More than friends... Jen’s se­cret crush on Ja­son

Be­hind closed doors, the Dumplin’ ac­tress is crush­ing hard – but her new love is off-lim­its!

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Jen­nifer Anis­ton can’t get enough of Ja­son Bate­man. “He’s a fan­tas­tic part­ner in crime, the most gen­er­ous man who makes the world laugh... and cry on a dime,” she gushed of her fre­quent co-star dur­ing his Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame star cer­e­mony in 2017. “He al­ways gives you a deep con­nec­tion, full at­ten­tion, au­then­tic­ity and some of the deep­est belly laughs I can re­mem­ber.” Geez, get a room al­ready!

And while she and Ja­son have shared a sib­ling-like love over their nearly 25year friend­ship, in re­cent months Jen’s ad­mi­ra­tion for her long-time buddy has turned into some­thing more.

“Jen re­alises that she’s de­vel­oped deeper feel­ings,” an in­sider tells Life & Style.

The prob­lem, of course, is that even though Jen’s sin­gle – she an­nounced her split from sec­ond hus­band Justin Th­er­oux, 47, in early 2018 – Ja­son, 50, has been hap­pily wed to Amanda Anka, 50, with whom he has two daugh­ters, since 2001.

“Jen doesn’t want to be in love with a mar­ried man,” says the source. “But it’s a clas­sic case of the heart wants what it wants. She’s com­pletely fallen for him and is as shocked as any­one else.”

Things came to a head over the New Year hol­i­day. Jen, who first met the Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment star dur­ing an Aspen, Colorado ski trip in the mid-’90s, agreed to join the ac­tor and Amanda on yet an­other snowy get­away – this time to Wy­oming, with San­dra Bul­lock and Jimmy Kim­mel.

But when the for­mer Friends star found her­self alone with Ja­son one night, things got “awk­ward,” says the in­sider. “Jen had had a cou­ple of glasses of wine and they were laugh­ing and jok­ing – and then Jen let her guard down, lean­ing in a lit­tle too close.” The ges­ture wasn’t lost on Ja­son. “He sensed

maybe there was some­thing more on her part,” de­tails the spy. “So he did the right thing: he left the room and found Amanda.”

Al­though a rep for Jen de­nies she has ro­man­tic feel­ings for Ja­son, it’s not the first time things had got a lit­tle too flirty. “Some of her friends, in­clud­ing Courteney Cox, have even no­ticed,” re­veals the in­sider. “They’ve told her to tone it down. Jen was shocked that it was so no­tice­able – she had no idea she was even do­ing it.”

Ja­son and Jen have al­ways had a nat­u­ral chem­istry – it’s why they’ve starred in five movies with each other. “They have each other’s back,” notes the source.

And Ja­son had his em­bar­rassed pal’s back once again af­ter their too-close Wy­oming en­counter. In­stead of sweep­ing things un­der the rug, “he talked to her about it,” re­veals the in­sider. And Ja­son made it clear that Amanda’s his num­ber one gal. “Ja­son loves Jen, but not the way he loves his wife,” says the snitch.

“Jen loves Amanda too, and must feel guilty about her feel­ings... ” n

‘We do just have easy chem­istry,’ Jen’s pre­vi­ously shared of her fre­quent co-star

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