Jennifer Aniston Opens up About Her Struggle With ‘Trying to Prove’ She Was More Than Her ‘Friends’ Character
Jennifer Aniston became a household name in the 1990s when she played the character of Rachel Green on the iconic television show “Friends.”
While her time on “Friends” brought her great fame and fortune, Aniston opened up this week to reveal the major challenges she faced when it came to moving on with her career after playing this character.
“I could not get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me. I could not escape Rachel from ‘Friends,’ just Rachel from ‘Friends,’ it’s on all the time and you’re just like, ‘Stop playing this f—ing show,'” Aniston told The Hollywood Reporter. “I completely just fought with myself and who I was in this industry forever because it was just constantly about trying to prove I was more than that.”
Though “Friends” was a massive success, Aniston still felt the need to separate herself from the show in order for her to get the substantial parts that she wanted. She went on to talk about how her role in the 2002 film The Good Girl helped to separate her from Rachel.
“The Good Girl was the first time I got to really shed whatever the Rachel character was, and to be able to disappear into someone who wasn’t, that was such a relief to me,” Aniston explained. “But I remember the panic that set over me, thinking, ‘Oh God, I don’t know if I can do this. Maybe they’re right. Maybe everybody else is seeing something I’m not seeing, which is you are only that girl in the New York apartment with the purple walls.’”
“So, I was almost doing it for myself just to see if I could do something other than that,” she continued. “And it was terrifying because you’re doing it in front of the world.”
Aniston made sure to add that she is incredibly grateful for her time on “Friends,” as the show made her the A-list star that she continues to be to this day. She even recently admitted to her former costar Lisa Kudrow that she still enjoys watching the blooper reels from the series, which ran from 1994-2004.
“Here’s what I love, is when I watch an episode, I’ll usually remember where we broke during the scene,” she said.