Jennifer Aniston is one of the most famous names in film and television but before she landed her career-making role in Friends back in the early 1990s, she was told she’d have to lose weight if she wanted to make it in the industry.
In new book Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era, which coincides with the iconic sitcom’s 25th anniversary, author Saul Austerlitz documented the hardships that the Horrible Bosses star encountered when she first moved to the City of Angels to pursue acting.
"She had to lose thirty pounds if she wanted to stay in Hollywood,” he wrote, explaining how a number of executives told her she was “too fat.”
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"Los Angeles was a tough place to be an actress - it was a tough place to be a woman - and Jennifer Aniston’s agent was reluctantly levelling with her.”
"[She] was hardly fat - everyone could see she was beautiful - but as the show she would one day become indelibly associated with later made a point of noting, the camera added ten pounds.”
Aniston made reference to the criticisms she faced from industry professional early on in a 1996 interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
Two years after first playing Central Perk regular Rachel Green, she recalled to the publication: "My agent gave it to me straight. Nicest thing he ever did... The disgusting thing of Hollywood - I wasn’t getting lots of jobs ’cause I was too heavy.
"I was like, ‘What?!’ But my diet was terrible. Milk shakes and French fries with gravy. It was a good thing to start paying attention."
The Just Go With It actor went on to admit that in her 20s, she’d often have a hankering for “the most delicious thing in the world” - mayonnaise sandwiches.