We always thought Jennifer Aniston was best buddies with Courteney Cox. But when Gucci Westman, 42, Instagrammed herself and Jen getting their ears pierced, she emerged as the star’s secret pal. Here she talks to Grazia...
Gucci Westman and Joan Smalls at the Oscar de la Renta show in September 2013 [Rex]
1: What prompted you and Jennifer to have your ears pierced?
Gucci Westman: I was doing her make-up on a shoot and said I wanted to be a bit edgy and get my ear cartilage pierced. She said, ‘So do I!’ Her hairdresser Chris McMillan said he knew someone who could come [to the shoot]. Next thing, this girl with tribal tattoos and piercings turns up and Jen was like, ‘I’m scared.’ She pierced six of us on the shoot. Jennifer took a video.
2: What doyou think of Jennifer’s new hair?
Gucci Westmam: Apparently, I inspired her to cut it. We went to her house after our piercings and she cut it there. I was pretty forceful. I was like, ‘You have to! You’re such a trendsetter. We’ve felt this Jen for so long, we’ve got to keep it moving!’ She looks so cute.
3: How did you two become friends?
Gucci Westmam: We first worked together in 2000. She’s so awesome and generous. We were working on a shoot together recently and there was this navy sheepskin Isabel Marant jacket that I loved, but it was £2,500. I would never have bought that myself. Then on my birthday in October this box arrives and inside was the jacket and a card saying, ‘Happy Birthday. Love you, Jen’.
4: Apart from Jennifer,Who are you closest to?
Gucci Westmam: My husband, David. I respect him inside and out. I ask for his opinion on everything. He is an outstanding person.
5: What’s your biggest fear?
Gucci Westmam: I find flying very stressful and I do it every single week. I’m scared I’m not going to make it and will never see my family again. I like to have a little red wine beforehand.
Gucci with Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry [Instagram]
6: How do you relax?
Gucci Westmam: At weekends we go to our house in the country outside New York. It’s our haven. We have friends over, the kids run around and I go riding with our neighbour, Martha Stewart.
7: Your biggest regret?
Gucci Westmam: My husband planned a two- week surprise trip for our honeymoon but at the last minute I got asked to do a magazine cover with Kirsten Dunst. So we cut our honeymoon short. On my way home, the shoot got cancelled. It was the dumbest decision I’ve ever made.
8: What Wouldyou change about your life?
Gucci Westmam: I would love to live in the English countryside. It’s so lovely and cheerful. I have an English husband and I like the British way of life. Americans can be so serious.
9: Tell us something that will shock us
Gucci Westmam: I have an undercut. My hairdresser friend’s wife who had one passed away this summer. So I asked him to do it in her honour. I keep my hair down so my mother-in-law can’t see it.
10: What’s the one item you can’t live without?
Gucci Westmam: I always have a Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Eye Liner and Brightener, £5.99, in my handbag. It’s the perfect post-flight pick-me-up.