Jennifer Aniston on ‘Cake’ Role: ‘I Felt Like I Went Back to Class’

The Hollywood actress discusses her latest role as Claire, a woman suffering from chronic pain.
5:51 | 01/21/15

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Transcript for Jennifer Aniston on ‘Cake’ Role: ‘I Felt Like I Went Back to Class’
We're getting caught up on everything. We are live, Jennifer aniston. We're live. She wants to go upstairs. She likes the little doggies. I need a little puppy love. Are you feeling the love because you in this new role in "Cake," it's not even out yet and all the nominations and all the recognition that you're getting. She plays a Clair, a woman suffering from chronic pain and in this scene she's not happy so learning about a guest coming over for lunch. I make it. You love mine, no? That's not the point. Oh. Oh. Well, what did he say? He say yes good. Yeah, give it up for one of our favorite guests here on "Good morning America." Woo. You wanted this role. You wanted to play Clair, didn't you? Yeah, I really did. I really did. I fell in love with her when I read the script and I just -- you know, it was one of those -- it's kind of that dream role for any arc because there's just so much to explore and what like beautiful human experience to sort of journey with, you know, and to come out at the end with hope, you know, after starting something that's, you know it was a tough one. You can check a lot of bocks with that one. Yeah. You know, as an actor, as app actor. You talk about that and the fact that you were drawn to her but you couldn't necessarily relate to her situation. No, I don't think many people could. I mean it's a pretty -- I find, you know, of course, the human being so extraordinary resilient when you see what some people walk through and then continue to live and life after having something so tragic happen to them and, yeah, it was -- it was something that I related to her humor. I understood that there was, you know, because I for one and I think a lot of us who have kind of gone through difficult times to varying degrees of difficulty find humor as a way to sort of get through it and I also loved that because it felt like I was -- you were getting a window into sort of this former little shadow of who she once was, you know. You had the layers as the movie went on. Oh, no, am I going to be able to get through it and I'm so glad I stayed with it and the hope and that many people are reaching out to you who suffer from chronic pain because they're saying, thank you, because people don't think it's real. No, they don't think it's real. They feel as though, oh, come on, you can fix that or go get help. Stop whining. Stop complaining and it's -- it's very -- there's a lot -- it's been -- it's incredible because the amount of people saying no one has ever told a story about chronic pain and, you know, whether your pain came from a tragedy -- I've had people with shrapnel they're living with and in agony every day they wake up. So many wonderful just saying, I have now so much more compassion and understanding for my mother, for my -- whoever it is in their life that they, you know, were -- had, you know, exposed to who haven kroic pain. It's not something you can get diagnosed because you just are trusting the sufferer. Yeah. And your character really illustrates that very well and it's -- it's very dramatic in how you go about it but I'm sure people who are going through this really appreciate. Isn't it nice that people are talking to you about things like this? Because usually when you come here, how's your hair and it has to be so refreshing to talk about these types of things. I know, it's a wonderful -- it brings up a great discussion and that's what we want to do when we make our movies. I'm not saying -- comedies we love because, god knows we need to love and escape and disappear and have a little fluff here and there but this is also important to me so I'm so grateful to our director Daniel for taking a shot. Yeah. Saying, yeah. Saying, yes. Yes to you and I got to tell you, full disclosure, popped it in, watching it and it ends and I turn it off and "Friends" pops up on my TV. I know, but, no, not just that but shows the rank you have and how much of a joy it must be for you to be not be labeled -- yes we loved you as Rachel but you want to do so much more and you do that with this role. I'm so happy you say that and I think it's -- I was saying also I feel like I went back to class doing this and all of those wonderful acting -- the exploration of a character and all that stuff, it's been so long since I've -- I mean, or ever since I've had something like this to dive that so I'm -- I'm thrilled. Also exciting to keep challenging myself. Feel the love. Feel the love. People are going to see it. "Cake" opens nationwide on Friday. Maybe we'll get her to go upstairs and see the little puppies. I think can you twist my arm on that in final check of the

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