Although all the lead actors in Friends felt a special connection to their characters, Jennifer Aniston and Rachel actually shared similar experiences in their past. Friends is an iconic TV show and one of the best sitcoms ever made. Despite ending almost two decades ago, it is still universally beloved all around the world. The lead actors are superstars, even though their careers after Friends were very different. People still love them for their Friends characters.
Back in 1994, when the show was only starting off, it was more of an experiment than anything else, and it didn’t have nearly enough budget to attract high-tier actors. That’s why the creators of Friends were looking for young and aspiring performers, and they found their folks – a brilliant cast who later became superstars thanks to the show.
Fortunately, this restriction partially became the reason why Friends found the perfect actors for their roles as the young guys who eventually shared many similarities to their characters.
Matt LeBlanc once pursued his dream role as an aspiring actor, just like his character on Friends. However, he wasn’t the only one. Jennifer Aniston had many similarities with her character Rachel Green. Like Rachel, the actress worked as a waitress in New York before landing her dream job. Also like Rachel, she was terrible at her previous job – not as a waitress, but as a telemarketer.
Jennifer Aniston has stated that she never made a single sale when she worked at Days Of Our Lives, much like her character Rachel. Aniston had a family member working on the show, rather than a friend named Joey. So, in terms of life experience, she had quite a lot in common with her character. It helped her nail all the auditions and finally make her long-anticipated breakthrough in the movie industry, not in fashion. However, if she had gone for it, she would have nailed it too. After all, Rachel Green did, and Aniston was the perfect real-life Rachel Green herself.