Jennifer Aniston BiographyJennifer Aniston, an American actress, was the star of the popular 1990s sitcom "Friends." Although her role as the spoiled and willful Rachel Green brought her immense fame, she's far from a one-role actress – Aniston's filmography boasts many intriguing projects.
ChildhoodLittle Jennifer was born in Sherman Oaks, California, on February 11, 1969, to actor John Aniston (originally Yannis Anastassakis from Crete). By then, the older child, John Melick, was already growing up in the family. Later, they welcomed another son, Alex.
Early RolesJennifer Aniston first appeared on television screens in the late 1980s. Unlike many budding actresses, Aniston didn't have to navigate the challenges of Hollywood's rigorous initiation. After appearing on Howard Stern's radio show and a role in the low-grade comedy series "Molloy," she made her debut in a feature film, "Camp Cucamonga" (1990), followed by a lead role in the horror movie "Leprechaun." This horror film became a major success for the newly established Trimark Pictures, and Jennifer gained her first taste of fame.
FriendsIn 1994, NBC launched a new comedy show about the daily life of young New Yorkers, filled with unexpected, funny, and tragic moments. By the start of the "pilot" episode, the creators had a clear idea of who the main characters should be. Interestingly, the initial choice for the role of Rachel was Courteney Cox, and for Monica, it was Aniston.
However, while working on the first episode, the two actresses felt they should swap characters. Thus, the iconic characters of the wealthy "princess" Rachel Green, searching for her place in a new world of adulthood and independence, and Monica Geller, a former "ugly duckling" turned ambitious chef, were born.
Further RolesOver 10 years of filming "Friends," Jennifer Aniston took on other roles as well. She was especially popular with romantic comedy creators: "Picture Perfect" (1997), "Office Space" (1999), and "The Good Girl" (2001). Her performance in "The Good Girl" was highly acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival.
2005 saw the release of "Rumor Has It," where both Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Costner vied for Aniston's character's affection. That same year, she appeared in the thriller "Derailed" alongside Clive Owen and Vincent Cassel. It was her first role in this genre, and her first time working with Owen. Despite these firsts, Aniston's performance was brilliant.
In 2010, the romantic comedy "Just Go With It" premiered. Jennifer Aniston convincingly portrayed the secretary of a successful playboy plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler) who asked her to pretend to be his vulgar ex-wife to impress another beauty he charmed.
Jennifer Aniston's Personal LifeFrom the onset of her fame, Jennifer Aniston captivated millions. However, her romantic relationships often posed challenges. At the start of her career, Aniston dated musician Adam Duritz and later tried to find happiness with actor Tate Donovan.
The most discussed relationship in the media was with Brad Pitt. The couple married in the summer of 2000 in Malibu. They were often referred to as Hollywood's most beautiful couple. Yet, after five years, they split up. Angelina Jolie, whom Pitt met on the set of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," played a part in the couple's breakup. After their divorce, many criticized Aniston, suggesting that Pitt left her because she didn't want children, while Jolie was open to starting a family.
This whole «Poor lonely Jen» thing, this idea that I'm so unlucky in love? I actually feel I've been unbelievably lucky in love. Just because at this stage my life doesn't have the traditional framework to it — the husband and the two kids and the house in Connecticut — it's mine. It's my experience.During the filming of "Wanderlust," Jennifer Aniston deeply immersed herself in a romance with Justin Theroux ("Mulholland Drive," "The Leftovers"). Surprisingly, the fling with the 42-year-old actor and screenwriter evolved beyond a mere on-set flirtation. Soon after, Theroux left his partner of 14 years to move in with Aniston.
In early 2021, sources close to the actress reported to the media that Jennifer Aniston was seeing Jason Sudeikis. Then, in March 2022, InTouch magazine claimed that the actress had rekindled her relationship with Brad Pitt, living together in Paris where Jennifer was filming a sequel to "Murder Mystery." However, in both instances, the information was unconfirmed.
Jennifer Aniston NowIn 2021, Jennifer Aniston reunited with the "Friends" cast to film a special episode, 17 years after the last episode aired. "Friends: The Reunion" is a documentary-style talk show where the actors reminisce about the past and share funny stories from the series' filming.
Meanwhile, the actress continued to star in new seasons of "The Morning Show" and worked on the sequel to "Murder Mystery" – the film titled "Murder in Paris" was released on Netflix in the spring of 2023.