Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

For the Perfect Festive Party, You've Got to Have Some Mistletoe; Jennifer Aniston May Play a Bit of a Scrooge in Her New Film, but She Couldn't Be More Festive (and Lovely) in Real Life. the Actress Tells JEANANNE CRAIG about Keeping Positive, Feeling like Family on Set, and Why She's All about the Christmas Cheer Friends Must of and Hope Our by with ON THE BIG SCREEN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

For the Perfect Festive Party, You've Got to Have Some Mistletoe; Jennifer Aniston May Play a Bit of a Scrooge in Her New Film, but She Couldn't Be More Festive (and Lovely) in Real Life. the Actress Tells JEANANNE CRAIG about Keeping Positive, Feeling like Family on Set, and Why She's All about the Christmas Cheer Friends Must of and Hope Our by with ON THE BIG SCREEN

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Byline: JEANANNE CRAIG

CHRISTMAS at Jennifer Aniston's house sounds like a pretty magical affair. "Usually there's a Christmas treetrimming party, with hot chocolate and chilli and a bunch of friends. It's fun with family and friends," says the jet-setting actress, blue eyes twinkling. "It's so nice to be home for Christmas."

The perfect festive party involves "great music, good, warm, cosy food, a great fireplace, the right alchemy of people", she adds. "And mistletoe! You've gotta have some mistletoe."

It all sounds as sweet and wholesome as a Friends Christmas special - which couldn't be further from her latest, less-thanclean-cut comedy, ON THE SCRE| Office Christmas Party, about a group of colleagues who stage the messiest, booziest bash imaginable (and must deal with the mother of all hangovers afterwards).

Given recent political events in the United States, 47-year-old Jennifer - a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter - gives a wry smile as she jokes there may have been times lately that have felt like "the worst Christmas party you ever attended, that you wish you could forget".

Rallying herself, the actress, who married actor Justin Theroux in August 2015, adds: "I'm just trying to stay positive.

Jennifer with T. J. Miller, Olivia "You've got to move forward and hope for the best for our country and for everyone in it."

BIG " In Office Christmas Party, Jennifer plays Carol, a toughtalking CEO who tries to close the Chicago branch run by her immature and hedonistic brother Clay (played by comedian T.J. Miller). With jobs and livelihoods at stake, Clay and his right hand man Josh (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and hold an epic do, to impress a potential clien and secure a contract that will save their skin.

As killjoy Carol, Jennifer didn't get to film any of the wild party scenes, but that was fine by her.

"I gotta be honest, I was pretty relieved not to have been part of it," says the star, the picture of healthy living, with glowing skin and those celebrated golden locks.

"It looks fun to watch, but to shoot, those guys were exhausted - and not in a good way, because it was all fake."

Besides, Jennifer did get to cut loose during the shoot, when Carol uses some impressive fight skills against her brother, among other characters.

"I have some fun with T.J., my big, big, big 6ft 5in brother - I got to pretend I was strong enough to kick his bum."

Office Christmas Party marks Jennifer's fifth collaboration with Jason, who she's previously starred alongside in The Break-Up (2006), The Switch (2010), and the Horrible Bosses movies (2011 and 2014).

It's also the second film she and Jason have made with Will Speck and Josh Gordon, who also directed The Switch.

"We're all like family at this point. …

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