Since the actress starred in hugely popular comedy Friends, her name has been remembered since. Jennifer Aniston has a number of projects under her belt. To the Morning Show to Murder Mystery, Aniston has featured in plenty of film and series that have showcased her amazing talent. But it seems it wasn’t for the actress to shake off the idea of Rachel from Friends. Being typecast is a huge problem in Hollywood. Friends still remains one of the biggest comedies in the world. But when the showed aired, it proved a huge problem for America’s sweetheart…
Nearly 20 years ago now, Aniston was looking at playing a number of different roles in between playing Rachel in the hit sitcom Friends. But this proved more difficult than she thought, as she recently revealed the challenge of landing a role without being remembered as ‘Rachel’. In a recent interview, the actress explained that one breakthrough movie role finally helped Aniston prove herself. But it wan’t an easy journey…
All anyone could think of is Rachel!
2002’s The Good Girl was the role that finally redefined Jennifer Aniston. Starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, the role changed everyone’s opinion of her in Hollywood. Finally, she was no longer remembered for ‘that haircut!’. Aniston said “Oh my god, you just exhaust yourself. I could not get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me. I could not escape and I was just Rachel from Friends, Rachel from Friends. And it’s on all the time! And you’re just like, ‘Stop playing this fucking show.’ And also getting older, there is such a freedom in the work because you just stop giving a crap after a certain amount of time. It was The Good Girl that was the first time I got to just sort of really shed whatever this little Rachel character was. To be able to disappear into someone who was walking in those shoes was such a relief to me”.
Aniston’s character in the dark movie highlights the actress’s ability to play a gritty role, as comedy was the main focus for Jennifer for quite some time. The star even doubted herself because everyone, including herself, was convinced that it was the only role she could play. Speaking on a recent panel, Aniston said “I just remember the panic that set over me thinking, ‘Oh god, I don’t know if I can do this? I don’t know.’ Maybe they’re all right, maybe everyone else is seeing something I’m not seeing which is you are only that girl in the New York apartment with the purple walls. You know? So I was almost doing it for myself to just see if I can do something other than that. And it was terrifying”.
She’s still a Queen!
Even one of the biggest actress’s in the world had to prove herself. And what a job she has done, and Aniston remains one of the most demanded people in Hollywood. Her recent roles have been a far cry from her character in Friends. To this day, she continues to venture into other genres. Jennifer Anniston, you are amazing sweetie!
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