It can be easy to assume that celebrities have it made. How could people who lead such glamorous lives be anything less than confident and content?
But as actress Jennifer Aniston reminded us this weekend, no matter how much money or fame someone may have, they still struggle with the same fears and doubts as the rest of us.
Jennifer was attending the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, where she was presented with a lifetime achievement award. During a Q&A with young fans, she gave an emotional response to a particularly moving question.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a teenage girl asked if Jennifer ever woke up and felt like she didn't know who she was.
"There are not enough fingers and toes in this entire room to count how many times that moment has happened," Jennifer told her.
What she described next is an experience to which countless people can undoubtedly relate:
We're all human beings at the end of the day, whether we're a waitress or a baker or a student or whatever we are, at the end of the day you kind of hit walls and think I kind of can't go any farther. Or this is too much. My heart can't take it or the pain is too great, or am I good enough? Will I survive? And you just have to sort of somehow miraculously overcome. You just go, 'I can't, yes I can, yes you can.'
Jennifer made it clear that these feelings are not exclusive to one type of person. Celebrities, however much we might want to place them on pedestals, are partners in the human experience, and it's not always easy:
And also know that your actors, your idols, your icons, whatever you call them, have all had that experience or that moment in their lives many, many times. There's nothing that separates us from you, because we all started at the same place. We all came out of nowhere. We were all born innocent little empty vessels. Don't punish yourself if you feel that. Go talk to people and seek help and always find something to inspire you.
During the Q&A, Jennifer also encouraged her young fans to work together to "stick up to bullies" and write stories that "empower women."
Earlier this month, Jennifer penned an essay taking a stand against tabloids' scrutiny of female celebrities, which she believes speaks to a larger problem with how society objectifies and devalues women.