Jennifer Aniston became highly popular with the much loved 90s sitcom, FRIENDS. She had played one of the most iconic characters of her career, Rachel Green. While she made a mark with that outing, there’s another iconic show that she had refused to do. Any guesses which one was it?
It’s none other than the Saturday Night Live (SNL). Yes, you read that right, Jen was almost a part of SNL. Back in 2011, her Murder Mystery co-actor, Adam Sandler had revealed to Oprah Winfrey that Jen had tuned down SNL for FRIENDS. Crazy, isn’t it?
But it was totally worth it. Can you imagine someone else playing the character of Rachel? “I remember being on the ninth floor where Lorne Michaels’ office was, and seeing Jen come in. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. There’s Aniston. Is she about to be on our show?’,” Sandler had shared.
Later, Jen had also revealed that SNL wasn’t really happy with her decision of choosing FRIENDS over their show. “They thought I was making a huge mistake,” Jen added. She didn’t like the vibe of the show and hence politely refused to be a part of it. “I didn’t think I would like that environment,” she said. “I remember showing up and [Adam] Sandler was there, and [David] Spade was there. I had known them already and they were like, ‘Look, the Aniston’s here.'”
Recalling her conversation with Michaels and the SNL team, Jen said, “I was such a young twit. I was like, ‘I think the women need to be treated better here’ because it was such a boys’ club.”
Jen further reiterated, “You know, you’re just not the brightest when you’re in your early twenties. I didn’t lecture, I was just saying what I would hope, if I was to do this, what I would hope it to be.”
Well, that’s how Jen is and we love her for her honest choices.