Jennifer Aniston Says She Went Through an Awkward Phase in Her 30s (We Investigate)

12/11/2013 at 06:00 AM EST

Jennifer Aniston Parade Interview: Awkward Phase Photos
Jennifer Aniston, 2013
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We'd rather not talk about our awkward phases, mostly because we might still be in them. (Hey you, don't laugh – it's not a mullet, it's a way of life.)

So we were especially impressed when Jennifer Aniston, full name Jennifer "America's Sweetheart" Aniston, openly talked to Parade about hers.

"I don't think I had a care in the world at 25," the actress (and bride-to-be), now 44, tells the magazine. "That all started in my 30s, my awkward phase."

That's odd ... We don't recall Aniston sporting neon scrunchies, recklessly sized sweaters or anything resembling a mullet back in her so-called awkward phase, which would have begun in 1999. Let's investigate.

Here's Jen at 32

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Evidence No. 1

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Aniston was 31 when she tied the knot with Brad Pitt in 2000, and although we probably don't have to remind you what happened next – hint, hint – let's just agree that there was nothing awkward about being the ultimate Hollywood power couple.

Here's Jen at 35

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Evidence No. 2

You guys, there was a reason we put her on the cover of 2004's Most Beautiful issue. Did we mention the reason was obvious, blatant and a no-brainer?

And Jen's Still Not Awkward at 35

Jennifer Aniston Says She Went Through an Awkward Phase in Her 30s (We Investigate)| Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston

Evidence No. 3

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"Look how awkward she looks in her bikini!" said nobody, ever.

Now Here's Jen at 37

Jennifer Aniston Says She Went Through an Awkward Phase in Her 30s (We Investigate)| Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston

Evidence No. 4

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The only thing awkward about this photo is that guy's hand on her back. Seriously, man, hands to yourself, okay?

Wait for It ... Wait for It ...

Jennifer Aniston Says She Went Through an Awkward Phase in Her 30s (We Investigate)| Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston

Evidence No. 5

John Shearer / WireImage

Months later: Nope, still not awkward.



And, no surprise here: Not much has changed.

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