Jennifer Aniston was honoured on Wednesday at The Hollywood Reporter‘s Women In Entertainment gala with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award.
To start off, Steve Carell gave a sweet speech introducing Aniston.
“Sherry Lansing has personified integrity, fearlessness and conviction of purpose as a leader in the entertainment industry, and as a humanitarian. And I can think of no one who better exemplifies those traits than Jen,” Aniston’s “Morning Show” co-star said. “Jennifer Aniston is more talented, nicer and generous than any of us.”
Aniston then took to the stage where she looked back at the early days of her career.
“If I went back in time to my 19-year-old self, waitressing tables in New York and auditioning for every off, off, off, off, not-even-close-to-Broadway show and someone came up to me and said, ‘One day, you’ll be receiving The Sherry Lansing Leadership Award,’ I would’ve looked at them like they were crazy and said, ‘Who’s Sherry Lansing?’” she joked.
The actress remembered meeting Lansing near the end of “Friends” who questioned what she wanted for her future.
“I’ve thought about Sherry’s question through the years as my ‘future’ unfolded — and I’ve got to tell you, I never could have predicted half of what happened, or what reportedly has happened, according to the tabloids,” Aniston said. “But this question about ‘my future’ and what I imagined for it, has been like a riddle I’ve been trying to solve through the years.”
Remembering how a numerologist told her she was a “late bloomer”, she questioned, “Maybe I haven’t done my best work yet, as an artist or as a human being. Maybe I am just beginning. So, I started to embrace this idea of being a ‘late bloomer’ … of, just beginning.”
Aniston went on to embrace that the best is yet to come and how thankful she is to have so much support.
Aniston’s friend Adam Sandler was among those who had nothing but praise for the star in The Hollywood Reporter‘s article.
He gushed, “She’s certainly not afraid to have me show up on a set, and in my trailer is a whole bunch of whatever shake I should be drinking and it’s usually green. And I actually drink it so I can look her in the eye.
“She and my wife have a nice time tag-teaming to try to make me a healthier human being. Like, they want me to stretch more — eventually be able to touch my toes, which I’m about nine inches away from.
“But Jen’s also just funny as hell, and she makes you happy. When we go to parties with her, there’s no leaving the party. At 1 in the morning, I’ll say to my wife, ‘We’re going to keep going, huh?'”
The pair starred in 2011’s “Just Go With It” and 2019’s “Murder Mystery” together.