Jennifer Aniston struggled to cope up with the wounds left by her broken relationship with her mother. She felt unattractive and insecure.
Be it a mother or a father, when you’re young and growing up, a parent’s love is irreplaceable. A mother’s affection is especially something that every child craves. But it doesn’t always work out as you wished for it to. If you don’t feel seen or heard by someone you look up to for guidance, for a role model, it can leave you wanting to do everything you can to seek their attention. Jennifer Aniston talking about how her relationship with her mother made her feel is something many are able to relate to.
Aniston’s troubled relationship with mother, Nancy Dow started very early and continued even after she made it big in Holywood. It had affected her so much that she played a character in the movie “Dumplin” that very much resembled her mother, a model. “One of the reasons I really loved the mother-daughter aspect of it was because it was very similar in a way to what my mother, and our relationship, was,” said the 50-year-old actress to Huffington Post.
The Hollywood star admitted all she was looking for as a child was to be loved and cared for by her mother. “I did not come out the model child she’d hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me, this little girl just wanting to be seen and wanting to be loved by a [mom] who was too occupied with things that didn’t quite matter.”
For Aniston, all of these started at the age of nine after being abandoned by her father. Left with just her mother, she depended on her mother and looked up to her. After all, she was her only parental figure. But heartbreakingly, Aniston reveals that she never found the comfort and reassurance she sought from her mother.
“She was critical. She was very critical of me. Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn’t. I never was. I honestly still don’t think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine. She was also very unforgiving. She would hold grudges that I just found so petty,” said the actress, recalling her childhood.