Jennifer Aniston thought she ”wasn’t smart” before being diagnosed with dyslexia. The 45-year-old actress has revealed her dyslexia – which was finally diagnosed in her early 20s – impacted her education and self-image.
She shared: ”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.”
The Cake star admitted it led her to believe she wasn’t very intelligent. She told The Hollywood Reporter: ”I thought I wasn’t smart. I just couldn’t retain anything.”
Meanwhile, Jennifer recently admitted she has always felt a lot of pressure to start a family. The actress – who is engaged to Justin Theroux – said: ”I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women – that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated. I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your [body], but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering – dogs, friends, friends’ children. This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is.”