She just wanted to be seen as a dramatic actor.
It’s hard to name which Friends character is the most iconic, but the truth is only one inspired a generation-defining haircut. Yes, that’s Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel.
There was a point, though, when Aniston was so over being known as Rachel — and it happened before the show even ended.
She recently reflected on the moment when she was trying to pivot from TV to drama films and recalled, “You just exhaust yourself. I mean, I could not get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me.”
“I could not escape ‘Rachel from Friends,’ and it’s on all the time and you’re like, ‘Stop playing that fucking show!'” she said in a roundtable for the Hollywood Reporter.
Thankfully for Rachel — I mean Jennifer Aniston — she didn’t have to wait too long to branch out: “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,” she said of her 2002 film. (Friends ended in 2004.)
“Once you play comedy, they don’t think you can do the drama; and if you’re only seen as a dramatic actor, they don’t think you can do comedy,” she added. “They forget that we’re actors and we actually have it all in there. It’s just about finding it and accessing it and getting the material.”
Now that she’s made a career out of doing both drama and comedy roles, though, she’s fully ready to get back into Rachel Green’s head in an upcoming Friends special on HBO Max (which hopefully won’t be postponed too much longer due to the coronavirus pandemic).
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