Jennifer Aniston’s iconic role in the beloved sitcom Friends came with a lot of advantages, of course, but not everything about it was positive! The actress admitted that she was afraid she would never be able to ‘escape’ the character of Rachel in her career, even after the show came to an end.
In a brand new interview for The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, Aniston opened up about her career alongside other big names in the industry such as Janelle Monae, Helena Bonham Carter, Zendaya, Rose Byrne and Reese Witherspoon.
The actresses had a round table discussion on a number of different topics including the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the BLM protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing and how the world has changed since.
Another very important topic they touched upon was wanting to be perceived differently in the entertainment industry and how difficult that actually is.
At some point, Jennifer dished that ‘You exhaust yourself. I mean, I couldn’t get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me. I couldn’t escape ‘Rachel from Friends’ and it is on all the time and you are like, ‘Stop playing that f***ing show!’
The actresses laughed over her statement but joke or not, she previously admitted that she still likes to tune in to the sitcom to watch episodes as well as bloopers from time to time.
In another interview she did with co-star Lisa Kudrow, she told her that all about it.
About her career after Friends, she mentioned that her character in the movie The Good Girl 2002 helped her ‘shed whatever the Rachel character was and disappear into someone who was not that was such a relief to me.’
Still, she went on to recalled ‘the panic that set over me, just thinking, ‘Oh God, I do not know if I can do this. Maybe they are right. Maybe everyone else is seeing something I am not seeing, which is you’re only that girl in the apartment with the purple walls.’ So, I was nearly doing it for me just to see if I could do something other than that. And it was terrifying because you are doing it in front of the world.’