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LOS ANGELES - "Rumor Has It ..." star Jennifer Aniston wants to set the record straight on one recent rumor: She is not expecting a baby.

"Hey guys, you know what? If all this (were true), I should have had 10 babies by now, married five times," says the 36-year-old actress at a press event Sunday to promote her latest film.

So she won't be adopting a child anytime soon?

"That's not me," she says slyly, making a thinly veiled reference to ex-husband Brad Pitt, who's reportedly been trying to adopt current girlfriend Angelina Jolie's two adopted children, Maddox and Zahara.

Looking tan and relaxed in a black sleeveless turtleneck, taupe and blue-patterned shawl and jeans, the former "Friends" actress appears in good humor and willing to discuss most topics, although not in the expected way. In the interview, "Rumor" co-star Shirley MacLaine jumps into the conversational fray, making reference to reports that Aniston is dating Vince Vaughn - with whom she acted opposite in the upcoming comedy "The Break Up" and with whom she's been spotted canoodling on a balcony in his hometown of Chicago.

"Here's the truth: Vince Vaughn prefers older women. (Jennifer) is my beard. I was the one in the car in that southwestern state," jokes MacLaine, referring to recent reports that Vaughn and Aniston were stopped by police while driving in Arizona. "And the truth is, I'm basically having a ball and she's taking all the gaff."

"We worked it out a long time ago," adds Aniston with a smile.

When a Chicago-based journalist asks about her experiences shooting "The Break Up," the young actress continues the gambit.

"I loved filming in Chicago. I would move to Chicago in heartbeat if I had someone else beside you that I knew," says Aniston. "Shirley's boyfriend (lives) there, but he's stashed in Malibu right now.

"No, I'm teasing," she adds later, clarifying the comment about relocating. "Don't write that."

Aniston touches on her lawsuit against photographer Peter Brandt, who shot topless pictures of her on her private property and is allegedly trying to profit from the photos.

"I'm not going into the details of it, but you have to set a precedent," she says, insisting that Brandt used "a very big lens, from a very big, long distance away."

The actress, who admits to occasionally hopping a plane alone to Hawaii to be by herself, thinks that the tabloid reports have gotten out of hand because of the saturated market.

"There's so many new magazines now," she explains, "I think that they're just desperate to fill, now that the demand is greater, so they're just going nuts with taking just anything, rehashing stories."

Despite the media circus, she says that most of the press has been sympathetic to her feelings.

"People have been great. People have been really, for the most part, knowing what people could do, where they could go ... It's been fine," she says. "There's a lot of respect. I really appreciate it."

Aniston also reluctantly admits that the news of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey's breakup over Thanksgiving overshadowed her own scrutiny by the media for a brief period of time.

"It did. That's a terrible thing (to say)," confesses Aniston. "Isn't that disgusting?"

"Maybe we'll get Elton John to divorce David Furnish," quips MacLaine.

"Rumor Has It ..." opens nationwide Christmas Day and stars Aniston as a woman who discovers that her mother and grandmother (MacLaine) once slept with the same man, inspiring the scandalous book and film "The Graduate."

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(c) 2005, Zap2it.com. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.

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