Jennifer Aniston opens up about difficulties filming Friends reunion

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27 Sep 2021, 14:06

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The 90s TV star shared her emotional struggles with shooting The One Where They Get Back Together.

One of the TV highlights of the last year was the wonderfully nostalgic Friends reunion. The unscripted TV special saw the main cast of the hit 90s sitcom reunite on the sofa of Central Perks Coffee to reflect on the original series.

The episode featured a plethora of guest star appearances, from Cindy Crawford to David Beckham to Malala Yousafazi. The cast recreated some iconic scenes and heard from their celeb guests about why they loved the show, but they also had some tearful and emotional moments.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Aniston opened up about the emotional difficulties of returning to film the Friends reunion, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We all had such blissful ignorance going into the reunion,” she said. “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.”

She said that when the series ended in 2004, “we were all bright eyed and bushy-tailed, looking toward the future.”

“But there was a lot to come for everyone — hard truths and changes and loss and babies and marriages and divorces and miscarriages. One of the real emotional things for me was the realization that times were so much simpler then.”

Speaking to actor Rob Lowe on his podcast Literally!, Jennifer added: “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, some easy and some not so easy for each of us.”