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Jennifer Aniston Almost Lost Her Role As Rachel In 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' To This Actress

Written By Shruti Kapadia | Mumbai | Published:

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  • It was the role of Rachel in popular sitcom 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' that made Jennifer Aniston a household name.
  • Jennifer Aniston stunned the audience as she portrayed the role of Rachel Green and was paired opposite David Schwimmer's character of Ross Gellar.
  • Turns out, Jennifer Aniston was not the only actress in the run for being cast as Rachel Green in the popular sitcom.

It was the role of Rachel in popular sitcom 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' that made Jennifer Aniston a household name. Jennifer Aniston stunned the audience as she portrayed the role of Rachel Green and was paired opposite David Schwimmer's character of Ross Gellar. Turns out, Jennifer Aniston was not the only actress in the run for being cast as Rachel Green in the popular sitcom.

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As per reports, Jennifer Aniston almost missed out on the iconic character to actress Tiffani Thiessen. Back in the day, Thiessen was a well-known name in the American television industry. Tiffani Thiessen at that time was known for her portrayal of Kelly Kapowski in teen comedy 'Saved By Bell'. As the cast for 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' was being finalised, Jennifer was 25 years old and had a handful of credits to her name, while Thiessen was 20 years old. 

Jennifer Aniston was fortunate to be cast in the television series which went on to be popular right after the first season premiered in 1994. The reason Aniston was considered was that 20-year-old Thiessen for she was considered too young for the role. Thiessen recently revealed that she had tested for the role of Rachel Green in 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' which was later played by Jennifer Aniston. 

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Reportedly, Thiessen further went on to say that she was a little too young to join the pairing of the rest of the cast. However, Thiessen went on to bag another television role in 'Beverly Hills 90210'. Tiffani played the role of Valerie Malone in the television series that aired from 1994 to 1998. 

Jennifer Aniston was the youngest cast member on the sets of 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S', while Lisa Kudrow who essayed the role of Phoebe Buffay was the eldest being 31 years old. 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' went on to successfully run for 10 seasons before its finale in 2004, making it one of the most successful television shows of all time that aired over a period of 10 years. Turns out that several actresses were considered for the role of Rachel Green including Jane Krakowski and Courtney Cox. However, Courtney Cox ended up playing the character of Monica Gellar who is the best friend of Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel Green and sister to David Schwimmer's character of Ross Gellar. 

 

 

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