Hollywood – Actress and Producer Jennifer Aniston was among six celebrities who were honored for their humanitarian efforts at the 11th edition of Variety Power of Women luncheon including Awkwafina, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Brie Larson and Dana Walden. Friends star was recognized for her work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Los Angeles where she said her true power means using one’s voice to hold people up and bring them together.
Jennifer Aniston has been in the industry for the past 30 years. The actress said in her heartfelt speech that she has never considered herself powerful.
Aniston said. “It’s a distinction I’ve actually been thinking about a lot lately because that word – ‘power’ and its counterpart, ‘abuse of power’ – keeps coming up in light of what is happening in our country and in our industry, a rebalancing of the scales, I guess you could say.”
She also spoke about her own relationship with the word power. “I remember a parental figure saying to me around the critical age of about 11, after a dinner party, that I was excused from the table because I didn’t have anything interesting to add to the conversation, It stuck with me like painfully worded sentences can and if I’m being honest and I’m being honest because I’m 50 and that comes with the territory, I carried that sentence with me into adulthood. I started meeting all of these people who expressed to me how much the show meant to them and how it lifted their spirits during a bad breakup or got them through an illness. I was just so incredibly moved by that. And I began to change the way I thought about my own voice, and what it meant to have a platform to use it. Right around this time every fall, we shoot the holiday PSA, and I get to spend the day with a family of St. Jude. I always say it’s the best day of the year and the hardest day of the year,” she said, recalling meeting a little girl at a taping a few years ago who asked her, “What is cancer?”