Jennifer Aniston reveals ‘Friends’ reunion was more ‘brutal’ than she expected

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Jennifer Aniston is revealing personal details about when she filmed the “Friends” reunion.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reunion was delayed for a year but finally premiered this year. While the special was full of emotional moments for fans, Aniston said that she felt the same way.

The 52-year-old actress told Rob Lowe on “Literally!,” a podcast on Audacy, that it was gut-wrenching when she saw her co-stars and the old set on the Warner Bros lot. She added that she was shocked that she was so emotional.

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“We didn’t know what it would look like,” Aniston said. “I mean, we’d been hearing about it for a long time, [and] we knew that people wanted it—fans really wanted kind of a reunion.”

“I think it really took us all down way harder than we anticipated,” she added. “In your mind, you think, ‘Oh, this will be really fun to time travel... It turns out… it’s kind of hard to time travel.”

Before the reunion was filmed, Aniston said that the set had to be recreated for the event. She was shocked how delicately it was protected, saying the location had “the exact same everything, down to the little tchotchkes on the shelves, and little tiny things that had been in storage space [the] whole time.”

If you’re a fan of the show, you may find it hard to realize how many years have passed since the last episode. Aniston is shocked too.

“All of a sudden, here you are, and, you know, 16 years… a lot has gone on for each of us,” she said. “Sixteen years ago, we were all sort of wide-eyed, bushy-tailed, and some kind of had our whole lives ahead of us, even though we were heartbroken to say goodbye to these ten years and… the job we all loved to do.”

“So, going back there—it’s nostalgic in a way that’s kind of also a little melancholy, you know, ‘cause a lot has changed,” she said. “We have all gone down different roads...Some easy and some not-so easy, for each of us.”

Aniston added, “It was brutal...And you also can’t turn it off! … There are cameras everywhere, and I can’t stop crying.”

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