Jennifer Aniston delivered an emotional speech to teenage girls over the weekend.
The 47-year-old actress was speaking during a Q&A with children and teens from all around the world at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, where she opened up about self-doubt, after being asked if she ever woke up in the morning and didn’t know who she was.
“There are not enough fingers and toes in this entire room to count how many times that moment has happened to me.
“We’re all human beings at the end of the day, whether we’re a waitress or a baker or a student or whatever we are, at the end of the day you kind of can hit walls and think I can’t go any farther,” she told the audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Or this is too much. My heart can’t take it or the pain is too great, or am I good enough? Will I survive?
“And you just have to sort of somehow miraculously overcome. You just go, ‘I can’t, yes I can, yes you can,” she said holding back tears.
Jennifer, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, also said that Hollywood stars and the people we look up to have all felt the feeling of self-doubt before, saying, “there’s nothing that separates us from you”.
“And also know that your actors, your idols, your icons, whatever you call them, have all had that experience or that moment in their lives many, many times.
There’s nothing that separates us from you, because we all started at the same place. We all came out of nowhere. We were all born little innocent empty vessels.
Touching: Jennifer got visibly emotional during her speech | INSTAGRAM
“Don’t punish yourself if you feel that. Go talk to people and seek help and always find something to inspire you.”
The Los Angeles native also urged young women to start having conversations about real issues, and to step away from our phones and social media.
“I think we need to empower women to not just be about dresses and beauty and selfies. We need to start having conversations and put our phones down and get out of social media, take social media brakes.
“That’s why we’re not seeing the right stories being told because everyone is stuck in their phones,” she added.
The news comes after Jen wrote an incredible essay in the Huffington Post, in which she spoke about tabloid rumours, paparazzi and the objectification of women.