Jennifer Aniston lookalike visits 100 countries as part of breast cancer bucket list but still to meet her celebrity idol
A Jennifer Aniston lookalike has visited nearly 100 countries as part of her breast cancer bucket list – but her number one hope is to meet her celebrity idol.
Jennifer, 46, started working as a doppelganger a decade ago after being constantly asked for pictures by strangers who thought she was the Friends star.
Since then she’s appeared in magazines, the Eminem video ‘We Made You’ and was even been booked by a Swedish Royal Couple who wanted to pretend they were best friends with Jennifer Aniston.
Jennifer, from Texas, USA, is confused for the real deal wherever she goes and claims national publications have printed her picture instead of the celebrity
Six years ago Jennifer reinvigorated her bucket list that she started in her younger years after finding a grape sized lump under her arm that would later be diagnosed as breast cancer.
She was given the all clear after a lumpectomy to remove the deadly cells but it returned last year.
To give herself the best chance of survival the mum-of-one had a partial mastectomy in 2015 and is awaiting test results to find out if she needs more surgery.
Since her diagnosis she’s been determined to make as many memories as she can with her daughter and the pair have visited nearly 50 countries together out of the almost 100 Jennifer has been to.
Together they have visited Amsterdam, Malta, Brussels, Cambodia, Laos, Taiwan, Australia, Fiji, London, Carribbean, Mexico, Ireland, Hawaii, Copenhagen and other places.
Jennifer has hiked Machu Picchu, travelled to Tokyo to try sushi, visited the Blue Lagoons in Iceland and more, but she says at the top of her bucket list is meeting her celebrity idol.
Jennifer said: “I want to give my daughter a lot of memories, that way if I don’t beat cancer she’ll have a lot of memories with her Mum, the Jennifer Aniston lookalike.
“Doctors are more concerned this time around because of the cancer reoccurring in the same area, I don’t know how long I have left but I’m not going to let it stop me.
“The cancer scares have made me realise how short our lives are and you never know what’s going to happen, so you have to live life to the fullest.
“Some people never leave their hometown and don’t really live, they just exist, I realised life is short so I’m trying to do as much as I can.
“Since being diagnosed with cancer I am more determined to experience all I can and live to the fullest, I want to make memories with my daughter in case I do pass away.
“She’s been with me to more than 40 countries now and she’s only 14, which is pretty incredible, during the trips we’ve taken lots of pictures and made a lot of amazing memories together.
“We’ve been to see the wonders of the world, waterfalls, mountains, beaches and experience various cultures wherever we go; I don’t intend to stop.
“I’ve already tried fresh sushi in Tokyo, hiked Machu Picchu, seen a show at the Sydney Opera House, the blue lagoon in Iceland, a safari in Kenya, seen the snake and cobra charmers in Marikesh.
“I have an insatiable bucket list and it will not end until I pass.
“My ultimate number one would be to meet Jennifer Aniston and my dream would be for her to play me in a movie as a celebrity look alike single mum fighting cancer, which is a long shot but you never know what will happen.
“I’ve never met the real Jennifer Aniston but amusingly some tabloids have used my picture online instead of hers in the past, they used one of my photos with the headline “Jennifer Aniston is having John Mayer’s baby”.
“Up until the age of six my daughter believed it was me on the front covers of all the magazines instead of Jennifer Aniston and always used to ask why I wasn’t with her dad, which was sweet.
“I never aspired to be a lookalike, I have two graduate degrees and work in finance, so being Jennifer Aniston is like my double life.
“I go from doing very mundane meticulous work to the glamour of being a celebrity for a few hours.
“I was once hired by a royal couple from Sweden who wanted to pretend they were close friends with Jennifer Aniston, so I had to be her for the whole night even in front of celebrities.
“Being Jennifer has allowed me to live life to the fullest, I’ve been able to fly to a lot of places due to my work, my goal is to exceed 100 countries – I’m only three away now.
“My mantra is not to let life stop you from living, being Jennifer Aniston and my bucket list are part of that for me, it’s exciting and gives me something to look forward to and not focus on cancer.”
Jennifer charges up to $5,000 for an appearance and at her peak was getting as many as 20 bookings a year.
To try to separate normal life from role playing, she dyes her hair dark to keep people from stopping her to ask if she’s Jennifer Aniston.
“I try to live a normal life out of the spot light, I get confused for her whether that’s in restaurants, on the street, in airports everywhere.
“Once in Istanbul six teenage boys came up to me, I thought they wanted me to take a picture of them, but because they thought I was Jennifer Aniston each of them wanted a photo with me.”
Despite their facial and body likeness, Jennifer maintains she’s very different from the celebrity.
She added: “By nature I’m more of an introvert and very calm, whereas Aniston has high energy and is very demonstrative so I had to condition myself to be more like her.”
Her agent Denise Vlasis attribute’s Jennifer’s success to nailing the star’s sense of humour, mannerisms and glamour.
Denise, of Tribute Productions, said: “Jennifer has an amazing amount of determination, drive, courage and faith and I deeply admire her
“I have watched her journey and can only say how incredibly inspiring she is to not only the lookalike industry, but to everyone who knows her.
“She has a fighting spirit and has overcome so many surgeries and health scares with grace and integrity – I admire her tremendously and think she is an amazing soul.”
It’s estimated that there are one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes, the risk is signficantly increased if a mother or sister has had it.
For more info visit: www.breastcancer.org
SOME OF THE HIGLIGHTS FROM JENNIFER’S BUCKET LIST Yosemite national park, California Olympia, Greece Rockefeller center Tivoli Gardens Rome Bridge of sighs Venice, Italy Blue Lagoon, Iceland Rome Colosseum Kuang Si Falls, Laos Caribbean Cruise Tulum Mayan ruins, Mexico St. Eustache, Paris, France Sistine Chapel The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen Denmark, Copenhagen Dublin, Ireland Big Ben and Wesminster Abbey, London Atlantis Bahamas Santorini, Greece Rembrandt’s The Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Times Square, NYC.