03/02/2012 at 08:00 AM EST
She may have initially made her mark playing New Yorker Rachel Green on Friends
, but that doesn't mean the Big Apple was the right place for Jennifer Aniston
"We tried New York," the Wanderlust star
, referring to herself and Justin Theroux
, said Friday on Australian radio's The Kyle and Jackie O Show
in Sydney, but "it felt like I was [living] in a fishbowl."
And while, "Justin still has an apartment there … It was a little rough with the paparazzi. It didn't feel like the New York I grew up in and knew," notes Aniston, 43, who now calls L.A. home
As a result, Aniston's current happiness level is at "10-plus," she says, and her Zen approach to life is also a contributing factor.
"You have a more relaxed sense of the world and life," she explains, "and you realize there's nothing to be taken too seriously besides doing your work and being a really good person."