Jennifer Aniston Was Told to Drop 30 Pounds Before Starring in Friends, Book Reveals

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Jennifer Aniston looks in shape and just timeless even now, at 50 years old but it turns out that even she had to deal with impossible beauty standards in Hollywood. According to a brand new book, the actress was asked to lose no less than 30 pounds before she got to portray the beloved character of Rachel on Friends!

It was the role that went on to make her a huge star but before that, she would supposedly be told by her agent at the time that she’d never get any gigs if she did not lose weight.

The book is meant to mark the show’s 25th anniversary and it’s titled ‘Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era’ by Saul Austerlitz.

The author writes that ‘She had to lose 30 pounds if she wanted to remain in Hollywood. L.A. was a tough place to be an actress —a tough place to be a woman — and Jennifer Aniston’s agent was leveling with her.’

It’s hard to believe that anybody would ever think Jennifer Aniston needed to shed any of the pounds but it seems like that was the case.

Apparently, the famous star got a call back to an audition where she needed to wear a leotard.

That being said, she joked with her agent that ‘This’ll blow it for me,’ but the agent ‘responded seriously.’

Saul goes on to mention that ‘Aniston was hardly fat — everybody could see that she was beautiful — but as the show she’d one day become indelibly associated with made a point of noting, the camera added 10 pounds.’

Eventually, Jen went on to lose the pounds and then got cast on Friends as Rachel Green. The rest is history.

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