Yes. I only have to be seen in public with a guy and the engagement
notices go in the papers. The money that people have made out of these
tabloid papers and TV shows is unbelievable. It's the disgusting side of
Hollywood. They're always making up fights between the Friends
co-stars. There was one in Star magazine that said I was
"The Queen of Mean". I was like "Whaat!?"
Then they said I wouldn't let my boyfriend do an audition for a play
because it would take away from "our time together". It was
just awful. Another story said that I'd had a cat fight with Sandra
Bullock. It was one big lie. So as a joke I sent her flowers to make up.
Have you ever been tempted to do a Sean Penn
and punch the paparazzi?
I've considered punching them out, they're awful people and I can
certainly understand why Sean Penn would want to beat the shit out of
them. They don't understand that they're ruining your life and they say
that because you became famous you gave up your right to privacy. I
did? Where was that written?
To redress the balance, you should check out
the Holy Tabernacle of Aniston the Divine - an Internet group whose
central tenets include 'Like some plants, Jennifer does not need to eat
in order to survive, and can take sustenance from the air itself',
perhaps most puzzlingly, 'Gravity does not affect Jennifer'...
Oh my God, I'm totally blushing! Ha ha ha! I don't understand why the
laws of physics don't apply to me though, because looking at my body
they certainly do! Actually I'm into the Internet. A while ago it was
something of an addiction for me, I would be on it until like 3am. But
now I surf the 'Net and pretend I'm someone else. I change my name on an
almost weekly basis. Sometimes I go into chat rooms and just see what
people are saying about me, and I've walked in on plenty of
conversations about myself. One person was saying, "I think I got
rear ended by Aniston."
Have you learned anything about yourself on the
Internet that you didn't know about before?
Yeah, that I was having an affair with David Schwimmer from the show.
Someone was saying how they'd seen us kissing in a mall. I certainly
didn't know about it and I don't think he did either - although we'd
probably have enjoyed it, had it happened, ha ha ha! But you know, I'm
rumoured to be having sex with every famous man in Hollywood; and the
truth is I haven't had sex with anyone famous.
Have you made comments about yourself on-line?
Oh yeah, when the whole thing about my new haircut happened, I was
saying thinks like, "I am so sick of hearing about Jennifer
Aniston's haircut! Let's go back to what Friends is really about
- the stories and the actors and not the haircut." It's just a fad.
It'll go away. I do more on Friends than just flop in there with
this bouncy little shag.
A bouncy little what?
Oh my God - I've just remembered that you guys use shag to mean screw,
don't you? And the truth is, I've had no decent shags in this business.
Ha ha ha! You know, talking about the language difference, I've just
learned what 'wobbler' means and it's now my new favourite word. So now
I throw wobblers.
What car do you drive?
I drive a 1970 280 SL Mercedes. For an antique, gorgeous car it wasn't
that expensive, although I'm not about to tell you how much! I still
have a Land Rover too, but I mostly drive the Mercedes now - it's my new
toy. It's been a fantasy car of mine for some time. I had the Land Rover
before Friends even started, as I've always liked big trucks.
Driving is such a pain in the ass that I like to feel bigger that
everybody else. You guys don't have trucks, do you? You even have midget
Size isn't everything, Jennifer. Now, have you
had any big crashes recently?
No, nothing, I'm an excellent driver.
Really, because I remember reading that not too
long ago you crashed your car and got away with it by signing a
photograph for the woman whose car you'd hit...
Oh yeah, but that wasn't a crash. That was just a bump and it wasn't my
fault. It was lucky I had some head shots in the car though! But I'm an
excellent driver, really. Although I'm sure that Matthew Perry (Chandler
in Friends) would beg to differ - he said I was the worst driver in
the history of drivers and that if he knows I'm going somewhere in my
car, he stays home. But he drives a black Porsche. It's tiny. Porches
are a tiny little extension of a man's umm, male self.
Surely your flash car is a classic example of
My new car? My new old car? No! That's a classic car.
Believe me, there's no penis envy thing going on here. No, it's a tiny
little thing. It looks like my grandmother, if anything. It's white and
it's light and it's old and it kind of breaks down - it's a clunker, but
it's really pretty.
We were pretty impressed at FHM to learn
that Telly Savalas was your godfather...
I was pretty impressed too. He was just the coolest guy. He'd send me
lollipops in the mail and I remember on my seventh birthday he had a
pink bicycle delivered to my door. He was one of those unbelievably
generous human beings to his entire family, and there were a lot of
Did he used to say "Who loves you
baby?" to you?
Not that I can remember. But he may have done. I mean I could say he did
and make this article really cool though.
You're Greek, aren't you? What's your family
The Greeks are unbelievable! Their traditions are very strong. Greek
families are like the Mafia except they're a lot friendlier. Just
recently, I went back there with my boyfriend, Tate Donovan. We spent
five glorious days in Santorini. We were just on the verge of being
there in the 'summer lovers' period but we missed it, and that was what
I'd gone for! I had all my bikinis and gauze wraps and stuff ready to
wear... and we were looking for our third lover, but we couldn't find
one because it was too cold! Then we went to Crete, which is spectacular
- that's where I lived when I was little.
What are you like on ouzo!
Errgh! I hate ouzo! There is nothing more disgusting to me. When you add
something to ouzo, it turns white - you explain that phenomenon to me.
There's gotta be something wrong with it. I'm telling you, Greek white
wine, especially from Santorini, is so unbelievable, but ouzo... no. But
I have just started liking feta cheese for the first time. I used to
hate Greek food. Basically it's awful food.
Have you ever got off with a Greek waiter
No, never. And you know, I could never marry a Greek man, because I grew
up in a Greek family - oops! - maybe I shouldn't say any more. I'll get
in trouble with my family.
Oh, go on...
Okay. Well, I think Greek men are... behind the times. Women are still
second-class citizens, pregnant in the kitchen while the men sit around
drinking ouzo and smoking cigarettes after dinner instead of helping
with anything. And Greek men are well known for being philanderers. My
dad is a Greek man and I love him with all my heart, but... Greek men
are all about big moustaches, lots of ouzo and dancing with women who
aren't necessarily their wives. And also their moms tell them they're
perfect so they think they can do no wrong. And there's nothing worse
than a man who thinks he can do no wrong. Let's get real.
What's your favourite swear word?
Fuck. I wish we could ad-lib 'fuck' into our TV show. I love that word.
Maybe only my character, Rachel, should be allowed to say it though. I
wish we could be like Absolutely Fabulous and swear and talk
about sex and drugs. That would be great!
When was the last bender you went on?
I don't know when the last time I got drunk was, it was so long ago. I
went out with the girls on a big night out last night, but I didn't get
drunk. I just have fun on life. I know that sound really sappy and
Hallmark cardy, but I don't like to get drunk. I don't like how it
Did an old agent of yours really tell you to
lose weight if you wanted to make it in Hollywood?
Uh huh. But at the time I wasn't fat, I was just Greek. I'm a Greek
woman and that figure is big tits and big ass. I hear that British men
love that old Venus figure, that's what a woman should be - voluptuous.
Maybe I should move to London. I have a hard time with society's idea of
what women should look like - stick thin. And the terrible thing for me
is that people talk about the girls on Friends being so skinny
and being such unrealistic role models, but I'm telling you that I'm not
skinny! I am thin, and certainly I used to be a lot heavier. When I was
a kid I used to eat mayonnaise sandwiches - the most delicious thing in
the world. My favourite was tuna-mayo, but with the tuna left out. I was
a fat child.
Do you stand in front of the mirror pressing
your bum to make it look like you've got cellulite?
Oh yeah! Me and Courteney and Lisa (Kudrow, Friends' Phoebe) do
it to each other constantly - "Look at that, look at that,"
and then we make each other look at it. It's the most bizarre thing.
And when you ask a guy if he thinks your fat,
do you kill him if he says yes?
Yes. Exactly! But I actually don't ever dare to ask the question. I
don't ask because I figure that if they don't say anything to me I'd
rather be under the illusion that I'm fine.
What's the first thing you criticise about your
Oh God, that's the kind of thing you I should never tell you because
everyone will start looking for it, but I have always wished I had
longer legs. And of course all women have a problem with their hips.
Definitely, hips, hips, hips. And I've got child-bearing hips. I will
not have a problem bearing a few puppies. Giving birth will not be a
problem for Jennifer Aniston.
Do the Friends boys get embarrassed when
you girls talk about sex?
Yeah, but they love it - all boys do. We've gotten into some pretty
intense conversations about sex and it's such a kick for us because they
love hearing it, and we really go off on it sometimes just to entertain
What habits do guys have that would have you
packing your bags?
Oh, you'd have to be pretty bad for me to move out. No communication is
a bad thing that guys are guilty of. I hate men who are selfish with
their feelings - men who can't talk about the way they feel. But I'm not
demanding at all. Making me a cup of coffee is an awesome thing to do.
The first time my boyfriend brought me coffee in bed, I almost wept - I
couldn't believe it. I'd never had anyone do that for me before.
I think you've been seeing the wrong kind of
guys. How would I woo you?
Be yourself. Be funny. And generous. I'm still very old-fashioned and I
have a problem with some of these Nineties men. I still believe in men
courting women and I still believe in dates and I still believe in a man
picking up a woman at her house and when you want to go steady you say
"will you be my girlfriend?" I love that - I love tradition. I
think it's quite romantic. I like a guy with a sense of humour, a
gentleness, someone that's comfortable with who he is. Someone that's no
bullshit, you know what I mean?
If you were to give us one piece of sexual
advice, what would it be?
I don't think guys are doing anything wrong, but I do think you're too
conscious of yourselves. Stop being aware of what you're doing and how
it's appearing, and just feel it. You're always worrying 'Is she
enjoying this?' and 'Is my thing big enough?' But who cares? Sex is a
messy enough business at the best of times. And I think it's important
to be able to laugh when you're having sex - when it's appropriate. It
can be very damaging when you laugh at the wrong moment.
What is you number one turn-on?
I don't have any weird secret turn-ons, if that's what you're after. I'm
pretty much run-of-the-mill sexually, which is often to people's dismay.
Did Marcel, the Friends monkey, ever
make a pass at you?
No. No. Well, actually, just once, but I said no and spoke to the monkey
trainers and had them deal with him. It was very uncomfortable on set
for a while, but we got through it. I think they had to feed him more
worms and keep him in the dark. Now if we meet, we're both professional.
And what about Jean Claude Van Damme who is in
the new episode, The One after the Superbowl?
No, he didn't make a pass, but he invited Courtney and I to his trailer
to have dinner. We were laughing so much afterwards. I mean, he was
nice, but I can't figure him out. You just look at someone who's that
huge a superstar and you wonder 'Why does he have that guy with him all
the time?', 'Does he really have to have everything done for him?',
'Does he do anything for himself?', 'Does he do his own laundry?' I'm
fascinated by people like that. He didn't seem like a real person. I
don't want to be quoted as saying anything bad about him but I think
that European men like him have a weird way of thinking about women. I
don't think he sees them as equal or people he can talk to. He thinks of
them as playthings.
And who would you have rather gone on a date
with, Marcel or Jean Claude?
Oh, definitely Mar... oh no, oh no! Neither of them! No comment! No
comment! No comment! You'll get me in trouble!
Why was Marcel so unpopular with the Friends
Well, I love the monkey... when I watch him on TV. But, boy, that
friggin' monkey could waste time on set. It could be cute, cute, cute
then it would go into Outbreak mode, and we'd all be in trouble.
Do the Friends cast actually have any
We don't think we're the greatest looking bunch of people in the world.
Admittedly we haven't been stricken by God, but look close and you'll
see we're not the best looking people. And you're talking to someone who
was not the most popular girl at school, so it's funny to me that all of
a sudden I'm being called a sex symbol. I was definitely an ugly
duckling. I look at pictures of myself in high school and I think, how
come I was allowed out of the house looking like I did? I had a shaved
head and earrings up the side, and I wore the most unbelievable amount
of make-up. I looked awful.
What is the worst fashion faux-pas you've made?
When I was younger, I had a pair of purple and black striped pants.
Considering the weight I was at, it was unbelievable that I even allowed
myself to wear these things. It was another big mistake from the queen
of the fashion faux pax. I really am like that. And even today I have no
idea. I don't know any designers, I don't know the materials, and still
people think that I'm a fashion victim.
In your career, you've been in your fair share
of clunkers, haven't you?
Run me through the concept of Herman's Head...
It's a guy's head, and inside of it are all the little people who are
the brain - making decisions - and you saw them inside of his head, but
it was actually really fun. I played Herman's sister.
And what about erm, Camp Cucamonga?
I don't recall. I really don't recall.
You lie! What about that Celtic slasher movie, Leprechaun?
I deny that movie. I deny it was me in it. My apologies to Mark Jones
who directed it, but I deny it, I deny it, I deny it!
Tell me something you've never told anyone
When I was 14, my friend and I were in Webbers (a big American
haberdashery) and we lifted some make-up, and that was pretty daring
and bad. Oh yeah, another thing is that I can't go out in the rain
because my hair gets curly, And another thing is that I have a tattoo on
No, I don't really, but I want to get one. I'd want it to be really
beautiful and say something, like a beautiful African symbol. It'd
certainly look better than the heart with a sword stuck through it. Or
maybe I should get my car tattooed on my ass.
Would you have screwed Young Elvis or
Neither. I never fancied him. I had a thing for Danny Kaye. I liked the
nice boys. Bad boys are not my scene.
You caught quite a lot of slack for a recent
American Rolling Stone photo shoot where you bared your arse,
I even had a women stopping me in the street and saying, "Why did
you have to do that?" Well, first of all, it's none of your
business why I do something and for you to make a judgement on it is
wrong. I get so livid about it, I'll sit there in the street and talk to
a stranger about it for 45 minutes, just so there's one less person out
there who thinks badly of me. But you know what? Fuck it and Fuck 'em, I
don't care. And no, I'm not about to go and do Playboy. The
centrefold is not going to happen. But I wanna hear the offers, so I can
turn them down!
And what do you think of your number one
position in FHM's American TV babes list?
I came first? You're kidding?! That's funny. That really makes me laugh.
That's very cool. You know, I think I really need to live in
As recently as 1994, the name Jennifer Aniston
was virtually unknown. Three short years down the line, she's put her
name to one of the most popular TV series on the planet, cut her big
screen teeth on She's The One and got a religion named after her.
And while the (sadly now-defunct) Holy Tabernacle Of Aniston The Divine
homepage would have us believe many things (among them, "Jennifer
can do no wrong, ever," "No aspect of Jennifer is
insignificant," and of course, "Great hair is a spiritual
gift"), even it would have to concede that no one makes their
imprint on a whole generation by capillary perfection alone.
It's a "love her or love her" set-up
with Jennifer Aniston, and much of that appeal can be credited to her
role as Rachel in Friends. At the casting sessions, Aniston had
been up for the part of Monica, which might well have changed the course
of TV history as we know it. Somehow, though, we'd have muddled through
and found a whole new way of falling in love with her. The same way we
did with Rachel.
The only female cast member to actually make an
entrance in the Friends pilot episode, Rachel Karen Green
burst into our world bedraggled, wet through and - just to make sure
we'd really remember her - in full bridal attire. Over the next 30
minutes we came to know a spoilt little girl, woefully dependant on
others, as inextricably caught up in her own "situations" as
she was blissfully oblivious to others'. But she was, at the end of it
all, a good sort, and we adored her from the word go. Those of us who
weren't immediately smitten by a crush of Ross proportions would have
been happy to, I don't know, simply be a little more like her.
Rachel appeals to the part of us that wants to
look after someone - and we kid ourselves that it's what she needs.
Monica - on first impressions, at least - seems way too much like hard
work, especially with that sanity-challenging "neat" thing
going on. Phoebe, on the other hand, is... well, too Phoebe, leaving
Rachel as the girl Friend who we want for a girlfriend. In Rachel
we see a girl who's no less crap at running her emotional life than the
rest of us, someone who keeps getting it so wrong, but who so
desperately wants to get it right. She is, in brief, the most human
character ever to emerge from a Stateside sitcom.
Not, of course, that we would normally be so
foolish as to confuse the actor with the character, but the Friends
do, to a greater or lesser degree, provide a luxurious exception to that
particular rule. "Jennifer was the part," confirms Friends
produce Kevin Bright, recalling Aniston's first reading for the role.
"She was funny. She was pretty. It all came through in one big
And it keeps coming. The eargerly-awaited third
series has just kicked off on Channel 4 and series one and two were
recently repeated. Rachel's character goes through as many developments
as Matthew Perry's hairstyle, but throughout it all, Aniston delivers
one-liners with the kind of killer timing that makes Absolutely
Fabulous seem cack-handed. Whether she realises it or not, Jennifer
Aniston is without question one of the funniest, most attractive women
on TV today.
Now Aniston's career is moving to its next
phase. And, Courtney Cox in Scream excepted, while the other Friends'
big screen outings have by and large failed to bring the same sort of
acclaim as their TV work, Aniston has been more fortunate.
First there was Ed Burns' second feature, She's
The One. "We were four weeks from shooting and starting to get
scared," recalls Burns, whose casting sessions for the part of
Renee had, at that stage, been totally fruitless. "They went whiney
and bitchy instead of vulnerable. I called up and basically pleaded with
her manager, 'Is there any way?'" Already a fan of The Brothers
McMullen, Aniston was happy to oblige. "It was one of my most
favourite memories of being an actress," she beams. "To go to
New York and do a movie with wonderful people and a really fun role -
what more could you ask for?" As Renee, the injured corner of a
love triangle involving Cameron Diaz and Mike McGlone, Aniston enjoyed a
"Why is it such a big thing?" on-screen moment with a
battery-powered martial aid but, far more importantly, made the
transition from small to big screen stardom without any apparent
hitches. Well, that's how we saw it. Aniston herself recalls it
differently: "I remember seeing She's The One for the first
time," she frowns. "I was like, 'I should not be on a screen
Cinema audiences blithely exercised their right
to beg to differ and the movie career gained momentum. Later this year,
we will see Aniston alongside Kevin Bacon in Picture Perfect,
where she plays and ed exec who ends up meeting the very boyfriend she
fabricated for her friend's benefit. But first up is 'Till There Was
You, a romantic comedy of the best Sleepless In Seattle
tradition. So far there's been no "TV vs movies" conflict,
although who knows what the next 10 years will bring? "That's a
good question," she laughs. "I asked myself that not too long
ago. Hopefully still working as an actress and, hopefully, producing.
Maybe even directing..."
As Aniston's profile has increased, however, so
has press interest. "There's a good and bad side to
everything," she sighs. "Especially if you're an actor. You're
just out there." On the bad side, tabloid gossips have
(erroneously) reported how she and Courtney Cox ended up having a
full-on catfight over Aniston's ex, Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz.
Aniston maintains that Cox and Duritz aren't actually dating, a fact
which seems to be confirmed by Cox's declaration that, "I can't go
out with anybody if my friend has even kissed them." That,
obviously, hasn't deterred LA's gossip-mongers, whose finest
"creation" of late has been the tale of how Sandra Bullock
(that's nice, cosy, cardi-wearing Sandra, right?) trashed Aniston's
apartment when she started seeing Bullock's ex-squeeze, Tate Donovan.
Nonsense, of course, and you can understand Aniston's distaste for the
Get onto Tate and it's a different kettle of
fish. "Yes, I'm in love with him. He's a sweetie," she smiles,
gazing into the distance as she recalls their first date. "I had
butterflies, but then we met and he was easy to talk to. I've never had
such good talking chemistry."
But Tate's not the only one to fall under her
spell. The public's love affair with Aniston is set to go on... and
on... and on...
As Friends' Rachel has got her act
together with the latest series of the unstoppable sitcom (she's simple,
independant and career-driven), so her alter-ego Jennifer Aniston has
increasingly invaded the corners of our lives. Be it during the fourth
run of Friends or in her big screen hat-trick, She's The One,
Picture Perfect and The Object Of My Affection, Ms Aniston
has proven herself and established a load of respect. Not to mention
nabbing top billing in one readers' poll after another.
So you could be forgiven for almost expecting a
hard-nosed, motor-mouthed control freak to emerge in interviews. But you
couldn't be more off the mark. Instead, this vision of fragile beauty,
with flawless creamy skin, nice hair (of course) and the bluest eyes on
the planet, glides into a plush suite at a ritzy Beverly Hills hotel
wearing a we're-all-girls-together grin.
Wearing a figure-hugging, spagetti-strap,
dip-dyed dress, the Friends star is a lot thinner in the flesh
and unfathomably sweet. Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. Jennifer is
here to promote last month's romantic comedy, The Object Of My
Affection, in which she plays Nina, a loveable bohemian feminist,
who falls pregnant by her boyfriend but is head over heels in love with
her gay roommate.
We meet the day after Ginger Spice exercises
some of her girl power by announcing to the world that she's had enough
of being a Spice Girl (what took you so long, Geri?), so it seems rather
fitting to open the conversation by informing her of the mourning of
British pop fans...
How would you feel if one of the central six
left Friends - something to consider after the Spice Girls split?
Who left the Spice Girls? The Spice Girls broke up?
Ginger Spice has left.
Which is Ginger?
The one with the blonde in the front? She quit the band? What are they
going to do? Are they going to go on?
Erm, I'm usually the one asking the questions.
They're going to tour the US without her. How do you feel about that?
I'm a little in shock! I gotta catch my breath for a minute. No, it just
makes me laugh for some reason. I don't know why. Maybe I can become the
next Spice Girl! Whad'ya think?
What kind of Spice would you be?
(Laughs)I don't know.
So, how would you feel if the show became Friend-less?
I don't know. I just don't think it will ever happen.
What are your expectations for the next series?
What do you want to happen?
Well, I love his English friend but I don't
want Ross to move, so...
Yeah, I don't know what's going to happen 'cos people love the pursuit
with Ross and Rachel more than they love us together. I don't think they
- the writers - know what's going to happen. They get themselves to the
end of a season and then they say: "Thank God, we've got four
months to figure out what to do."
But what are your hopes for next season?
Well, it's been great in the last season, in terms of Rachel really
getting in touch with her identity, her independance, her job and making
her own living. And also being in a relationship at the same time and
not knowing how to handle the two. I love that. But I would love to see
somebody move out or do something.
Who do you most socialise with from Friends
I would say mainly the girls. We're very close.
How's Lisa's son Julian doing? Have you met him
I've not met her baby. I spoke to her right before, as her legs were
numbing, and right after. She's so happy. She's in New York making a
movie. I just got back myself and they told me, "Yeah, Lisa's in
New York." I'm like, what do you mean? She's just had a baby. She
can't be doing anything!
How do you know when you're in love?
I think it's butterflies. I don't know what it looks like and I don't
know how to describe it. I think it's just a feeling and God knows if
I've ever even felt it!
Do you believe in love at first sight?
(Long pause)No. No. I don't think so.
So, you think you have to get to know someone
before there's any smooching?
Oh, yeah. Oh, definitely. I mean, you can fall in lust with someone at
first sight or even in like with someone at first sight, but I don't
think you can fall in love at first sight.
How do you feel about getting married and
starting a family?
Oh, I definitely want to do all of that. My dream as a little girl, of
course, was always to have a husband and a family and all that stuff.
How do you deal with what the tabloids have
written about you?
I just ignore it now because it's all bullshit. It's amazing what
they'll come up with. I mean, it really amazes me.
What's the best thing you've ever read about
The funniest thing that comes to mind was when I read I was dating this
wrestler (shouts out to publicist sitting in the back room), what
was his name? He's a world wrestler. Oh, Flash, that's it! He was
married, but his wife was OK with it (laughs). There were like
direct quotes from this guy!
Did you ever meet Flash?
No! I've never met a lot of people I've been hooked up with.
What's the most hurtful thing that you've read?
It was probably when I was going through a break-up. I just can't do
anything in private. And people's feelings were getting hurt and untrue
things were being said. You know, speculation about why, and all that
Do you feel like you want to clear things up?
It makes you want to go out and make a public statement. But no, I'm not
going to give it to them. These tabloids are just trash.
What's it like to go through a break-up in
It's just bizarre. It's so not-newsworthy. I mean that's not interesting
to me. I guess it's always been like that.
Did you read the tabloid gossip before you
became a celeb?
Oh, sure. I still get it. Back then I also believed it, but now I know
what it is.
So, would you say this is the largest downside
to being successful in Hollywood?
Yeah, and it's not a bad one. I'd say it's a downside to walk out of
your house and there's somebody there, waiting for you. All of a sudden:
Woo... There are people out there. Or being followed in a car, I don't
know if that man's a paparazzo or just somebody who wants to hunt me
down and murder me. You just don't know. So everything goes through your
Have you ever called the police because you've
Yeah. I've driven somebody right into a police station. Don't mess with
me. There has to be a line drawn because you wanna give what you want to
give, but then you also need to protect what's yours