Could this be anymore crazy?! Jennifer Aniston almost wasn’t cast as the iconic Rachel Green on Friends.
Actress Jane Sibbett — who you might recognize as Ross Geller’s ex-wife, Carol — recently revealed that she was initially offered the part.
“They wanted me to be one of the main six,” Sibbett told Australia’s News.com.au. “It was Rachel but I usually don’t tell people that because Jen [Aniston]… there’s no one who could’ve done it like Jen.”
Leaves you to wonder, why would the actress turn the chance to be a part of the main cast. Well, it turns out she was pregnant in real life and the producers didn’t see it as a fit for Rachel.
“I asked them [my agents] if they’d told the producers I was pregnant [at the time] and they said, ‘Oh no, we thought we’d tell them later,’” she told the outlet. “And I said, ‘No, you’ve got to tell them now.’ So obviously [the producers] said it wouldn’t work.”
Sibbett does go on to say that she has “no regrets” about not being able to play the legendary TV character. “There’s no way anybody could have come close to what Jennifer Aniston did with Rachel. She was so perfect.”
Even though she didn’t get to play Rachel, Sibbett did give birth to her son, Kai, and then two days later was cast as Geller’s ex-wife, Carol, on the hit show.
“So I got home from the hospital after giving birth to my son and I got a phone call saying that they were replacing Carol and could I come to work the next day,” she told the outlet. “I was in a milky haze. But it was funny. It was only supposed to be a two-week job so I’m very grateful.”
Friends aired on NBC for 10 seasons from 1994-2004. Along with Aniston and Cox, the hit show also starred Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer as friends in their 20s and 30s who lived in Manhattan.
Aniston’s portrayal of Rachel Green will go down in TV history as one of the most influential characters of all time. Green defined the decade of the ’90s with her influence spanning across many industries such as fashion, romance and lifestyle. The Rachel haircut sparked a craze, with many women copying the iconic shag cut, layered and highlighted to Hollywood perfection.
We honestly couldn’t imagine a world without Aniston as the lovable feminist Rachel Green!
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