Jennifer Aniston and Gloria Steinem
02/11/2014 at 07:00 PM EST
As tabloid fodder for nearly two decades, Jennifer Aniston
, who celebrates her 45th birthday Tuesday, proved she can take a joke when it comes to perennial rumors about marriage and motherhood.
While conducting an interview with author and activist Gloria Steinem for The Makers Conference
in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif., the actress made a pointed comment.
"The public has a great interest in our personal lives," Aniston said. "I know you've come up against this, and I certainly have too – where being a woman and our value and our worth is basically associated with our marital status or whether or not we have procreated."
Responded the childless Steinem, "Well, I guess we're in deep s–––!"
"That's what I thought," Aniston said with a laugh. "Just wanted to make sure that was the case. That we are, in fact, in deep s–––."
It looked to be a work-a-day birthday week for Aniston and her fiancé of 18 months, Justin Theroux, who on Tuesday was shooting his HBO series The Leftovers
in New York.