Ever wish you knew then what you know now? Jennifer Aniston has a words of wisdom to give her younger self. In a new interview with Glamour magazine, the 44-year-old says that while she'd tell her teen self not to "try so hard, pay attention, do your homework, go to class," she doesn't have as much advice to give to her 20-something self. In the mag's September issue, Aniston told interviewer Jason Sudeikis: "Not to fret so much. I did OK in my twenties."
But she had harsher advice for the 30-something Jen: "Go to therapy. Clean up all of the sh-t. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self."
Whoa, sister….weren't those the Brad Pitt years?
While Jen concluded with the sentiment that it's never too late to c'mon and "get happy," other celebs have their own advice for their younger selves.
"Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh has said she'd tell her young self: "Don't worry so much. Don't try so hard. And don't listen to anybody." (Sounds like her "Grey's" character, Cristina Yang, talking!)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus told Redbook, "Wouldn't we all love to be able to take what we know now and give it to ourselves 10, 15, 20 years ago? On the other hand, the journey of getting to where we are now is kind of fabulous, so... I guess really the bottom line is, 'Trust your instincts.'"
Oprah Winfrey actually penned a letter to her 20-year-old self. The OWN head honcho wrote: "You've spent too many days and years trying to please others and be what they wanted you to be. You will have to learn that the wounds of your past damaged your self-esteem…Knowing there is a 'high calling' is what will sustain and fulfill you."
Kelly Ripa has advice for her young mom self. She told Good Housekeeping: "Appreciate every second, even when you're exhausted. I remember when Michael was 14 weeks old and I was thinking, I can't wait until he's 14 so I can sleep through the night. You don't sleep through the night when they're 14. You stay awake for other reasons. The worries become so much more significant and bigger…When they're 14 weeks old, you can cradle them."
And then there's Tom Cruise. Earlier this year, the 51-year-old actor told Access Hollywood he'd tell his up and coming self: "I'd just say, 'Just stay the course.' I've always wanted to do this, my whole life. And I've never taken it for granted and I can honestly say that and it's such a joy for me to be able to entertain people and make movies. And I think I would just say the same thing, 'Stay the course man.'"
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