When Jennifer Aniston was asked to lose 30 pounds for Friends

Updated: Sep 19, 2019, 15:34 IST | IANS |

Is it even possible to forget Jennifer Aniston’s iconic character of Rachel Green?

Jennifer Aniston Photo Courtesy: Instagram
Jennifer Aniston Photo Courtesy: Instagram

Actress Jennifer Aniston was forced to drop 30 pounds (14kg) in order to land her career-launching role in Friends.

In a new book released as a part of the 25th anniversary of the iconic series, Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era, author Saul Austerlitz said that Aniston was asked to slim down significantly in order to portray Rachel Green, reports aceshowbiz.com.

"She had to lose thirty pounds if she wanted to stay in Hollywood," Austerlitz says in his book. "Los Angeles was a tough place to be an actress -- it was a tough place to be a woman -- and Aniston's agent was reluctantly leveling with her."

He added, "Aniston was hardly fat -- everyone could see she was beautiful -- but at the show, she would one day become indelibly associated with, later made a point of noting, the camera added ten pounds."

Aniston previously talked about the pressure she faced to be skinny in a 1996 cover story for Rolling Stone.

The We're the Millers star, now 50, appeared on the hit from 1994 until 2004.

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