Jennifer Aniston Covers Elle, Talks Throwing Chairs and Not Being Desperate

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Jennifer Aniston on Elle's November cover

She's got a foxy new man (Justin Theroux), a fab new 'do, and a fierce new attitude. So why are people still pegging Jennifer Aniston as "desperate"?

"It’s not what you read," the Elle November cover girl says about all those baby rumors, while rocking a black Balmain tank with blue and red satin Balenciaga shorts for her fashion-forward Alexei Hay-photographed shoot.

"There’s no desperation. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. I’m at peace with whatever the plan is. But will you hate me if I say I don’t want to talk about my relationship?”

Fine then. Luckily, Aniston is willing to offer up plenty of behind-the-scenes dish in exchange. Like, for instance, that one time she went ballistic on a director ...

"I threw a chair at a director," the Smartwater spokeswoman admits. "It wasn’t my proudest moment. He was treating a script supervisor horribly … When the director walked in, I threw a chair at him. I missed, of course. I was like, 'You can’t speak to people like that.' I can’t tolerate it.”

Who knew? For its Women in Hollywood issue, the magazine also sits down with a who's who of industry icons and ingenues: Viola Davis, Freida Pinto, Evan Rachel Wood, Naomi Watts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Elizabeth Olsen, Barbra Streisand, and DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider.

While a Calvin Klein-clad Olsen proclaims her love of Frank Sinatra, Pfeiffer poses for Dusan Reljin in a '50s-era vintage James Galanos dress as she proclaims that, when it comes to plastic surgery, [she's] "all for a little something here and there—fine."

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See a pattern? Freida Pinto and Evan Rachel Wood get graphic for Elle's Women in Hollywood issue.

Meanwhile, Pinto smolders in a printed Givenchy dress paired with a 3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo jacket while explaining how it feels to be called a "perfect obscure object of desire" by Woody Allen.

"For me, it wasn’t trivializing, but it would be if I did that in film after film," she says. "It gave me the opportunity of exploring the woman I’m not.”

By contrast, Wood—mixing high/low with an American Apparel tee worn with Stella McCartney houndstooth—says she goes for roles that "reflect where I am."

And as for those nude scenes?

"I learned that I needed to control the situation in order not to be too self-conscious," Wood says. "I said to myself, I’m an awesome naked lady, and there’s an energy that I’m going give off right now that lets you know how you’re going to feel about this.”

Confident. We like it!

For more Women in Hollywood, visit Elle online and pick up the November issue, on sale October 18.