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Contrary to what the tabloids say, Jennifer Aniston has not spent the past 10 years frantically plotting to have a baby. In a "Women in Hollywood" feature for Elle magazine, Aniston, 42, says she'd be happy to start a family -- "but it's not what you read."
"There's no desperation," she explains. "If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. I'm at peace with whatever the plan is."
The actress, who has yet to speak about her much-publicized relationship with 40-year-old actor Justin Theroux, then adds: "But will you hate me if I say I don't want to talk about my relationship?" (Ha! We can just picture that poor reporter's face falling.)
One thing Aniston does want to talk about is the time she stood up to an obnoxious male director -- by throwing a chair at him!
"It wasn't my proudest moment," she says. "He was treating a script supervisor horribly... When the director walked in, I threw a chair at him. I missed, of course. I was like, 'You can't speak to people like that.' I can't tolerate it."
Other Hollywood women featured in the Elle piece include Naomi Watts, Barbra Streisand, Evan Rachel Wood, Viola Davis, Freida Pinto, Michele Pfeiffer, Dreamworks CEO Stacey Snider, and up-and-coming actress Elizabeth Olsen. No topic was off-limits, including plastic surgery, sexism and love scenes.
"I'm all for a little something here and there -- fine," says Pfeiffer, 53, when asked about cosmetic surgery. "It doesn't matter to me if people have plastic surgery or they don't, or if they do Botox. But when people don't look like themselves anymore, that's when you kind of go, 'Oooh,' and it's kind of sad. It's uncomfortable for us, but if they're happy with what they see in the mirror, does it matter?'"
And Wood, 24, shares her secret for doing nude scenes. "I learned that I needed to control the situation in order not to be too self-conscious," she says. "I said to myself, I'm an awesome naked lady, and there's an energy that I'm going give off right now that lets you know how you're going to feel about this."
On a more serious note, The Help star Viola Davis points out that Hollywood has a long way to go when it comes to casting women of color.
"The money changed (since my Oscar nomination)," says Davis, 46. "The visibility changed. The quality of the roles? No. I've been blessed to have been cast in some imaginative roles, but there's generally a lack of opportunity for women of color in Hollywood."