Jennifer Aniston is one of the most loved stars of Hollywood and all of her fame can be traced back to the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S. The popular sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S (1994–2004) had a major effect on the world of television and was responsible for launching her successful film career.
Apart from her iconic role as Rachel Green, Jennifer Aniston had played many distinguished roles in the past decades.
With movies like “We’re The Millers” and “He’s Just Not That Into You” under her wing, Jennifer Aniston’s full range is yet to be captured by the media.
The actress has had an average box office collection of $85 million from her many movies and had seemed perfect for each role. Thus, no one can deny her marvelous contributions to Hollywood through her gifted talent for acting.
But for Jennifer Aniston, the role of Rachel Green would always be accompanied by nostalgia. As a green face in the industry, the show taught her much, by her own admission. And the ever-fashionable and graceful Jennifer that we know now might not have existed without the show.
Speaking of age and experience, exactly how old was Jennifer Aniston when she took on the iconic role of Rachel Green in F.R.I.E.N.D.S? Read on to know all about the inaugurating role of this timeless beauty.
How Old Was Jennifer Aniston In Friends?
Jennifer Aniston had just turned 25 when the pilot of the sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S aired in 1994. Her character in the show had been the ever-stylish Rachel Green. The pilot starts with a grand entrance, Jennifer Aniston in her famous wedding dress, and the rest is, as they say, history. Jennifer Aniston is 53 years old as of 2022 and is still as stunning as she was when she starred in F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
The casting choices in F.R.I.E.N.D.S were definitely interesting, especially considering the real ages of the actors. Jennifer Aniston was 25 when she played the part of Rachel Green in Season 1, a runaway heiress who was either 24 or 25. She had been the second youngest of the group, with Matthew Perry being the youngest at 24. Rachel’s best friend Monica is supposed to be 24/25 as well, but Courtney Cox was 30 at the premiere.
Jennifer Aniston became America’s sweetheart due to her role in friends, but that had not been her first attempt at entering the world of TV. The Los Angeles-born actress had to work hard to earn her big break and sometimes that meant working odd jobs.
In a recent interview, while reminiscing her pre-fame days, Jennifer Aniston recollected some of the jobs she had to take in to make extra cash. From being a bike messenger to working in an advertising agency, she did it all.
Before F.R.I.E.N.D.S aired, Jennifer also played a role in the horror movie ‘Leprechaun’, but it had not been popular.
Portraying Rachel Green finally helped her get her big break and become the extremely successful actress she desired to be. The role also helped her get prestigious awards like a Primetime Emmy, a Screen Actor Guild, and even a Golden Globe award. Suffice it to say the 10 years had been truly an enriching experience.
But being a part of such a popular show which ran for as long as Friends did mean that the actors were stereotyped. The lead 5 characters Phoebe, Joey, Rachel, Ross, Monica, and Chandler had a long reign over people’s hearts. But in the end, their acting careers took a toll. Breaking free of the character was something only Jennifer Aniston achieved. But that battle had been a hard win in itself.
Jennifer had been in many movies even during her time on Friends, but one project that brought her significant success was the movie Along Came Polly (2004). Her rom-com roles had met some bad rep in the cinematic world, but she persisted.
Soon after her public divorce from heartthrob Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston soldiered on and gave some of her best performances on screen. Movies like ‘Marley And Me’ and ‘The Break Up’ solidified her presence in movies.
The turning point in her career, where she proved to the world that she was more than just a rom-com actress was the movie ‘Cake’. It had been her redemption and she earned the name People Magazine’s Performance of the Year for it.
Jennifer Aniston’s career may be an odd mix of hits and misses but her roles had always been iconic and worthy of an actress of such talent.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S had been one of the most popular shows in the 90s. The 10-seasons long sitcom ran till the mid-2000s but people all around the world still rewatch it as their guilty pleasure. And Jennifer Aniston had been responsible for a big share of the show’s popularity.
The fans fell in love with Rachel Green on-screen and then fell again for the gracious actress in real life. So it might come as a surprise to many who watched the series more than a decade after it ended that Jennifer had only been 25 when the pilot aired. This just proves that both the show and the young protagonist aged like fine wine.