Jennifer Aniston Reveals That the ‘Friends’ Reunion Was So ‘Jarring’ That She Had to Walk Out

Fans of Friends had been waiting for a reunion for years, and when it finally came, viewers were filled with emotion. However, for the cast (specifically Jennifer Aniston), it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. In fact, it brought back so many memories that the 52-year-old actress had to walk off set.

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“Time travel is hard. I think we were just so naive walking into it, thinking, ‘How fun is this going to be? They’re putting the sets back together, exactly as they were,’” Aniston told The Hollywood Reporter, referring to the Friends reunion special that aired on HBO Max earlier this year. “Then you get there and it’s like, ‘Oh right, I hadn’t thought about what was going on the last time I was actually here.’ And it just took me by surprise because it was like, ‘Hi, past, remember me? Remember how that sucked? You thought everything was in front of you and life was going to be just gorgeous and then you went through maybe the hardest time in your life?’”

She continued, “It was all very jarring and, of course, you’ve got cameras everywhere, and I’m already a little emotionally accessible, I guess you could say," she continued. "So, I had to walk out at certain points. I don’t know how they cut around it.”

Aniston also revealed how her life plans changed since the sitcom ended.

“It was more personal stuff that I had expectations about that sort of shape-shifted, so to speak," she said. “That was what was jarring, that we all had an idea of what the future was going to be and we were going to go hunker down and focus on this or that and then it all just changed overnight, and that was it," she recalls. "But again, everything’s a blessing if you’re able to look at life’s ups and downs in that way. And if it all hadn’t happened, I would not be sitting here the woman that I am."

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