Aniston tells Sebastian Stan in Variety’s current ‘Actors on Actors’ issue why many who guest appeared on the renowned comedy, on which she portrayed Rachel Green, were ‘terrified’ to do so. She explained, “You had an audience. Every actor who was a film actor who came onto our show, they were terrified. It was like, ‘Who are these people laughing at what I’m saying?'”
Friends guest actor Tom Selleck, who played Richard on Friends, acknowledged that he was frightened to participate in the show, but for a different reason than what Aniston shared.
Selleck appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show in April where he shared, “[It’s] really hard to come on a show where everybody’s up to speed. I was scared to death [on Friends]. I had done Taxi a long time before, but I hadn’t done a sitcom. And so, I was really nervous.”
Tom Selleck also spoke about Courtney Cox. He noted, “Courteney helped a lot. Courteney’s a big help. But that group’s an incredible group of friends. They obviously became friends in life as well as on the show. And it shows. It was a wonderful place to work.” Aniston also discusses the recent reunion on ‘Actors on Actors,’ saying that she and the other shows’ actors didn’t anticipate “it to sucker punch us as hard as it did in the emotional gut.”
She added, “We just had the idea this is going to be so fun, we’re going back to the sets exactly the way they were. And literally, every single nook on a shelf was the same. It was so creepy. But each and every one of us, we walked in, it was just like, ‘Oh!’ [It was like] time travel.” “It was ’04 when it ended. And we were different. We were so little. Our lives were ahead of us,” Aniston continued. “And so much has changed. We kind of had rose-coloured glasses going into [the reunion]. And then, it was like, ‘This is really a lot heavier than I thought.'”
Despite the mixed feelings that the reunion evoked, Aniston tells Stan that she wouldn’t change a thing. “Every time we all get together, it’s just like no time has passed. We basically grew up together and taught each other a lot. We’re each other’s fall guy because the world was happening. We were exploding, and that kind of notoriety was sudden. And we were in these four walls doing the show, and this insanity is happening. And thank God we had each other because we really couldn’t talk about it outside. It was before social media, so we still had some sanity,” she shared.