Jennifer Aniston’s character in “Wanderlust” runs away from the modern life she and her husband (played by Paul Rudd) share to live in a Utopian, free-love commune in rural Georgia, and the actress admits the impulse to disappear isn’t all that unfamiliar. “Every day, yes,” she says of feeling that way. “I mean, for me, going to Clarksville [Georgia] and shooting this movie was a version of that, honestly, because there were no paparazzi and there was no secret little tricky cell phone pictures being taken. It was just this great community and these amazing people.”

Maybe getting into the hippie spirit of the film’s premise helped, but Aniston says she ended up learing a lot about herself just by the change of environment. “For me, I really realized how walled I was, and not consciously so, but just this armor that I kind of have, protective armor from — not my friends or people in my family, but just being outside in the world, always on guard or whatever,” she says. “There’s just this sigh of relief after Week One just knowing, oh this is like John Travolta in ‘the Boy in the Bubble.’ It was like, riding on a horse, out of the bubble!”

The image she’s conjured reduces her to a fit of laughter, but there was a serious sense of self-improvement for Aniston to take away from the “Wanderlust” production. “It was special, it was really special ... to kind of get back in touch with that part of myself and that anonymity,” she says. “I really made a conscious effort to know, ‘Don’t wall up like that.’ I think you kind of miss out on a lot of stuff if you’re so protected and isolated, in a way.”

That being said, Aniston is pretty realistic about whether she could actually handle living in a place like Elysium. “I honestly don’t think I would,” she says with a laugh. “I think going for a little bit would be sort of... interesting.”