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Jennifer Aniston Says ‘Friends’ Reunion Was More Difficult than Expected

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Sep 19, 2021
05:30 A.M.
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Renowned actress Jennifer Aniston recently opened up about the recent "Friends" reunion, admitting it was harder to pull off than expected. Here are her reflections about the gathering.

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Jennifer Aniston became a household name for her iconic character as Rachel Green in the 1994 hit American series, "Friends." She became one of the highest-paid television actresses of all time.

The series aired its final episode in May 2004. Fans rejoiced and basked in nostalgia when a reunion happened earlier this year. Recently, Aniston revealed the cast's sentiments behind the scenes.

Jennifer Aniston attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images/Shutter Stock

Jennifer Aniston attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images/Shutter Stock

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In an interview on the "Literally! With Rob Lowe" podcast, the 52-year-old actress revealed what she and her co-stars felt after they were told about the idea of a reunion. Aniston said:

"[When] Ben Winston, our producer-director, came to each of us with his idea, it just resonated with all of us."

The actress starred in the classic series with Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc. Schwimmer was the one who seemed to hold their ground at that time.

Jennifer Aniston at the 2018 InStyle Awards on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston at the 2018 InStyle Awards on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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The series co-stars have changed a lot since the show ended, and Aniston added that recreating memories was "way harder than we anticipated." They could hardly contain their emotions during the reunion.

While she continues to grow her fortune, Aniston seems not keen on rushing a romance.

She added that LeBlanc also got emotional at one point. The cast members experienced a roller-coaster of emotions as they basked in nostalgia and even melancholy.

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The special reunion has been nominated for four Emmy Awards. But Aniston said she will not be attending the event as she is taking safety precautions seriously amid the pandemic.

She also said she isn't nominated for an individual award, and the show producer would be the one to grace the ceremony on her behalf. She reiterated her serious practice of isolating at home.

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It was not the first time Aniston became emotional in public interviews. She made a tearful appearance in a sneak peek video of her guesting on the 19th and final season of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

She could hardly hold back tears as she walked on stage and sat in front of acclaimed TV host Ellen DeGeneres. Aniston jokingly attributed her emotional state to not going out for two years.

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Despite emotional endings, Aniston shares the joy of seeing her close friends take on new beginnings. Like them, the actress has expanded her horizon, recently starting her own beauty brand, LolaVie.

But while she continues to grow her fortune, Aniston seems not keen on rushing a romance. She recently expressed that she hopes the next person she enters a relationship with will not be working in the same industry as hers.

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