Jennifer Aniston reveals her battle with dyslexia

Jennifer Aniston reveals her battle with dyslexia

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.

"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," she shared.

"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.

"I thought I wasn't smart. I just couldn't retain anything," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

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 vagina, 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."

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