TORONTO (AFP) – The typically poised and polished Jennifer Aniston says she let herself “fall apart” to play a woman in chronic pain in her new film “Cake”.
The actress – perhaps most famously known for her role on hit TV show “Friends” – said she immersed herself in her character.
“I let myself pretty much fall apart physically and that was real-ly important for me, emotionally and physically,” Aniston said during the Toronto International Film Festival. “I pretty much lived and breathed these people for the five weeks that we were doing it.”
Aniston said she spent a fair amount of time preparing for the role of Claire, a physically and mentally scarred woman in a chronic-pain support group who begins to probe the suicide of a group member, played by Anna Kendrick.
“I did quite a lot of homework,” Aniston said. “I have two girlfriends who have suffered from chronic pain and one who is actually a dear friend and a stunt woman who experienced a very severe accident and became addicted to pain meds.”
The actress said she asked those women about how they coped with their pain, and also spoke to doctors about the medication that would be taken by the character she played. “For me it was really important to be true to what the medicine that I was taking physically would be doing to my body and at what point,” she explained.
“That was actually kind of my biggest challenge as we were shooting out of order – having a ledger of where I was in my pain management and my physicality.”