There are overweight, unhealthy people in America, but at no time has Jennifer Aniston been one of them. At least while she was on Friends, anyway.
Wait, she was?!
Apparently, at one time during her tenure on Friends, she risked losing her job on Friends because of — no way — her weight.
“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. I was like, ‘What?!’ But my diet was terrible. Milk shakes and French fries with gravy,” she recalled.
For those familiar with Friends (who isn’t?), they had a unique naming schemes for their episodes (see examples below).
This “Rachel is overweight” is the episode we should have seen, because when I think of obesity portrayed in the show, it was the younger Monica (Courteney Cox) that was fat. It was obvious she was in a fat suit, too. I don’t remember any storyline involving Rachel being overweight, but maybe some diehard fan that has memorized the story of each episode can cite a specific episode(?).
Rachel (Jennifer) just wasn’t overweight. I had to look up Aniston’s Wikipedia to see her height. Aniston is 5’5. Her “healthy” body mass index (BMI) range is 115 – 140 pounds. She would be considered overweight from 150-175 and obsese over 180 pounds. Maybe she struggled to be under 150 pounds, but it sure didn’t look that way on camera.
And to think they say the camera adds 10 pounds? It could have added 25-30 pounds and I still don’t think Rachel would have looked overweight. Certainly not overweight enough to lose her job.
It doesn’t stop the fans of the show to keep asking, especially in this age when just about everything is getting the reboot treatment. So many streaming channels looking for original content, something with the original team of friends together again would ring a giant cash register.
I bet the cast is tired of being constantly bombarded with questions about something they don’t have any power to create on their own.
But clearly the ensemble would like to do … something.
Jennifer Aniston teased about this “something” on Ellen Degeneres’ TV show recently:
We would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,” explained Aniston. “So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.” She later joked it’s a “huge, huge, huge movie” but added the main reason the group reunited for dinner a few weeks ago was they “miss each other and we all happened to be in the same part of the world.”
Me? I am intrigued by the idea of the cast working on something other than Friends together. Sure, if the producers could come up with a seductive storyline for a reunion/reboot, I’d like to see that too, but I’m not as obsessive as some fans are about it.
What kinds of “something” could/would this ensemble cast do that isn’t compared to Friends? Perhaps some Ocean’s Eleven type movie? Your guesses are as good as mine.