Losing it for ‘Friends’: Jennifer Aniston was Told to Shed 30 Pounds to stay in Showbiz

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston was asked to lose 30 pounds if she wanted to sustain herself in the showbiz.

In a new book, titled ‘Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era’, Saul Austerlitz said it was always tough to be a woman in the industry and match up to its impossibly high beauty standards.


“She had to lose thirty pounds if she wanted to stay in Hollywood. Los Angeles was a tough place to be an actress, it was a tough place to be ..


According to the excerpts obtained by People magazine, Aniston once received a callback where she was told to wear a leotard, and she jokingly said to her agent: “This’ll blow it for me.”


Her representative, in turn, “responded seriously”.


“Aniston was hardly fat — everyone could see she was beautiful — but as the show she would one day become indelibly associated with later made a point of noting, the camera added 10 pounds,” Austerlitz added.

Aniston had also discussed the same call back in a 1996 interview with The Rolling Stones magazine.

“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,” Aniston had said at that time.

The actor, 50, was cast in the role of Rachel Green in ‘Friends’ in 1994 and the show made her a global star, giving her a strong footing in Hollywood.

Author: Aliyan Aftab

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