As one of the world’s most famous women, Jennifer Aniston is used to being hounded by paparazzi.
But today, for a brief time at least, she appears to have been offered respite as the hotel in which she’s promoting her new movie, We’re The Millers, appears to be paparazzi-free.
Only a handful of journalists have been invited along for a brief interview with the superstar – and strict instructions are dished out beforehand: “No autographs, no pictures and keep questions strictly related to the film.”
Ever the professional despite her status, Aniston arrives on time (a rarity among megastars).
Now aged 44, she’s slim and tanned in a black fitted dress, uber high heels and an impressive sparkler on her left hand (she got engaged to actor Justin Theroux, 42, last year).
As a gentle opener, I ask whether she had fun at the film’s premiere recently.
“Oh, I had a great time,” the actress replies politely. Then comes a voice from the other end of the room. “Sorry, we’ve messed up! We’ve got to cut it there as she needs to do a live radio chat.”
And with that Ms Aniston is whisked away, apologising as she goes.
A short while later she returns. “Sorry about that,” she says, taking a sip of water through a straw. “Urgh, I never feel comfortable doing radio shows.”
It’s a surprise comment from someone who was born into the industry (both her parents were actors and her godfather was the late Telly Savalas), and she herself has been famous for almost half her life.
What everybody wants to know, of course, is whether those wedding and pregnancy rumours are true but, as suspected, Aniston is tight-lipped and we remain in the dark, though I can confirm there is absolutely no hint of a bump.
We’re The Millers is a crude comedy about a small-time drug dealer called David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) who’s forced to head to Mexico in an RV motorhome to collect a ‘smidge’ of drugs for his boss.
Believing the best way to make it over the border without being searched is to pretend he’s on a normal family holiday, he enlists the help of his neighbours – a stripper called Rose (Aniston), a teenage nerd called Kenny (British star Will Poulter) and a moody runaway called Casey (Emma Roberts).
Together they become ‘the Millers’, and the dysfunctional ‘family’ embark on a road trip that involves a pornographic game of Pictionary, a hash ‘baby’ and a rather disturbing spider bite on Kenny’s nether regions.
“We were trying to find something for a while and it just so happened after Horrible Bosses [a previous film] that the same studio had Millers,” says Aniston on collaborating with her close pal Sudeikis.
“I read the script and thought it was a funny concept and a fun ride.”
Aniston admitted recently that she relishes playing bad girls, and apparently kept all Rose’s stripper clothes.
But could she really see herself heading off in a motorhome like the Millers?
“I think it’d be a lot of fun. It would be a great way to escape, if possible, and just disappear.” She says this quietly, but then it must feel like a pipe dream for one of the world’s most famous women.
Leaving the hotel, word of Aniston’s presence is evidently out and the paparazzi is closing in. For Aniston’s sake, let’s hope it’s not too long before she can hit the highway.