Jennifer Aniston Opens Up to Oprah

Jennifer Aniston Opens Up to Oprah
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updated 09/20/2005 at 09:30 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/2005 01:00PM

In her first TV interview since her marital breakup with Brad Pitt in January, Jennifer Aniston opened up to Oprah Winfrey on Monday.

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Asked, "What are you most looking forward to as you move forward in your life?" Aniston answered: "I love the unknown. I love the discovery of what will be happening and just kind of sitting back and not knowing."

Aniston, 36, also discussed topics ranging from staying in shape ("I'm doing the yoga thing") to living alone ("it's pretty fantastic") on the 20th anniversary of Oprah's daytime show.

As for the million-dollar question, "Are ready to start the whole dating thing again?" Aniston responded with a nod and said, "Yeah!" She also denied rumors that she didn't want to have children. "Do I want babies? Yes I do. I do."

About her impending divorce, the former Friends star said, "I am doing so well," and urged others to follow her lead by moving forward. "You want to say, 'Come on people. Turn the page.'"

As for the biggest lesson she's learned from the divorce? "Living in the moment," Aniston said. "I'm not sitting dwelling about the past or stressing or fretting about something in the future."

Later in the show, Oprah made an announcement of her own: She's committing $10 million of her own money to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. She said she plans to help people rebuild their homes and their lives.

Winfrey also addressed the widely reported incident of her being turned away from the Hermes boutique in Paris this summer. She said the stories, as they appeared in magazines and newspapers, were wrong.

"Shame on anyone who thought that I was upset because I couldn't get into a clothes store to buy a purse," she said. "I was upset because one person at the store was so rude – not the whole company. ... Everybody who has ever been snubbed, you know that is very humiliating."

Winfrey accepted an on-air apology from the U.S. president of the French luxury-goods chain, Robert Chavez, who said he was sorry that the store clerk in Paris didn't recognize Oprah. She, in turn, told Chavez: "I wasn't trying to play that celebrity card."

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