updated 08/09/2010 AT 5:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/08/2010 AT 5:00 PM ET
In her new movie The Switch, Jennifer Aniston plays a woman who decides to get pregnant in a non-traditional way – with a “turkey baster,” her friend jokes in the film.
During a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, the actress defended her character’s leap into single motherhood by using a sperm donor.
“Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child,” Aniston, 41, said. “Times have changed and that is also what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents’ days when you can’t have children because you have waited too long.”
When asked about the repercussions of raising a child without a father, Aniston said she believes all types of families can raise healthy kids.
“The point of the movie is what is it that defines family? It isn’t necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot,” she said. “Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere. That is what I love about this movie. It is saying it is not the traditional sort of stereotype of what we have been taught as a society of what family is.”
Aniston, who has been the subject of frequent tabloid rumors about having children, said she still wants to be a mom. “Yeah, I have said it years before and I still say it today,” she said when asked if she still wants to have a family.
But she won’t be using a turkey baster: “I don’t have plans on that, no.”
Reporting by MIA MCNIECE