19 Oct 2021 3:09 AM +00:00 UTC

Jennifer Aniston Heartbreak: The Morning Show Star Says Her Dyslexia Made Her Believe She’s Not Smart

Jennifer Aniston previously revealed that she was diagnosed with dyslexia in her 20s.

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However, it took Jennifer Aniston years to understand that being diagnosed with a learning disability didn't mean that she was not smart.

Jennifer Aniston Reveals How She Found Out She Had Dyslexia

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While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, The Morning Show actress revealed that she doesn't read much because of her dyslexia. The diagnosis impacted her education and self-image for years.

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"The only reason I knew [that I had it] was because I went to get a prescription for glasses. I had to wear these Buddy Holly glasses. One had a blue lens and one had a red lens. And I had to read a paragraph, and they gave me a quiz, gave me 10 questions based on what I'd just read, and I think I got three right. Then they put a computer on my eyes, showing where my eyes went when I read. My eyes would jump four words and go back two words, and I also had a little bit of a lazy eye, like a crossed eye, which they always have to correct in photos," Aniston said.

Before being diagnosed with dyslexia, Aniston always thought that she wasn't smart because she didn't perform well in school.

And after she found out about her learning disability, the actress said that all her traumas, tragedies, and dramas while growing up were finally explained.

Jennifer Aniston Was Bullied In School

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During an interview with People, Aniston also said that her high school life was tragic.

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"You know, you're experimenting. It was the '80s, and I looked like a Goth nightmare. I wasn't going for most beautiful. It was — how can I be the most rebelliously unattractive?" she said.

And during a more recent interview, the Friends star revealed that she used to be bullied by her schoolmates.

"I was one of those kids who got sort of bullied, and I don't know why. I was one of the kids who the others would decide to make fun of. It was an odd period of time during the fifth, sixth, seventh grades. I was a little on the chubby side, so I was just that kid," Aniston said.

Aniston also admitted that her childhood was such a vulnerable time because she believed all the criticisms that other people threw at her. Luckily, there were no social media platforms at the time, so Aniston didn't have to deal with that additional pressure.

The Actress's Life Right Now

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But despite all her struggles growing up, Aniston turned out great. She's one of the most famous actors of her generation.

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Aniston played the role of Rachel Green in Friends for years. And she also starred in a slew of movies thereafter.

Some of Aniston's biggest movies are We Are the Millers, The Bounty Hunter, The Switch, Horrible Bosses, and more.

The actress currently stars in Apple TV's hit series, The Morning Show Season 2. In the show, Aniston plays the role of Alex Levy, one of the best new anchors at UBA who's struggling with both her personal and professional life.

New episodes of The Morning Show Season 2 are released weekly by Apple TV.