Dolly Parton is a national treasure. This is not an opinion, it is a fact. She is just the best.
You know who else is steadily climbing that list? Jennifer Aniston.
I’m going to let you in a on secret—before I started writing for Pajiba, I was basically indifferent towards Jennifer Aniston. I mean, she seemed fine, but I didn’t give her or her work much thought.
A funny thing happened though, the more I wrote about her, the more I began to actively like her. She seems like a chill lady who enjoys her female friendships, working on interesting projects, and generally living her best life. She’s not out there sh*tting on other people or tearing them down, nor saying bone-headed things in the media. She’s just a woman who likes her job and will promote her projects when the time comes. She keeps it pleasant and professional, and she seems like someone who is probably easy to be around.
So, you can imagine my delight when Dolly Parton herself tweeted this today:
I guess it's always 5 o'clock with Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock! 😉 🥃 https://t.co/FxpfxvbOiR— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 5, 2018
Yes—that’s Dolly doing impromptu tequila shots with Jennifer Aniston, as supplied by Sandra Bullock—because why not? 2018 can bring good things, too…sometimes.
Take that in for a second—Sandra Bullock, a super successful actor in her own right, has shown up for kicks and gigs, to do a round of shots with Dolly Parton and Jennifer Aniston just because. She has nothing to do with the movie they’re promoting (Dumplin’)—she just showed up to support her friends.
My favorite part of the clip is the brief exchange between Aniston and Bullock, over the chaser Bullock supplied.
Aniston: That is delicious!
Bullock: That’s the way you like it, Mama.
It’s a quick moment between two friends (one of whom decided to surprise the other, because we’ve all heard how tedious press junkets are) who clearly know how each other like to drink their booze. That’s strangely intimate for a standard Access Hollywood clip, and a brief glimpse into what Aniston is probably like when the cameras are off her (which to be fair, seems like a close approximation of who she is on-camera, only more candid.)
Dolly Parton. Jennifer Aniston. Sandra Bullock—if you combine their respective careers, it spans over a hundred years. Anyone who follows celebrity gossip even slightly knows what a horrible industry it can be—and yet here are three women who have been doing it for a long time, who genuinely seem to enjoy each other’s company, and are having fun—with nary a scandal between them.
The internet loves to tear female actors down—so you can’t blame these mega-famous women for being guarded. When we do get a rare glimpse of what is behind the shiny-PR façade, and it turns out that these stars seem like decent people you could get along with, it’s a nice moment. It’s not something you get to see very often, and yes, it warmed the cold cockles of my heart this afternoon.
Header Image Source: Access Hollywood