Aniston, who celebrated her 51st birthday earlier this week, told Bullock: "that was the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me," before diving into the question.
“I think that it comes from growing up in a household that was destabilised and felt unsafe, watching adults being unkind to each other, and witnessing certain things about human behaviour that made me think: ‘I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to experience this feeling I’m having in my body right now. I don’t want anyone else that I ever come in contact with ever to feel that.’”
She continued: “So I guess I have my parents to thank. You can either be angry or be a martyr, or you can say, ‘You’ve got lemons? Let’s make lemonade.’”
Aniston has spoken previously about her complicated relationship with her mother, actress Nancy Dow, likening it to the one that was portrayed in her 2018 Netflix film, Dumplin’.
"One of the reasons I really loved the mother-daughter aspect of ["Dumplin'"] was because it was very similar in a way to what my mother, and our relationship, was. She was a model and she was all about presentation and what she looked like and what I looked like," Aniston told The Sunday Telegraph in 2018.
"I did not come out the model child she'd hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me, this little girl just wanting to be seen and wanting to be loved by a mum who was too occupied with things that didn't quite matter."
This article originally appeared on marie claire.