Oscars Round Table: Jennifer Aniston dishes on her ‘drunk singing’ in ‘Cake’

Jennifer Aniston talks about drunk singing for her role in “Cake.”

Part of the art of acting lies in navigating the subtleties of and transitions between emotions. From scene to scene and moment to moment, an actress may find herself laughing, crying, shouting, whispering or … drunk singing?

Indeed, at least for Jennifer Aniston in the Daniel Barnz-directed drama “Cake,” which finds her portraying a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a member of her chronic-pain support group.

In this clip from the first episode of Epix and the Los Angeles Times’ five-part series “Hollywood Sessions,” Aniston talks about her “drunk and on-the-verge singing” scene.

“I wasn’t actually supposed to sing along with it,” Aniston recalls. “They did playback of it and it was Billy Joel’s ‘Honesty,’ and so you couldn’t help but do the stupid imitation of pretending to know the words, but you don’t know the words.” (Watch Aniston do just that in the video above.)


She adds, “We did have a lot of light moments, and that was definitely one of them.”

Check back for more clips of Aniston and fellow guests Emily Blunt, Shailene Woodley, Jessica Chastain and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and tune into the first episode of “Hollywood Sessions” on Epix at 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

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