updated 11/03/2008 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/03/2008 AT 2:30 PM ET
“Owen Wilson is so divine in this film,” the actress tells the L.A. Times. “I’ve never seen him play a part like this. He was a man; he was a husband; he was a father.”
In a reference to some of Wilson’s personal struggles, Aniston adds, “I feel like, how brave of him, to walk through the year that he walked through.”
Wilson was hospitalized in 2007 for an apparent suicide attempt. Marley & Me, due out Dec. 25, is one of his first roles since the incident.
Aniston praises Wilson as an amazing costar, saying,”He has no temper, no ego, he’s collaborative and funny and sweet.”
Her other costar, a yellow lab named Clyde, was not as kind. “I walked onto the set and put my sweater and my bag down on the couch, and that dog leapt up onto the couch, grabbed my sweater and started ripping it. The set was a toy,” she said.
Aniston, 39, said her films either have a great working environment or a great finished product, but this one was both. “When you actually can have [the finished film] be as fantastic and fulfilling as the experience itself was, it’s called a home run. A creative, emotional home run. Those moments don’t happen that often.”