Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will soon be seen co-starring in their hugely anticipated new Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show”, and the actresses opened up about the show in a new interview with Britain’s Radio Times.
In “The Morning Show”, Aniston plays a network TV morning show host who finds herself on shaky ground after her longtime co-host (played by Steve Carell) is fired for numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Discussing the plot, Witherspoon was asked whether she’s been on the receiving end of sexual harassment.
“Of course I have. I don’t think there’s a woman in the world who hasn’t. I’ve been doing this for 30 years; it was very normalized when I first started,” she tells Radio Times (via the Daily Mail)
“It was almost a condition of employment to look the other way about comments, or even things that were more egregious,” she adds. “That’s why [‘The Morning Show’] is really interesting — it addresses the systemic abuse of power. How did it get so out of hand?”
Aniston, who previously acted opposite Witherspoon while playing her older sister on “Friends”, admits her experience in that regard has been different.
“I’m aware that I have had a pretty easy time in terms of my experience in the business. But even back on ‘Friends’, it wasn’t so much about women being paid the same as men — some of the women were being paid more,” she explains.
“It was more about, ‘We’re doing equal work and we all deserve to be compensated in the same way.’ I wouldn’t feel good going to work knowing someone was getting x amount and I was getting something greater,” she continues.
“Ashley Judd said something very astute: ‘Who was I going to report it to back then? The invisible DA [District Attorney] of Hollywood?’ Women were siloed off in Hollywood,” adds Witherspoon.
“Usually, there was only one woman in each project, so we weren’t meeting each other or working together,” she explains. “On a film, I’d very frequently be the only woman on set. That was for 29 years of my career. It’s only really changed in the last five years.”
“The Morning Show” debuts on Friday, Nov. 1.