Jennifer Aniston recently recalled a time in her life when her most famous actress role consumed everything.
The 51-year-old “Friends” star echoed The Hollywood Reporter during the magazine’s Drama Actress Roundtable roundtable on the challenge of intruding on her comedy character Rachel after the show has reached its peak popularity. .
“I couldn’t get Rachel Green off my back for my life. I couldn’t escape Rachel from ‘Friends’, just Rachel from’ Friends’, she’s on all the time and you’re like, ‘Stop playing this f — ing show.
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Despite the show’s success, Aniston said she still felt the need to drop the nickname in order for her career to become substantial and opened during the roundtable, which included Janelle Monae, Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon, Helena Bonham Carter and Rose Byrne, on how her role in the 2002 film “The Good Girl” helped separate Aniston from Rachel.
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“‘The Good Girl’ was the first time that I was really able to cast whatever Rachel’s character was, and being able to disappear into someone who wasn’t, that was a huge relief to me,” he said. “But I remember the panic that gripped me, thinking, ‘Oh God, I don’t know if I can do this. Maybe they’re right. Maybe everyone else is seeing something I don’t see, which is that you’re just that girl in the New York apartment with purple walls. ‘”
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“So, I was almost doing it for myself just to see if I could do more than that,” added Aniston. “And it was scary because you’re doing it in front of the world.”
Don’t get her wrong: Aniston is incredibly grateful for her chance to become one of Hollywood’s biggest draws; While teasing the show’s reunion, she even admitted to Lisa Kudrow, the co-star of “Friends,” who often watches the reels of blooper.
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“This is what I love, when I watch an episode, I will generally remember where we broke up during the scene,” he said of the series that aired from 1994 to 2004.