Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman Talk About "The Switch

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Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman The Switch Press Conference

Having played a mother in this movie, do you want to be a mother yourself?
Jennifer Aniston: "Yeah."

Jason Bateman: "Are you hitting on her right now?"

Jennifer Aniston: "Yeah, I’ve said it years before. I’ve said it, I still will say it. That’s today, yeah."

Will you do it like in the movie with a donor?

Jennifer Aniston: "I don't know. I don’t have plans on that, no."

Do you think the character in this movie, doing everything by herself, is the example of the modern woman?

Jennifer Aniston: "I think women are realizing... Well, more and more I think women are knowing they don’t have to settle. They don’t have to just settle with a man just to have that child. I think they’re realizing if it’s that time in their life and they want this part they can do it, with or without that. I think it’s just sort of happening more and more. People aren’t having kids in their 20s, so times have changed. And that’s also what I think is amazing, that we do have so many options these days as opposed to in our parents’ generation which when if they were told, 'You can’t have children,' or 'You’ve waited too long,' that’s it. Their only option was adoption."

What’s the role of the boyfriend or husband if the woman can do everything herself?

Jennifer Aniston: "Oh, I don't know. I mean, I don't think it’s about the handyman or the electrician. I think it’s about really finding that person that means something and not settling.

We know a lot of single people are happy as a lark. We know a lot of married people pretty much not as thrilled as they would like to be."

Jason Bateman: "There are a lot of things in life that are no longer going along the sort of boring, traditional path. This is just one of them."

Are the men in the movie the damsels in distress?

Jason Bateman: "Again, another sort of fresh, very realistic take on not everything is just cut and dried. We’re damsels in distress sometimes."

Jennifer Aniston: "Thank God."

Jason Bateman: "I guess if you would have to categorize this thing as a rom-com, I guess as far as genres go, but hopefully there are plenty of examples of a very sort of atypical route that we take in this. We start with the poster. "

Is Kassie being selfish with her decision to have a child?

Jennifer Aniston: "Oh, I just don’t see it that way. I really don’t. Because I really believe, I have friends who I think the love of a mother and the love of... This is what a lot of the point of the movie is, is what is it that defines family? It isn’t necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot. Love is love and family is what is around you and who’s in your immediate sphere. Wally, whether he was the father or not, was the family."

"My favorite moment in this movie is after he’s confessed to Kassie and he goes to Jeff Goldblum and Jeff Goldblum finally says, 'Wally, just go home.' And he says, 'But they are my home.' That’s what I love about this movie is that it’s saying it’s not the traditional sort of stereotype of what family is that as a society we’ve been taught. It’s evolved. I don't think it’s selfish. I think it’s actually quite beautiful because there’s children that don’t have homes that can have a home and be loved and that’s extremely important."

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The Switch hits theaters on August 20, 2010.
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