updated 07/12/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/12/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET
When it came time to prepare for her in the 2008 movie Marley & Me, Jennifer Aniston didn’t have have to look farther than her feet, where her beloved dog Norman often slept.
During a taped appearance on Inside the Actors Studio Monday, the actress spoke to host James Lipton about how she only needed to imagine the loss of her faithful friend to prep for the part.
“I have a dog now,” Aniston said slowly. “My Norman just passed away about a month ago. And I remember thinking I had never walked through having to lose a pet. So just the idea of it. And Norman was getting up there at the time, so, again, easy access.”