Sorry, what? It was revealed that was asked to lose a whopping 30 pounds before she was cast as on — the role that . It’s extremely surprising that she underwent such a serious weight loss. A new book about the beloved sitcom, , divulged that Jennifer didn’t stumble into the role by accident — she put in a lot of hard work to get there.
“She had to lose 30 pounds if she wanted to stay in Hollywood,” author Saul Austerlitz said about the in the page-turner, as reported by Los Angeles was a tough place to be an actress — it was a tough place to be a woman — and Jennifer Aniston’s agent was reluctantly leveling with her.”
The book continued, “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.”
The demand for stars to be impossibly thin — then and now — is obviously problematic, but Jennifer spoke out about the topic at the time and seemed surprisingly unbothered. The actress admitted to losing weight to get jobs early in her career during an interview with in 1996. The impact that the number on the scale had on her career was disappointing but she also recognized the reality of the industry. “My agent gave it to me straight. Nicest thing he ever did … The disgusting thing of Hollywood – I wasn’t getting lots of jobs ’cause I was too heavy,'” she recalled over 20 years ago.
She even confessed that the harsh criticism changed her lifestyle. “I was like, ‘What?!’ But my diet was terrible. Milkshakes and French fries with gravy. It was a good thing to start paying attention,” the A-lister added. It seems like the star took the critique to heart because she still has one of the in Hollywood.
Her trim figure wasn’t the only thing that caught a lot of attention — which ran from 1994 to 2004. Her hair became such a topic of conversation that a layered cut became known as “The Rachel.” Jennifer hilariously disclosed in October 2018 during the awards to honor her hairstylist from the show, Chris McMillan, that she .
“I got that haircut and was like, ‘Wow this is amazing,’ and then I was totally left with this frizzy mop on my head because I had no idea how to do what he did,” she revealed during her speech. “Nobody seems to know how to do what Chris does. And I figured out that’s called creating job security.”