social media as they prepared for the release of Offset's debut solo album, which is appropriately titled Father of 4, and features his kids on the cover. Cardi, 26, shared a video of her baby girl bopping along and giggling in a pink hooded onesie as one of her dad's new songs plays in the...
Thursday, February 21 2019 11:38 PM EST2019-02-22 04:38:46 GMT
By Zach Seemayer, Entertainment Tonight After nearly a year, Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett's marriage has officially ended. The 33-year-old reality star and former Playboy model's divorce from her husband of nine years was recently finalized, with the termination date set for Thursday, Feb. 21. According to court documents obtained by ET, the pair will share joint custody of their two children -- 9-year-old son, Hank Jr., and 4-year-old daughter, Alijah. They will also be spli...
After nearly a year, Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett's marriage has officially ended.
Thursday, February 21 2019 11:18 PM EST2019-02-22 04:18:50 GMT
By Jennifer Drysdale, Entertainment TonightClick here to watch video. Marc Anthony may have just made a Latin music star out of Will Smith. ET's Denny Directo caught up with the legendary singer backstage at 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro in Miami, after he had just opened the show with the premiere of his new single, "Tu Vida En La Mía." He's nominated at the show, however, for his collaboration with Smith and Bad Bunny, "Está Rico," and joked that if he's not careful, the actor will soon ...
Marc Anthony may have just made a Latin music star out of Will Smith.
Thursday, February 21 2019 11:18 PM EST2019-02-22 04:18:47 GMT
By Jennifer Drysdale, Entertainment TonightClick here to watch video. Jussie Smollett is maintaining his innocence. The 35-year-old musician and actor spoke out in a new statement following his arrest on Thursday on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett's brother, Jake, shared the statement from the Empire star's legal team on Instagram on Thursday evening, after he had posted bond. "Today we witnessed an organized law enforceme...
Thursday, February 21 2019 10:58 PM EST2019-02-22 03:58:50 GMT
By Liz Calvario, Entertainment Tonight It was all about Daddy Yankee at the 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards. The reggaetonero was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Thursday's awards ceremony in Miami. But before accepting the honor, he -- along with J Balvin, De La Ghetto, Ozuna, Yandel and Zion & Lennox -- took the stage to give a dynamic performance of his greatest hits, including “Lo Que Pasó, Pasó,” “Rompe," “Ella Me Levantó” and “Gasolina." Yankee, dubbed the king of...
It was all about Daddy Yankee at the 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards.
Thursday, February 21 2019 10:58 PM EST2019-02-22 03:58:46 GMT
By Jennifer Drysdale, Entertainment TonightClick here to watch video. Jussie Smollett's alleged staged attack was planned for days before the incident, according to the bond proffer issued by prosecutors in the Cook County State Attorney’s office, obtained by ET. The court document -- which comes hours after the Empire actor surrendered early Thursday morning following his felony of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report -- outlines how authorities say he arr...
Jussie Smollett's alleged staged attack was planned for days before the incident, according to the bond proffer issued by prosecutors in the Cook County State Attorney’s office, obtained by ET.
Thursday, February 21 2019 10:38 PM EST2019-02-22 03:38:47 GMT
By Liz Calvario, Entertainment Tonight Jenny Boyd is on quite the adventure on Legacies! The actress stars as Lizzie Saltzman -- twin to Josie (Kaylee Bryant) and daughter to Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) -- the fiery witch who may have difficulties expressing her emotions, but is powerful beyond measure. “The character of Lizzie is so dynamic because she has a lot of vulnerability inside of her, but it manifests in a way that can be seen as lashing out and aggressive,” Boyd rece...