Jennifer Aniston opened up to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush about her star-studded 41st birthday celebration, paparazzi on boats and a charity close to her heart, the Friends of El Faro organization. The multi-part interview will begin airing on Access Hollywood on Tuesday, February 9, 2010.
Bush was with Aniston in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where she was celebrating her 41st birthday at the One & Only Palmilla resort with friends, which included Courteney Cox, Jason Bateman, Sheryl Crow, Kathy Najimy and Gerard Butler.
The paparazzi were out in full force, but Aniston and her friends were not letting them ruin the celebration.
“Our gang, our party has been holding up these mirrors in support of helping to sort of disrupt their photographs,” said Aniston.
When Bush asked how turning 41 felt, Aniston joked that they don’t say the number out loud. When Bush joked back and asked how turning 31 felt, Aniston said, “Thirty-one, pssh. It’s quite lovely I have to say. 30 was a hump but you know 31 is fabulous. It really does get better doesn’t it?”
When the topic turned to fellow guest Gerard Butler, who stars with Aniston in the upcoming action comedy “The Bounty Hunter,” Aniston said that they had a great time working together.
“We just had so much fun together you know. He’s just fun. Gerry’s the most unpretentious guy,” elaborated Aniston. “He’s a guys guy, but he’s absolutely the most lovely and sort of self-deprecating and just what you see is what you get. We look at work the same way…we always had each other’s back.”
Aniston also discussed one of the reasons she came back to Mexico to celebrate her birthday, which her friend organized.
“He said to me, ’You come to Mexico all the time and Mexico is really hurting right now because of the swine flu and the drug trafficking and all of this sort of stuff but it’s not all of Mexico,’” explained Aniston. “These people survive on us coming down and spending money and coming here to these beautiful places.
“It sort of made sense to sort of say ‘Hey, let’s help out Mexico,’” continued Aniston. “Let’s shout out to these kids in Tijuana at El Faro and you know, have a big…that’s sort of our birthday celebration this year.”
Aniston was also in Mexico was to launch the Farita doll along with the One & Only Palmilla and her acting coach and friend, Leigh Kilton Smith, where proceeds from sales of the doll benefit the Friends of El Faro organization, which raises funds to aid children at the Casa Hogar Sion orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.
“I have to tell you when you drive up to this place you see these kids come running out and you hear a chorus of (sings), and they are just bright. These kids don’t feel like they are sitting there going, ' Oh my life sucks, look at where I live.’ They have been given a lot of love and they’re getting educated, which is the most important thing for them is to have an education and have knowledge of what they can do.”