Jennifer Aniston Has Come a Long Way Since Her ‘Friends’ Days! See 5 Facts About the Hollywood Icon

She may be one of Hollywood’s most famous stars, but Jennifer Aniston considers herself an ordinary woman. She’s come a long way since her Friends days in the 1990s, and there’s so much more to know about the iconic Hollywood actress. Jen started acting at age 11 when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School’s drama club, according to IMDb. The We’re the Millers star, born to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow in 1969, followed in her parent’s footsteps as she began appearing in Off-Broadway productions, including 1987’s For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker’s Grave. Scroll through the gallery below to learn five facts you might not know about Jen.

She Was a Real-Life Coffee Shop Waitress

“I waitressed for years in New York before I got any [acting jobs],” Jennifer told Instyle in October 2019. “And I was a telemarketer selling time-shares in the Poconos. I didn’t make one sale. I was terrible at it. I was like, ‘Why do we have to call people at dinnertime?’ ”

She Almost Didn’t Get the Part on ‘Friends’

Jennifer was contractually bound to a CBS sitcom, Muddling Through, when NBC first cast her as Rachel Green. Fortunately for Friends fans, CBS canceled its low-rated show, but before that, “I had phone calls from girlfriends saying, ‘I’m auditioning for your part in Friends,’” Jen recalled while attending the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January 2015.

Reese Witherspoon Is One of Her Best Friends

“Even before Reese [Witherspoon] played my lovely, albeit somewhat spoiled sister Jill on Friends, she somehow felt like family to me,” Jennifer once gushed of her costar in Apple TV’s The Morning Show. “Her amazing talent professionally and personally has long made her a very strong and welcome presence in my life.”

She’s Happy Being Single

Divorced from Brad and Justin, “I don’t feel a void,” she told Elle in December 2018. “My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in my opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore.”

She Embraces Her Age

“Fifty was the first time I thought, Well, that number,” Jennifer, who celebrated the milestone in February 2019, told InStyle. “I don’t know what it is, because I don’t feel any different. Things aren’t shutting down in any way. I feel physically incredible.”

 

 

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