Go behind the scenes with the creators and cast of The Morning Show, and get a first look at the new season. Watch Season 2 of The Morning Show on September 17, only on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_TheMorningShow
Jennifer attended the Morning Show Season 2 today alongside her costar Reese Witherspoon! I’ve added images to our gallery, enjoy viewing them!
Jennifer and Reese appeared on UK Television for the first time since 2019 to promote the upcoming second season of The Morning Show! I have added screencaps in our gallery, enjoy!
The actress talks filming the Friends reunion, The Morning Show Season 2, and her health and beauty secrets.
From early romantic comedy roles like Nina Borowski in The Object of My Affection to her award-winning turn as Alex Levy on The Morning Show, Aniston has been a continual source of inspiration with a seemingly unflappable health and beauty regimen. The Murder Mystery star, who has been incorporating the brand’s collagen supplements into her daily routine for years, tells BAZAAR.com, “I noticed such a difference over a few months, and it’s just been a part of my everyday. And so, when Vital Proteins approached me to team up and become a part of their team, or just a fraction of their team, I was so super excited, because, yes, I actually know what I’m talking about.”
Ahead, Aniston talks about her new role with Vital Proteins, the upcoming season of The Morning Show, and what filming the Friends reunion was really like.
At the risk of embarrassing myself, I quoted you in my master’s thesis.
Oh, my God. I got quoted in your thesis? What was quote-worthy?
It was an interview you did when you said that if you were lying in the middle of the road and someone gave you a self-help book to tell you how not to lie in the middle of the road and get run over, you wouldn’t read it because that’s just not where you were at that moment. I thought that was great, because it was about just letting life come at you.
What a strange thing to say. But there was a time where I remember getting so many [self-help] books, and I was just like, “Can we stop, because I’m fine.” That’s very sweet. I’m very flattered and honored.
Because it’s organic. That’s why I had been using it. It’s the only way I will partner up with a brand is if it feels like it’s organically coming out of my mouth, and I think that’s sort of been consistent throughout all the products that I’ve been a part of. My doctor told me about Vital Proteins in 2014 and said you need to incorporate this into your diet. And I was thinking, “How?” And he said, “Put it in your coffee.” And I go, “I’m a purist. I don’t mess up my coffee. Don’t you mess with my coffee!” And then sure enough, he goes, “But you won’t taste it. Put it in your smoothie.”
You’re now Vital Proteins’ chief creative officer. Do you have any plans in your role or anything you’re hoping to achieve?
I love participating with the group and to get into a think tank and come up with ideas to better the product, to expand the product. It’s been fun to come up with the campaign for it. The idea of that commercial was so much fun to come up with. Being a part of the creation of anything is my sweet spot.
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You need to remember that.
I sure should. I’m going to get it tattooed somewhere.
We’re really excited about Season 2 of The Morning Show. What was it like filming in the pandemic?
Sorry that it took so long. What was that like during the pandemic? That was a challenge, to say the least. It was very hard. We were all a bit nervous to be going out there, even though we had an incredible epidemiology team to educate all of us on how this is going to work, how this is going to look, and testing and the protocols.
And it was challenging, because as artists and creatives, it’s all about human connection. And we were in masks while we were rehearsing, and then these shields, and I didn’t see my crew members’ faces, and we couldn’t say good morning with a hug. We couldn’t say goodbye with a hug. We’re all a very loving, tactile group of people, and it was strange.
You’d get the [COVID-positive] false alarms. … It’d have to shut down for an hour to find out who, and you contact trace, and all this stuff. When we shut down [production in March 2020], we’d shot almost two episodes. Then basically, the whole season had to be reimagined incorporating COVID into it, because it turns out our show is topical.
A very similar thing happened for our first season, because we had, I think, about five or eight outlines of the first season, and then #MeToo happened. So we had to go back to the drawing board. Season 1 was about abuse of power and sexism, ageism, and all of that stuff, and the sort of toxic environment that happens in the world of these shows, but #MeToo was such a huge piece [of that]. It’s like, “How do we not incorporate that?” So the same thing happened with Season 2. It took a lot longer than expected, and I hope it was worth the wait.
It sounds like you’re quite involved behind the scenes, and I know you’ve made short films in the past. Do you have any plans to direct again, in TV or film?
Yes. So funny that you mentioned that. I’m actually having a Zoom call tomorrow with a friend about directing a piece of material they found. And if there’s a Season 3 of The Morning Show, I want to direct one of our episodes.
I’d love to see you in a serious role opposite Adam Sandler, because I think your chemistry is so great together on-screen, and you’re both incredible when you do dramatic roles. So please do that.
Oh, my gosh. I’m going to tell him that, because isn’t he fabulous to watch as a serious actor? I just spoke to him the other day, because we’re working on Murder Mystery 2. So, unfortunately, you won’t get the serious one next. Because after The Morning Show Season 2, I need to make a comedy role. I’m done. I can’t cry and scream and rage anymore.
You need to be happy.
Yes. We need to laugh. It’s super important, I’ve come to realize.
They’re such family, and they’re so embedded in my heart ’til the day I die.
So, the Friends reunion. Obviously, we all loved it. Do you have a favorite moment? And what was it like filming it?
Oh, it was full of emotions. It was a roller coaster of emotions. It was incredible. By the end of day two, we were all so giddy. I think the best part of it—there wasn’t one thing specifically—was just how instantly we fell right back into our roles of who we are to each other from that. … I mean, we’ve all seen each other on different occasions, but never in the same room together, except for back at my house. They’re such family, and they’re so embedded in my heart ’til the day I die. That was what was so special.
And that’s what made it so good to watch.
Yeah, thank you. So glad. Makes me so happy.
I have added Screencaps of Jennifer in the Morning Show Trailer! Enjoy.
Take a first look at the drama coming to The Morning Show. Season 2 will premiere September 17 exclusively on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_themorningshow
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A new trailer on Apple TV has been released with a teaser for The Morning Show Season 2, I’ve added caps of Jen in the teaser to our gallery!
Apple TV+ released a new trailer promoting its upcoming star-studded slate on Friday as part of the winter Television Critics Association press tour, and in a few blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments, footage from the upcoming season of The Morning Show were sprinkled throughout the two-minute teaser.
In the opening seconds, the camera focuses in on Aniston’s Alex Levy as she sits across an unknown figure, looking as if she’s bracing for what’s coming. Another glimpse sees Witherspoon’s Bradley Jackson leaning against the wall behind her with a distressed expression on her face as she lets out a deep sigh. There are also snapshots of Steve Carell‘s disgraced host, Mitch Kessler, in a car en route to a destination yet unknown and Bradley “cheers”-ing at a fancy dinner party.
Joining Aniston, Witherspoon and Carell in season 2 is new addition Julianna Margulies, who will play Laura Peterson, anchor at UBA News, the umbrella division under which Alex and Bradley’s morning show is housed. Greta Lee, Hasan Minhaj and Ruairi O’Connor are among the new cast members in the ensemble, which includes Mark Duplass, Billy Crudup, Nestor Carbonell, Bel Powell, Karen Pittman and Desean Terry.
Watch the new Apple TV+ trailer below and see if you can spot the Morning Show teases.
Jennifer Aniston has officially crossed over from beloved comedy star to beloved drama actor in the eyes of the Television Academy: She nabbed her first-ever dramatic acting Emmy nomination (for Apple TV Plus’ “The Morning Show”) on Tuesday.
“You did the work. It was just really clear. You were this other person. And you are poised, but it was a different shade of poise, maturity. It was just really thrilling,” Aniston’s former “Friends” costar Lisa Kudrow said to Aniston of her work on “The Morning Show” during Variety‘s Actors on Actors in June.
Aniston credited this to actor and acting coach Nancy Banks, who she called an “incredible woman” with whom she breaks down scripts. “I feel like I’ve discovered a whole new doorway into what we do — into acting — that I’d never, in all the years, even thought about,” she said. “I have a whole new tool belt.”
Aniston’s prior Emmy attention, including her one win to date, was all in the comedy genre. She saw two consecutive noms in 2000 and 2001 for supporting comedy actress for her role as Rachel Green on NBC’s modern classic sitcom “Friends” and then picked up three more consecutive noms for that role in the lead category, starting in 2002. (2002 also marked her first and only Emmy win to date.) Her most recent Emmy nom comes in the guest comedy actress for her turn as an old friend of Liz Lemon’s (Tina Fey) on “30 Rock” in 2009.
This is far from Aniston’s first attention in the role of morning news anchor Alex Levy on Kerry Ehrin’s streaming series, though. During the winter awards season, she scored a Golden Globe nom and a SAG win. That SAG became her first-ever small-screen dramatic statue; she had previously won in the comedy ensemble category for “Friends” in 1996.
On the film side, Aniston’s dramatic work has been celebrated before, with SAG and Golden Globe noms for “Cake” in 2015.
Jennifer has been nominated for Lead Actress in this year’s Emmy Award’s for her role as Alex Levy in The Morning Show, big congrats to Jennifer well deserved!
The #Emmy nominees for Lead Actress In A Drama Series are:
Jennifer Aniston (@TheMorningShow)
Olivia Colman (@TheCrownNetflix)
Jodie Comer (@KillingEve)
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