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Birthday special: 12 interesting facts about Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston gained worldwide recognition by playing Rachel Green in the popular sitcom 'Friends'. But put aside her signature character, how well do you know the Hollywood star? On her 47th birthday, we dig up some interesting facts about the actress

Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston. Pic/Santa Banta

1. Jennifer Aniston was born to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow.

2. When she was 11, one of her paintings was exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

3. She worked part-time as a waitress, telemarketer and bike messenger before stepping into showbiz.

4. Jennifer Aniston was diagnosed with dyslexia in her early 20s.

5. Jennifer Aniston was cast in her first television role in 1990 in 'Molloy'. The show also featured Mayim Bialik, who plays Dr. Amy Fowler in 'The Big Bang Theory'.

Jennifer Aniston was cast in her first television role in 1990 in 'Molloy'. The show also featured Mayim Bialik, who plays Dr. Amy Fowler in 'The Big Bang Theory'.
Jennifer Aniston was cast in her first television role in 1990 in 'Molloy'. The show also featured Mayim Bialik, who plays Dr. Amy Fowler in 'The Big Bang Theory'. Pic/YouTube

6. Jennifer Aniston made her Hollywood debut in the horror film 'Leprechaun' (1993).

Jennifer Aniston made her Hollywood debut in the horror film 'Leprechaun' (1993).
Jennifer Aniston made her Hollywood debut in the horror film 'Leprechaun' (1993). Pic/YouTube

7. She was offered a spot as a featured player on 'Saturday Night Live', but turned it down to do 'Friends'.

8. In 1995, Jennifer Aniston and her 'Friends' co-star Matthew Perry shot a 60-minute instructional video for the release of Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system.

In 1995, Jennifer Aniston and her 'Friends' co-star Matthew Perry shot a 60-minute instructional video for the release of Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system.
Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry in a still from the instructional video of Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system. Pic/YouTube

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9. Jennifer Aniston was Ellen's first guest for the first episode of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in 2003.

Jennifer Aniston was Ellen's first guest for the first episode of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in 2003.
Jennifer Aniston was Ellen's first guest for the first episode of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in 2003. Pic/YouTube

10. Jennifer Aniston co-directed a short film titled 'Room 10' in 2006 with Andrea Buchanan.

11. She has a phobia of flying and fears going underwater.

12. Joey and Chandler's ceramic dog statue in 'Friends' belonged to Jennifer Aniston.

Joey and Chandler's ceramic dog in 'FRIENDS' belonged to Jennifer Aniston.
Joey and Chandler's ceramic dog statue in 'Friends' belonged to Jennifer Aniston. Pic/YouTube

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