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After starring in The Bounty Hunter and approximately 237 other romantic comedies, Jennifer Aniston has decided to make a bold career move -- with a dear friend cheering her on! Aniston told the U.K.'s The Sun that she has a new film in development, and this time, she'll be in the director's chair. "After you get enough movies under your belt you sit back and go 'What's next?'" said Aniston, 41. "It's getting to a time where creatively I want to turn in a different direction."
What a relief! We were starting to worry that the Friends alum's greatest career ambition was hawking her own perfume. Meanwhile, enthused about Aniston's directorial dream is her pal Courteney Cox, 45. "She's already directed a short film," the Cougar Town star reminded E!. "She's amazing. It would be great."
The short film Cox refers to was a 2007 hospital drama called Room 10 (based on a true story), codirected by Aniston and filmmaker friend Andrea Buchanan. While the film wasn't released commercially, costars Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson both raved about working with Aniston. Penn told Oprah Winfrey that the Marley & Me star was "very in tune and a very calm presence...and she being the leader, she was incredible." Aniston, on the other hand, has said jokingly that she makes for a good director because she's "bossy."
In recent years, movie actresses who have gone behind the camera include Drew Barrymore (Whip It, 2009) and Sarah Polley (Away from Her, 2006); both received critical kudos, if not box-office success. With this year's welcome success of Kathryn Bigelow (who took the Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, which also won Best Picture), we're definitely ready to see more talented women taking the helm!
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