The Friends reunion was nothing short of a warm hug in television form, but Jennifer Aniston didn’t find the experience as cosy and comforting as fans might have.
In fact, Jennifer struggled with the emotion of the reunion at times – and even found herself needing to take a break from filming “at certain points”.
Aniston, who played Rachel Green(e) on the iconic sitcom, has previously admitted that she found the experience “brutal”, but now the actress has explained her reaction to returning to the ‘set’, telling The Hollywood Reporter that it took her “by surprise”.
“I think we were just so naïve walking into it, thinking, ‘How fun is this going to be? They’re putting the sets back together, exactly as they were,'” she recalled.
“Then you get there and it’s like, ‘Oh right, I hadn’t thought about what was going on the last time I was actually here.'”
Jennifer went on to admit that walking through the recreated sets and appearing alongside her former co-stars reminded her of how she felt when the series first aired.
“It just took me by surprise because it was like, ‘Hi, past, remember me? Remember how that sucked? You thought everything was in front of you and life was going to be just gorgeous and then you went through maybe the hardest time in your life?'” she said.
Revealing that she walked out “at certain points”, Jennifer added: “It was all very jarring and, of course, you’ve got cameras everywhere.
“I’m already a little emotionally accessible, I guess you could say, so I had to walk out at certain points. I don’t know how they cut around it.”
Although the Friends reunion reminded Jennifer of “personal…expectations” that had “shape-shifted” and perhaps not worked out as planned, she considers the experience a “blessing” nonetheless.
“But again, everything’s a blessing if you’re able to look at life’s ups and downs in that way,” she said. “And if it all hadn’t happened, I would not be sitting here the woman that I am.”