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Alicia, Demi and Jen look causal chic on the cover of Glamour Magazine’s October cover on newsstands September 6th. The three superstars joined directorial forces to put the spotlight on breast cancer awareness with their Lifetime movie series, Five.

It’s a made for TV film about five women battling breast cancer and how it affects their lives, their family and their bond as women. The film features Patricia Clarkson, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Rosario Dawson. Five airs October 10th on Lifetime.

JENNIFER ANISTON on the makes of Five:

Well, about a year ago, Susan G. Komen for the Cure approached you and me with the idea. We were intrigued by the challenge of creating short stories that would defy audiences’ expectation of the subject. We wanted to balance the drama with humor and irreverence because that’s what’s helped our friends who’ve faced this get through their treatment. So we approached Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy, who produce Glamour’s Reel Moments, which is how I came to direct my first short film, one of the best experiences of my life. Then we joined forces with [producer] Paula Wagner and [cocreator of Friends] Marta Kauffman. We wanted stories that were informative without being heavy-handed. Oh, and they needed to be brilliantly written. Other than that, our goals were small.

JENNIFER ANISTON on the message she wants other to get after watching Five:

We want people to walk away with hope and information but feel incredibly entertained. Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, patient. These films touch on that reality. The film I directed is called Mia, and it’s about a woman who takes her diagnosis as a death sentence and gives up—only to discover she’s gone into remission. We want people to know it is very possible to conquer breast cancer.

DEMI MOORE on why she wanted to direct Five:
I’ve known people affected by breast cancer, and since I finished the project, someone in our family has also been diagnosed. But I think that so often there is that “out of sight, out of mind” feeling, like breast cancer is happening to other people, not you. Before this project came up, even I really didn’t want to pay attention. I feel that this came to me to make me pay attention. What I’ve learned from all the work Ashton and I do is that we so often don’t address any cause with enough urgency.
ALICIA KEYS on becoming involved with Five:
Kristin [Hahn] and Jen called me up; after I read the scripts, I felt like this was something important, and I wanted to be a part of it. I chose Lili because she’s close to my age and I understood the family dynamic. I had an immediate idea of what I could bring to it.
ALICIA KEYS on Swiss Beats calling their marriage a blessing:
ALICIA KEYS: Yes. It’s beautiful because rarely, I think, do you find a relationship where you can experience things equally. In fact, I think that’s my favorite word and the most important word when it comes to relationships: equality. And that’s what we’ve been able to find. We encourage each other equally. We’re excited for each other.

ALICIA KEYS on the moment she feel in love:

ALICIA KEYS: I do remember the exact moment. If I told you, I would have to kill you, but it was something that he planned, and he planned it so beautifully and thoughtfully that in that moment I remember thinking to myself, Oh my God, I’m so in love with him.

ALICIA KEYS on her breakthrough moment in Egypt:

Definitely. It was a time of transition. There were certain people [I was working with] who weren’t right. I had friends who weren’t right anymore. I was tired and I had overworked myself and burnt myself out. So I went to Egypt by myself. When I saw what was built there, it made me understand how powerful we are, that we can create anything. And I felt like I needed to create things that were timeless too.

ALICIA KEYS on her hopes for her family:

We’re such a bonded happy family, and I hope that we’ll always be able to be that. For me, the most important thing is that we always take the time to understand each other and grow together. We’re all going to change. Otherwise, it’s boring. Who wants to stay the damn same all their life?


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