Dr. Oz: Jennifer Aniston Cake
The incredibly talented Jennifer Aniston came by Dr. Oz to talk about her new movie Cake. In the new movie, Jennifer Aniston plays a drug-addicted woman suffering from pain that just won’t go away. It’s estimated that as many as 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, making this a critical issue.
In Cake, Jennifer Aniston’s character is a physical and emotional wreck after an accident leaves her with incredible pain. She pops painkillers to cope and goes to great lengths to satisfy her addiction. Jennifer Aniston’s role is even earning her Oscar buzz.
Dr. Oz: Jennifer Aniston Chronic Pain
Jennifer Aniston began her interview by telling Dr. Oz how much she loved him and how she and her fiancé, actor Justin Theroux, DVR Dr. Oz’s show every day.
Dr. Oz asked Jennifer Aniston what made her want to play such a complex, dark role. Jennifer Aniston said this story was beautifully written and she felt a need to play the role to challenge herself and understand it. She said the trauma and loss the character goes through is compelling, especially with the physical and emotional pain she went through every single day.
Jennifer Aniston did a lot of research for the role, talking to doctors and patients with chronic pain. Jennifer said there was so much she didn’t understand about chronic pain before that. She said these people with chronic pain often suffer in silence, with people not really believing them or not thinking it’s as serious as it is.
She also said there are many women between the ages of 30 and 60 are addicts due to pain medications.
Dr. Oz: Jennifer Aniston’s Stunt Double’s Battle with Pain
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Jennifer Aniston talked to her friend Stacey to help her research chronic pain and addiction. Stacey is also Jennifer’s stunt double and an accident survivor who suffered through years of chronic pain.
While scuba diving in Hawaii, a boat propeller shredding Stacey’s leg, leaving her with chronic pain and depression. She also developed an addiction to the medication that eased her pain. So she helped Jennifer Aniston research her role.
Stacey explained that she had a difficult journey and when she began relying on the pain addiction, she had no idea she’d have so much trouble stopping the medication. Stacey was also the stunt coordinator on Cake and she’s completely back.
Dr. Oz: Jennifer Aniston Becoming Another Person
Jennifer Aniston breathes differently and moves slowly in the movie. Dr. Oz noted that Jennifer’s eyes are usually very alive and sparkling, but they were dead in this movie. Jennifer said she concentrated on the idea of what it would feel like if every movement she made caused her agonizing pain. She also said for the character, this pain was a daily reminder that what she survived she felt she shouldn’t have survived.
Jennifer stopped exercising for the movie and ate differently. She found herself moody without exercise and was hungry a lot. She embraced the different mindset she had from not exercising to use it for the role.
Dr. Oz: Jennifer Aniston Oscar Buzz
Dr. Oz asked her what it felt like to have Oscar buzz for the movie. Jennifer Aniston said she never expected to ever be in that kind of conversation, but she’s very excited about it. She said she was also proud of everybody who put their heart and soul into the movie. Cake opens nationwide on January 23, 2015.
Dr. Oz: Jennifer Aniston Trouble Sleeping
Dr. Oz said because Jennifer Aniston watches the show, he wanted to give her the chance to ask him any question she wants. Jennifer Aniston said she had a tough time sleeping because her mind is always racing. She has an app on her phone that lets her track her sleep rhythms and it says she doesn’t quite ever get into the deep sleep.
Dr. Oz: Electronics & Alcohol Mess with Sleep
Dr. Oz said when most people go to bed, there are things they do that mess them up. The first one was electronics. The actual physical light from the electronics stimulates the brain and keeps you awake. Dr. Oz said that if the electronics are within five feet of you when you sleep, it messes with your sleep cycle.
It also turns out that when you drink wine, it makes you sleepy, but as your body metabolizes it, it really messes with your deep sleep. Once it’s metabolized, the body bounces back and it will wake you up.