Jennifer Aniston without makeup in Cake has surprised viewers of her new film, but the actress felt liberated that she didn’t have to sit in a chair each day.
The actress said the only time she had to wear face paint for her downbeat role during the 25-day shoot in Los Angeles was when they “put scars on my face,” according to YAHOO. In fact the 45-year-old didn’t appear to have much makeup on for a recent Q&A during Deadline’s The Contenders series at the DGA Theater on Saturday.
“It was so fabulous, and so dreamy and so empowering and liberating.”
Jennifer Aniston without makeup in Cake is for a special role she plays. The film, premieres on Monday afternoon at the Toronto Film Festival, features a breakthrough performance. It’s about a woman who suffers from chronic pain.
To inhabit the character, Jennifer Aniston went through an arduous rehearsal process, according to the film’s director Daniel Barnz. She interviewed patients of the condition and watched documentaries.
“She also really worked the timbre of her voice and settled on something more gravelly than the Jennifer Aniston we know.”
Aniston earned some of the best reviews of her career at the Toronto International Film Festival for her performance in Cake. She plays the role perfect, as a scarred woman reeling from a recent tragedy, who shuts everyone close to her out of her life in order to cope with the pain. This role could land her an Oscar.
It won’t be difficult for Jennifer Aniston to earn an award. The film will get an Oscar-qualifying run, following the surprise announcement that the film’s been acquired for U.S. distribution by Cinelou Releasing, a new prestige label with plans to release up to four films over the next year. The film will have a one-week qualifying run in December, followed by an expansion in January.
Jennifer Aniston has never been nominated for an Oscar before, but her performance received a standing ovation in September. That is a start of something big for the upcoming Oscars. Aniston is mega-talented, but we’ve never seen the whole range of her extraordinary comic and dramatic abilities showcased in one role.
While Jennifer Aniston goes without makeup in Cake, she was a surprise guest at the sold-out Q&A event, according to Examiner. Not only does she play a woman trying to live with chronic pain, but the script is serious. The woman is also obsessed with the suicide of one of her peers in a pain support group.
“It’s our little love project … When I read the script, I was ready to disappear.”
But just as the cameras started to roll, Barnz asked Aniston to take a big risk. He didn’t want her to wear any makeup onscreen. “Not a stitch,” he says (although he did allow for Chapstick). The road to make “Cake” was as unusual as a 45-year-old star leaving her glam squad at home.
“You can see the wrinkles in her face and the pores. She’s not wearing makeup because that’s true to the character: this is a woman who doesn’t take care of herself.”
In recent film reviews, Jennifer Aniston is described as giving a “diverting” and “sturdy and honest” performance.
Despite Jennifer Aniston without makeup in Cake, and the tragedy her character faces, the film offers a few laughs, notes The Inquisitr. Think “Bad Santa” with Valium instead of booze. This movie features some of the best acting Aniston has done in years.