Jennifer Aniston: ‘You Don’t Need a Man to Have a Baby’

In her upcoming movie ‘The Switch,’ Aniston plays an unmarried woman in her 40s desperate to get pregnant in a non-traditional way – with a “turkey baster,” her friend jokes in the film.

US actress Jennifer Aniston poses for a photograph at the launch of her new perfume at a department store in London, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Jennifer Aniston does not believe that women have to wait for a man to start a family. In her upcoming movie ‘The Switch,’ Jennifer Aniston plays an unmarried woman in her 40s desperate to get pregnant in a non-traditional way – with a “turkey baster,” her friend jokes in the film.

Speaking at the press conference in the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday for her new movie about artificial insemination, Aniston said that “times have changed” along with the idea of the traditional family. So if that means having one without the man in the picture, that’s okay.

“I’m not freaking out about that,” Jennifer Aniston told at the press conference, when asked if she’s feeling the pressure to have kids. “I’m not.”

“Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child,” Aniston said. “They are realizing if it’s that time in their life and they want this part they can do it with or without that.”

“That,” of course, meaning the man. “It’s happening more and more,” said Aniston. Aniston also explained that in the future she thinks having a baby could start with a click of the mouse.

“I think you’ll be able to go online and build your baby,” the 41-year-old actress answered when asked about her thoughts on artificial insemination.

In ‘The Switch,’ Aniston plays Kassie, a single woman who is desperate for a baby and decides to have artificial insemination to fall pregnant. Her best friend Wally (Jason Bateman), who is in love with her, drunkenly switches the donor sperm with his own, and doesn’t tell her.

Aniston even engaged in one testy exchange with a reporter who insisted that her movie character was being “selfish” having a child without a father-figure in her life. Minutes after the question was asked, Aniston circled back and insisted that family life has “evolved” from strictly “the traditional stereotype of family.”

“The point of the movie is, what is that which defines family?” Aniston said. “It isn’t necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot. Love is love and family is what is around you,” she added.

Aniston also took issue with the word “selfish” in terms of the single woman moving ahead with the decision to have a child. “I don’t think it’s selfish,” she said. “It’s quite beautiful because there are children that don’t have homes that have a home and can be loved. And that’s extremely important.”

Aniston fielded a slew of questions about motherhood in the press conference promoting the movie about the very-topic which has dogged her in the entertainment media for year. She even dutifully answered yet another question about whether she wants to be a mother in the future.

‘Yeah, I have said it years before and I still say it today,’ she said. But will she turn to the ‘turkey baster’ method, like Kassie? ‘I don’t have plans on that, no,’ says Aniston. [via Pop Eater, People and DailyMail (UK)]

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