October 2, 2022
Friends: The Reunion

Jennifer Aniston was not always there for the Friends reunion — why she had to walk off set a few times


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The Friends reunion was a shiny spot in a 12 months that is one way or the other nonetheless going. Followers of the present collectively sighed in nostalgic glee as Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, and Matthew Perry sat round and reminisced about the good previous, Should See TV days. However feelings had been operating excessive for practically everybody on the set.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Aniston reveals she was so overcome with emotion whereas filming the reunion, which aired on HBO Max again in Might, she had to excuse herself from the set a few times.

“I think we were just so naive walking into it, thinking, ‘How fun is this going to be? They’re putting the sets back together, exactly as they were,’ ” Aniston says. “Then you get there and it’s like, ‘Oh right, I hadn’t thought about what was going on the last time I was actually here.’ “

“And it just took me by surprise because it was like, ‘Hi, past, remember me? Remember how that sucked? You thought everything was in front of you and life was going to be just gorgeous and then you went through maybe the hardest time in your life?’ It was all very jarring and, of course, you’ve got cameras everywhere and I’m already a little emotionally accessible, I guess you could say, so I had to walk out at certain points. I don’t know how they cut around it.”

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc on ‘Friends: The Reunion.’ | Credit score: HBO Max

Aniston had beforehand mentioned the emotional weight of getting again collectively together with her Friends, telling Rob Lowe on his podcast Actually! how at one level they had all descended into tears.

“Going back there, it’s nostalgic in a way that’s kind of also a little melancholy, you know? Because a lot has changed and we have all gone down different roads, not so easy and some easy… for each of us,” Aniston defined. “There was a period where we were all kind of in a puddle.”

Nonetheless, Aniston cannot fairly appear to go away the eternally well-liked sitcom behind. The actress was amongst the cavalcade of stars in the third installment of Reside in Entrance of a Studio Viewers, taking part in Blair Warner throughout a recreation of a Details of Life episode. Aniston caps her ultimate scene with an echo of the Friends theme tune, telling co-star Jon Stewart, “I’ll be there for you.”

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