Creator / Jennifer Aniston
Her famous '90s haircut from Friends that launched a million imitators.

Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is a Greek-American actress famous for playing Rachel Green in Friends. She has been romantically linked with several actors, most famously Brad Pitt, to whom she was married from 2000-05. Currently married to former co-star Justin Theroux, she has starred in several Romantic Comedies since the end of Friends in 2004.

Roles of note:

Associated Tropes:

  • Breakup Breakout: Although Rachel Green is still easily her most iconic role, she has been far more successful than her Friends co-stars since the show ended.
  • Chick Flick: Her bread and butter throughout the 00s.
  • The Danza: invoked "Joanna" (her real middle name) in Office Space
  • Dyeing for Your Art: invoked Had to fight to dye her hair to a real dark brunette for Horrible Bosses as producers feared she wouldn't be instantly recognizable in the promotional spots.
  • Here Comes the Science: Provided the page quote in her L'Oreal adverts.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: The book Desperate Networks (about how TV worked during the mid '90s through the 2000s) goes into some detail about how she was a "network darling", and the studio was actively looking to give her a break-out role. The Hype Machine got behind her big-time, showcasing her constantly in all forms of media. She is actually given far more mainstream press than her non-A-list movie career would warrant, except for the fact that she's wildly famous regardless of her films' success, and she sells magazines very well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A rare example of an actress becoming this later in her career. While she spent her first decade after Friends starring in female-oriented romantic comedies, she began taking saucier roles in films like Horrible Bosses and We're the Millers after she turned 40. The only times where she was plenty Fanservicey before that were in Leprechaun and The Break-Up; the most famous scene from the latter was her walking around naked while Gary (Vince Vaughn) while playing a boxing video game. He gets knocked out. Not to mention the fact that her nipples seem to be able to poke out of any sort of clothing, on screen or off.
  • Playing Against Type: invoked
  • Plucky Girl: Her Rachel Green character.
  • Product Placement: The famous "Rachel-do" hairstyle from Friends.
  • Romance on the Set: invoked With Vince Vaughn in The Break-Up. Guess how both turn out. In fact, in one of those "Once You've Seen It, You're Unable To Not Notice It" situations,note  she has a habit of dating (or simply being rumored to be dating) a male in whatever movie she's making at the time.
  • Stage Names: Kinda. Her father (John Aniston of Days of Our Lives)'s last name at birth was Anastassakis, but changed it to Aniston later in life to make it easier for viewers to pronounce.
  • Typecasting: She will always be known, for better or for worse, for starring in countless middling Romantic Comedies throughout the 00s.