Streaming consciousness: Aniston and Witherspoon are ‘in control’
The stars of a new TV drama are flourishing in a new tech era as they take back their own image ‘narrative’
At the beginning of our interview, Jennifer Aniston is not on social media but, by the end of it, she is. The former Friends star is sitting in a room with Reese Witherspoon, her co-star in The Morning Show, Apple’s first foray into the streaming business.
Aniston’s blue eyes widen when she hears Witherspoon talk about how direct access to the public via Twitter and Instagram has changed her world. “Last year,” says Witherspoon, who is wearing a candy-pink trouser suit that matches the cover of her iPhone, “they reported that Jennifer Garner and I were both pregnant, on the cover of a tabloid. So she and I just decided to post it on our social media. I asked her direct: ‘Say, Jen, are you pregnant? Because I’m not. Wouldn’t that be cute though if we had babies at the same time?’ And it was gone.”
“Just like that?” says Aniston, in her own (black) trouser suit. “Just like that,” says Witherspoon, who has notched up 19.5 million followers on Instagram. “Fifteen years ago [our image] was prescribed by a journalist. Now we have the chance to be in control of our own narrative.”..