Season of Change
Family Life: Married to Brad Pitt since 2000
Best Friends Moment: Giving birth to daughter Emma (on-again, off-again love Ross is the dad)
What's next?: Gearing up a production company with Pitt; an untitled comedy with Ben Stiller in '04
Just because you couldn't see Brad Pitt at the Emmy awards in L.A. on Sept. 21, don't assume he wasn't there. In fact he was – just, um, not for anyone's eyes but his wife's. Although her famous husband was a plane ride away filming the epic Troy in Los Cabos, Mexico, "I actually have a picture of him," Aniston said after the ceremony, "on my underwear."
How's that for keeping the flame alive? Three years after their extravagant Malibu wedding, the Pitts have established themselves as Hollywood's most blissfully-in-love golden couple – and Aniston, 34, has emerged as Friends' biggest break-out talent, earning critical acclaim (in 2002's The Good Girl) and box office success (this spring's $242 million-grossing Bruce Almighty). But to truly appreciate how far she has come, consider that prior to landing the role of material girl Rachel, Aniston's most memorable big-screen turn was playing second fiddle to a demonic elf in 1993's Leprechaun. Even Aniston herself marveled at her change of fortune when Friends bowed 10 years ago. "It's a range of emotions," she said at the time," from excitement to fear to 'Am I fooling everybody?' "
A decade later, the Emmy-winning star is now ensconced in the $13.5 million Beverly Hills mansion she and Pitt recently renovated – though this summer she has spent most of her free time visiting Pitt on the Troy shoot in Malta and Mexico. Until he returns later this month, "any time I have off, I go to Mexico," says Aniston. "It's good for me, 'cause I love chips and guacamole."
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