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That's the message the Wanderlust star conveys in a new interview with GQ, also attended by costar and longtime friend Paul Rudd. And, while Aniston won't elaborate on the talk of eloping with boyfriend Justin Theroux, the 43-year-old does say that children aren't off the table; she just feels that having a baby isn't something she needs to do at this point in her life.
"I still kind of go with, if it happens, it happens. I'm calm and peaceful with whatever the plan is," Aniston says. It's not something where I'm going, I gotta have a kid!'"
That being said, it annoys her when people try to tell her she needs a husband and children to be happy. "Part of the picture-perfect life? I think that's sort of cliche, isn't it? Like, if you want to be happy, you should have the house, the husband, the kids... Kids are messy!" she says. And Rudd, 42, agrees. "Having two, I can verify this," he quips.
So where did all the pregnancy rumors come from? Aniston thinks they started after she kicked her cigarette addiction.
"Well, I recently quit smoking, and you do put on some extra pounds. It makes a difference, especially if you're not 20," she explains. "I think people maybe want me to have a kid now."
Aniston, who divorced Brad Pitt in 2005, also shares her thoughts on marriage -- although all she'll say about her relationship with Theroux is that "we got a dog." Still, Jen does have strong feelings on what it takes to make a marriage work -- and not work.
"It's a growing, literally living thing. There's going to be growing pains, there's going to be awkward moments -- your lanky phase, your pimpled phase. I think that's the beauty of a relationship," she says. "But if the road starts to (diverge) and one person is growing this way and the other is growing that way... Sometimes that can happen and you can stay together, and sometimes you can't."
As for Rudd, he seems a bit confused by all this talk of marriage and kids. "I literally thought for the last 20 minutes that we'd been talking about dog urine," he jokes at the interview's conclusion. "I'm totally turned around."