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What Was Jennifer Aniston’s 1st Acting Role? A Complete Guide to Her Incredible Hollywood Career 

Fans of Jennifer Aniston have been obsessed with her bombshell roles, captivating persona on and off screen and her ability to transform into any character. Her role of Rachel Green on Friends comes to mind as one of her most memorable and iconic portrayals. The superstar has also become a mainstay of romantic comedy films, made guest appearances on TV shows, and tackled work in a wide variety of genres throughout her career

Born February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, California, Jennifer’s family moved to New York City when she was a child. She attended Waldorf school as her parents, John Aniston and Nancy Dow were pursuing acting careers of their own. At the age of 11, the multitalented performer discovered a passion for acting and enrolled in Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, joining the school’s drama society. 

Some of the Emmy winner’s first roles took place off-Broadway in shows like For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker’s Grave. She made her film debut in 1988’s Mac and Me, followed by the TV adaptation of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Years later, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Friends came knocking and Jennifer quickly became one of the most popular sitcom stars of all time. 

“I started to find my confidence when I was on Friends, for sure,” the film producer told InStyle in August 2019. “In a way, being on that show was the ultimate trust exercise. There was comfort in numbers there, so we all held each other up.”

The series aired its final episode in 2004 after 10 successful seasons with its ensemble cast. Jennifer often looks back at her time on the program with a smile on her face. 

“I miss a lot about that time,” she reflected. “Having a job that was absolute, pure joy. I miss getting to be with people I love massively and respect beyond words. So, yes, these days I’m super nostalgic.”

In the years that followed, Jennifer starred in Bruce Almighty, Along Came Polly and Horrible Bosses. The Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient was married twice, first to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005 and then to Justin Theroux from 2015 to 2018. She has been very candid about not having kids during the height of her fame. 

“[I don’t] like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women — that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated. I don’t think it’s fair,” the scene stealer said during an interview with Allure in December 2014. “You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering — dogs, friends, friends’ children.”

Keep scrolling to take a look back at all of Jennifer’s movie and TV roles throughout her career.