Jennifer Aniston Talks About Her ‘Awkward’ Phase (You Know, the Years She Was With Brad Pitt)

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Jennifer Aniston Talks About Her ‘Awkward’ Phase (You Know, the Years She Was With Brad Pitt)
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It seems as though whenever Brad Pitt or Jennifer Aniston give an interview, talk turns to their time together. At least indirectly. The latest? Aniston -- who will turn 45 in February -- recently told Parade that her 30s were her "awkward phase." You know, those years that she was married to Pitt?

"I don't think I had a care in the world at 25. That all started in my 30s, my awkward phase," the actress told the magazine. "I'm a little bit of a late bloomer!"

Aniston married Pitt in 2000, when she was 31 years old, and they split in 2005. And while she didn't directly blame her ex for that awkward phase, she has talked about those terrible 30s in the past.

Earlier this year, the former "Friends" star told Glamour interviewer Jason Sudeikis that she had some harsh advice for her 30-year old self: "Go to therapy. Clean up all of the sh-t. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self."

Whoa, that's one bleak critique! Still, did anything good happen during the decade that she was married to "The Counselor" star?

In the past, Pitt has also reflected on those 30-something years, and he paints a similar, toxic picture. In an interview last spring with Esquire, the actor talked about his ten-year transformation, revealing that a decade ago - yep, when he was married to Aniston -- he was just drifting through life and doing "drug damage."

"But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity," he said. "It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany - a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of 'Get up.' Because otherwise, what's the point?"

In 2011, he even told Parade that he felt "pathetic" during his marriage to Aniston: "I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out," he said. "It started feeling pathetic. It became very clear to me that I was so intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself. I think my marriage [to Aniston] had something to do with it: trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't." (Pitt later issued a statement to E Online, saying his comments about his marriage to Aniston were misinterpreted, and that he was the "dull" one, not her.)

Of course, all this talk about being "awkward" and "pathetic," makes us almost forget that these two were the Hollywood power couple of the early 2000s, with Aniston even winning an Emmy during that time. So don't throw a pity party just yet. Besides, both of them are deliriously happy these days.

Pitt has called longtime love Angelina Jolie his "soul mate," and Aniston - who's engaged to Justin Theroux -- capped off her Parade interview with: "They do say youth is wasted on the young, but I feel just as youthful now -- if not more -- than I did when I was 25. I'm more in my body; I'm more in my mind. Life is full. Life is wonderful. We're very, very fortunate."

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