Jennifer Aniston on Escaping Her Iconic Character on ‘Friends’

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Jennifer Aniston has opened up about her struggle to find herself after ending Friends.

During a discussion on The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actress Roundtable, the actress shared how difficult it was to “shed” her iconic role.

“You just exhaust yourself,” she said of feeling typecast. “I mean, I could not get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me.”

“I could not escape ‘Rachel from Friends,'” she said, “and it’s on all the time and you’re like, ‘Stop playing that f—– show!’ “

It wasn’t until she landed the leading role in the 2002 film The Good Girl that she felt she was able to be known outside of television.

The Good Girl was the first time I got to really shed whatever the Rachel character was, and to be able to disappear into someone who wasn’t. That was such a relief to me. But I remember the panic that set over me, thinking, ‘Oh God, I don’t know if I can do this. Maybe they’re right,'” she recalled.

“‘Maybe everybody else is seeing something I’m not seeing, which is you are only that girl in the New York apartment with the purple walls,'” she continued.

“So, I was almost doing it for myself just to see if I could do something other than that. And it was terrifying because you’re doing it in front of the world,” she added.

Truth be told, it must be hard being known for such an iconic role. But hey! Jennifer seems to have landed on her feet.

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