Trivia / Jennifer Aniston

  • Actor Allusion:
    • By proxy. In Office Christmas Party she's seen reading The Girl on the Train. Her husband Justin Theroux played Tom in the film adaptation of the book. The same film also has a line where her character is said to be "salad and Smart Water" - Jennifer is a spokeswoman for Smart Water in real life.
    • In the Friends episode with Monica and Chandler's wedding, Rachel finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is her family's real last name.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: She did Along Came Polly so she could dance the salsa.
  • Beauty Inversion:
  • Casting Gag: Rachel's best friend Mindy, who stole her fiancee, is played by Jennifer Grey. Both actresses had played Jeannie Bueller - Grey in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Aniston in the attempted spin-off TV series.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
  • The Danza: Almost. In Office Space she played Joanna, which is her middle name.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • She dyed her hair a dark brown for Horrible Bosses, even fighting the studio to let her do so, as producers feared she wouldn't be instantly recognizable in the promotional spots.
    • Subverted in Leprechaun. The studio wanted her to bleach her hair blonde, but the director had her keep it brown.
  • Enforced Method Acting: For The Good Girl, she wore wrist weights so as to look more worn down.
  • 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.
  • I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: Particularly in the 2000s where all her roles evoked the same public image of her as this fun-loving, fashionable party girl. She was even turned down for 24 because of this. But she did manage to avoid this in Horrible Bosses and Cake (2014).
  • Old Shame:
    • Leprechaun. Jennifer recalls being proud of the film when she first got it - as it was her first studio picture and she was starring alongside Warwick Davis. Then she became famous for Friends and ashamed of it. She does poke fun at it though.
    • The famous Rachel hairdo she sported in the second season of Friends. She hated the cut, didn't understand the fascination with it and grew it back at once.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Jennifer and Reese Witherspoon didn't get on while filming Friends, so Jill was written out and a new sister Amy - played by Christina Applegate - was used.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • She dated Vince Vaughn while they were both starring in The Break-Up together.
    • Inverted. She had split up from her engagement with Tate Donovan right before he starred as her boyfriend on Friends.
  • Star-Making Role: Rachel Green in Friends turned her into a superstar.
  • Those Two Actors: Jason Sudekis has starred with her in We're the Millers, The Bounty Hunter, Mother's Day and both Horrible Bosses films.
  • Throw It In!: The white dog in Joey and Chandler's apartment was a gift someone had bought her when she started acting. She brought it to the set for the day, and producers liked it so much they kept using it.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: She has flirted with this a couple of times, straying into dramatic roles in The Good Girl and Cake (2014).
  • Typecasting: With the popularity of Friends she was put in lots of romantic comedies where she usually played the Manic Pixie Dream Girl or other roles that evoked Rachel Green in some way.
  • What Could Have Been...: Which might explain why she auditioned for the role of Special Agent Caitlin Todd and even asked TPTB to hold off on starting the show until she was available (NCIS premiered in 2003, the year Friends began its last season.
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