Now Boasting the 4th Biggest Viewership Record, ‘Friends’ Diva Jennifer Aniston Ran off the Stage in Early Days

Published 09/28/2023, 7:35 AM EDT

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Jennifer Aniston has had a rough life before she gained massive stardom from the NBC sitcom, Friends. However, after becoming a Hollywood star, the American diva served as an inspiration to millions of women around the world, not only with her beautiful style and stunning fashion but also with her heartwarming story of achieving success. Because of her contribution along with others, Friends, especially the finale, got the fourth biggest viewership ever.

Despite being a part of the legacy, the now 54-year-old actress once ran away from people seeing her on the stage.

Jennifer Aniston once ran away from the stage in her pre-Friends era

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Almost all the actors started their journeys from a theater stage. Jennifer Aniston was no exception. During her interview with Rolling Stone in 2001, the actress recalled how she could not come on the stage because of an obvious reason. She had auditioned for a musical when she was in her junior year at the High School of Performing Arts. Despite getting the role, she bailed at the last minute, as she was terrified by the notion of performing in front of an audience.

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The Cake actress made an excuse about having a job after school and ran away from the stage. However, the very next year, she came back to play one of the princess’ maids in the school production of Turandot. Recalling her experience in school, Aniston admitted she did not get the nicest parts. She remembered how one of the teachers at school, a Russian teacher, used to tell her she was a disgrace. He even stated that the Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress should never be allowed to perform in front of people.

However, all the little Aniston wanted to do was make people cry. She wanted to move people by her performances. Instead, she would end up making them laugh. Was it one of the reasons she gave some of the greatest performances in comedy films? Well, the actress did not say that, but it might be a huge part of her best comic performances.

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After a lot of struggles in her life, the Horrible Bosses actress finally made it “through the tunnel” to receive more than just fame and wealth.

What else did the Friends actress gain?

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Once The Morning Star actress overcame her stage fear, she chose her path to success. She went on to become one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Moreover, she made some of the stars her best friends like Jason Bateman, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Sandler, and more. Of course, the entire Friends cast, especially, Courteney Cox, became her family. Aniston is the godmother of Coco, Cox’s child as well.

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Her relationship with her Murder Mystery co-star is also extremely adorable. Sandler even sends her flowers on every Mother’s Day to make Aniston feel special. Apart from just the wealth, Jennifer Aniston gained a lot of love, friends, respect, and honor from the entire industry.

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What are your thoughts about the actress’ fear? How do you feel knowing she once ran away only to find her strength? Tell us in the comments below.

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Neha Chande

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Meet Neha Chande, an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, who has written more than 1100 articles. With a Master's degree in English Literature, Neha believes in unbiased journalism. Before delving into her passion for writing and cinema, she taught English and communication skills as a facilitator and lecturer.

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