Think about Jennifer Aniston, and maybe you think about Rachel on Friends. Her film roles likely don’t jump to mind right away, nor her relationships with Vince Vaughn or John Mayer. What does? Her status as America’s Sweetheart — or rather, America’s Heartbroken Sweetheart.
Ever since 2005, when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie played Mr. & Mrs. Smith (and Mr. & Mrs. Pitt after hours), the world has collectively thrown Jennifer Aniston a pity-party because the “other woman” snagged her dashing hubby. And honestly, is there anyone you could cast more perfectly as the stereotypical mistress temptress than Angelina Jolie? The bee-stung lips, her wild and vaguely dangerous lifestyle, the very real possibility that, deep down, she’s bat-poop crazy. Yeah, Angelina Jolie has had “femme fatale” written all over her for years now, and that stigma never really went away.