Jennifer Aniston Makes Peace With Mom

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Nov. 9, 2005 — -- Jennifer Aniston says that in the aftermath of the breakup of her marriage to Brad Pitt, she has rekindled her relationship with her estranged mother, actress Nancy Dow, who wrote a tell-all book about her daughter.

"Yeah, it's been really nice," she said of the reconciliation after nine years of estrangement. "It's been really nice. It's crazy what, you know, your life kind of being turned upside down will lead you to. … For us it's … it was the time, and it was going to happen when it was supposed to happen. So this is good. It's baby steps."

Now that she is single again, it is time for the 36-year-old Aniston to plan out the next chapter of her life. She says she's looking to find how "to better my quality of life."

"That may mean I don't do this forever," she told "Good Morning America." "I may not act forever.

"I want to go back to Greece," she said. "I've never been to Ireland or Scotland. ... [A] lot of places I'd like to go. Big world out there."

She said she is at ease with herself and her looks. "I absolutely go in and out of shape. I don't gain 10 pounds, but I go soft," she said. "Don't we all? Come on."

As far as she can see, there is no botox -- which has become the rage in Hollywood -- in her future. But she wouldn't rule it out.

"Let me say this: I have no idea if I won't be sticking a needle in my head either," Aniston, an avid yoga practitioner said. "I'm not saying I'm against it. I'm just saying people can do whatever they want to do."

Aniston said she still talks to Pitt. Their divorce was finalized on Oct. 2.

"That's very peaceful. It's a really peaceful thing. That's another thing … people want it to be this war and this mean, terrible, shallow thing that's just playing like some soap opera or story line, and it's just not. So, yeah, pleasant, done."

Aniston has been busy with work and is currently promoting "Derailed," a sexy psychological thriller that hits theaters Nov. 11. In the film, Aniston sheds her "girl next door" image to play Lucinda, a manipulative and unhappy woman, who has an affair with a man she meets on a train, played by Clive Owen.

"I loved that," Aniston said of playing a different type of character. "It was a bit unnerving at first. You know, it's not … what I normally do. But I had a ball."

Aniston has another film coming out this holiday season. In the Rob Reiner-directed comedy, "Rumor Has It," Aniston plays Sarah Huttinger, a journalist who is convinced her family was the inspiration for the film "The Graduate."

Aniston recently finished filming "The Break Up," with Vince Vaughn, whom Aniston is rumored to be dating. She would not confirm a romance.

"Pictures are the pictures," she said. "He's my friend -- absolutely -- dear friend."

Both Aniston and Pitt have moved out of the 14,000-square-foot house he designed -- a house with famously uncomfortable furniture. Aniston has settled into a home in Malibu with her new dog, Norm.

"I call it the 'doll house,'" Aniston said. "It's absolutely gorgeous, especially at this time of year. It's a crisp sky and, you know, if we wake up on a clear morning, and then I take little Norm out for a walk, have a little coffee on the deck."

Aniston said she has changed in the year since her split with Pitt.

"I'm a little, just more relaxed, a little more comfortable," she said. "I don't know if that's having a comfortable couch, I don't know if that's having a comfortable perspective. I don't know."