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Jennifer Aniston details tough Friends reunion after 'hard truths, loss and miscarriages'

Daily Express logo Daily Express 27/09/2021 Melanie Kaidan

Jennifer Aniston © Getty Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston, 52, has reflected on the emotional experiences she and her co-stars faced while filming the two-hour long landmark Friends reunion, which was streamed on HBO Max earlier this year. The Morning Show actress said the special, which she and her co-stars attended with "blissful ignorance", was like "a sucker punch to the heart".

Jennifer, who played Rachel Green in the hit NBC show, admitted that the young cast were "all bright eyed and bushy-tailed, looking toward the future, but there was a lot to come for everyone" when the show ended.

She added: "Hard truths and changes and loss and babies and marriages and divorces and miscarriages."

Jennifer explained that she and her co-stars - Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry - didn't realise how emotional the reunion would be for them all following their tough experiences after the show ended.

Jennifer Aniston © Getty Jennifer Aniston

She added to The New York Times: "We were thinking, 'How much fun is this going to be, to go back to Stage 24 exactly the way it was, exactly the way we left it.'

"But it was a sucker punch to the heart.

"It turns out that it's not so easy to time travel.

"One of the real emotional things for me was the realisation that times were so much simpler then.

"For one thing, we didn't have social media the way we have now."

Jennifer Aniston © Getty Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer and David, who played her fictional love interest in the sitcom, have even had to shoot down rumours of a real-life romance between them.

The actress admitted her friends sent her "very funny" messages amid soaring rumours regarding the pair.

She told Marie Claire Australia: "Honestly. I was getting a couple of texts from people saying, 'I thought you were on a break, LOL.'

"And I kept saying, 'What are you talking about?'

Jennifer and co-stars Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry © Getty Jennifer and co-stars Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry

"And then I went online to see what was happening and I was like, 'That is the funniest rumor that I never heard that got shot down in the quickest amount of time.'"

The messages made reference to a catchphrase from the programme.

David's character, Ross Geller, would say he thought his and Jennifer's character, Rachel Green, were "on a break" when he had intimate relations with another woman after an argument.

Despite the speculation, the pair have clarified their relationship is not romantic.

However, David confessed during the Friends reunion that he had developed a "crush" on Jennifer as they filmed the first season of the TV series back in 1994.

David said: "I mean, the first season, I had a major crush on Jen.

"It was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary.

"We respected that."

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