JENNIFER ANISTON: I WAS ALMOST REPLACED ON “FRIENDS”
Jennifer Aniston has revealed she was nearly replaced in Friends.
The actress said that producers were thinking of recasting the role of Rachel Green before the show even aired, because of Aniston’s commitment to another sitcom on CBS.
Speaking at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Aniston said: “Friends came when I was off doing Muddling Through.
“So there was a period where I had to stand out of the photographs for the group shots, and I had phone calls from girlfriends saying, ‘I’m auditioning for your part in Friends.'”
However, Muddling Through only lasted for three months in 1994, which meant that Aniston didn’t need to be replaced in Friends.
“They just took the chance that Muddling Through would fail after the [ten] episodes they picked it up for, and so
I just started doing this back-and-forth from Sony to Warner Bros for two weeks.”
Aniston also spoke about previous reports that the producers for Friends originally wanted her to play Monica Geller.
“They wanted Courteney [Cox] to play Rachel,” the Cake actress said, “and unbeknownst to each other, I wanted to play Rachel and she wanted to play Monica. It worked out perfectly.”
Aniston described herself as “the number one snubbed” after she failed to secure a nomination for her role in Cake at this year’s Oscars.
Cake is screening now in the US, and opens on February 20 in the UK.