Jen Faces Her Future

01/26/2006 at 12:00 PM EST

Jen Faces Her Future
"She's a great girl, so sweet, so fragile," says a Vaughn pal of Aniston (at Sundance). "She likes his strength."
SARA JAYE WEISS/STARTRAKS
The snow was blowing and the frigid air unforgiving – but the throng jamming Main Street in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 21 didn't care. Inside a Volkswagen SUV making its way up the road sat Jennifer Aniston, in town for the premiere of her low-budget comedy Friends with Money, which opened the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 19.

Sure, in the small ski town she was wearing a parka instead of Prada, and her film debuted at the local high school. But as she headed back from a press conference, Aniston warmed up the afternoon with formidable star power.

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She flashed a dazzling smile, tossed that legendary mane, and, when her car got stuck in traffic, rolled down her window and signed autographs for fans who were probably not that interested in her latest project, in which she plays a pothead who quit her teaching job to become a maid – even if she calls it "a beautifully written and relevant impression of human beings relating to each other."

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