In ‘Cake,’ Jennifer Aniston transforms herself into a woman wracked with both chronic pain and a resulting drug and alcohol addiction. Here, she and director Daniel Barnz talk with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about what attracted her to the role and helped her connect with the character, the joys of working with no makeup (other than fake scars for the role) and the inner changes she needed to make to play the part.

The film’s cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Sam Worthington among others. The screenplay was written by Patrick Tobin. Producers are Mark Canton, Ben Barnz, Kristin Hahn and Courtney Solomon.

The film will receive an awards-qualifying limited release this month before going wide on Jan. 23. Distribution is being handled by Cinelou Releasing and Warner Bros.

The role marks a big departure for Aniston, who was speaking at Deadline’s annual Oscar showcase, The Contenders. Are you a fan of Aniston? Are you planning to see the film? Let us know.