With rumours circulating about a reunion of the hit TV series, Friends, Jennifer Aniston reveals her real besties are actually her dogs…

It has been a few years since the last episode of Friends was filmed, but it is still regularly shown on our screens and is loved by millions around the globe. Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel in the American sitcom, is quick to tell us that among her closest friends are her dogs.“They are real friends,” she said. “I have some great human friends, of course, but my dog friends are very special. OK, so they don’t text me or buy me flowers, but they do so much more. They pick me up if I need it, they always greet me when I come home and they never complain about anything. I wish I was like that.”

Jennifer Aniston was always going to be an actress because she came from an acting background.“I was actually born in California, but when I was little, I had some of my growing-up time in Greece – only for about a year, though. A lot of people think I am Greek, but I am only partly Greek – my father was born in Greece.My father and mother – John Aniston and Nancy Dow – were both actors, so I was kind of used to the way of life and meeting other people from the profession from a very early age.“I think I was about 11 when I first landed a role. I had been training at the Rudolf Steiner School and they really encouraged the arts. I didn’t need much encouraging, of course, but it was a great place to learn and the drama club put on productions, which helped me get in front of an audience. From there, I went for further training as a student at the High School of Performing Arts in New York, probably better known as the Fame school. It was great and I graduated there, which was a huge thrill.

Becoming Rachel

“I got work in a number of stage productions, which was great, although not quite Broadway, and then I landed a role in the TV series Molloy. I thought I had made it and I got several other parts, but nothing very big. Then along came what was going to be called Friends Like These and I was asked to audition for the part of Monica. I didn’t really think it was me, so I turned it down. Most people who knew me thought I must be crazy to turn something down, but then I was offered another audition for the part of Rachel Green. That worked and I became Rachel. It was a huge success and people used to ask their hairdressers for ‘Rachel’ haircuts and people would stop me in the street and call me Rachel. They still do sometimes!”…

Read the rest of the interview by Bernard Bale in the January issue

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