‘It was like a punch in the heart!’: Jennifer Aniston says returning to the Friends set after 17 years was like ‘time travel’ to a specific era of her life
Jennifer Aniston said returning to the Friends set was like a “sucker punch in the heart.”
The 52-year-old actress recently triumphantly returned to the set of the hit sitcom 17 years after the show ended to film a reunion special for HBO Max.
And after the special aired last week, the performer has now described how emotional it was to return to the set that shaped her career.
Big impact: Jennifer Aniston recently said returning to the original Friends set felt like a ‘sucker punch in the heart’
She said, “It was a punch in the heart in a way. It was for all of us, I think. Even Courteney – it made us tear up.’
Aniston — who played Rachel Green on the sitcom from 1994 to 2004 — admitted that she and her co-stars were “very naive about what [they] expected” when they returned to Stage 24 at the Warner Bros. Studios to film the reunion.
She also noted that when she and her fellow actors saw the same props and set pieces used in the original series, they were overwhelmed with emotion.
The artist commented: ‘We romanticized it, but you also have to remember that we haven’t been there’ [since the series finale]. And that time was a very specific time, when we said goodbye to something we didn’t want.
Redo: The actress recently appeared in a much-discussed reunion episode of Friends with the participation of the original six cast members
Emotional Occasion: The actress also spoke about how her cast members were affected by returning to the show’s set, saying that they even got “tears out of” Courteney Cox; she is seen in 2017
“But we knew it was time to say goodbye. Our life lay before us. We had our future ahead of us,” she added.
The Horrible Bosses actress further commented that she was grateful to have spent time with her old castmates and that it was an undertaking she would not do again.
“It almost felt like time had stood still and we were traveling through time. And there’s something good in that, and then there’s heartbreak in that,” she noted.
Looking back: Aniston said she and her co-stars “knew it was time to say goodbye” to the show after the series finale aired in 2004
And the Morning Show star also said she’s still struggling to find the words to describe how important Friends is to her, even after all these years.
Speaking with Gayle King on SiriusXM’s Gayle King In The Houseshe said, ‘It’s really hard to put that into one sentence, except it filled my heart.
“The amount of love people have for these six characters is something you can’t really explain the meaning of. Being reminded of the amount of happiness this show brought people is something special to be a part of,” she said.
Getting deep: The performer said the connection the show’s fans have with the characters “was something you can’t really explain”
The highly anticipated episode debuted on the HBO Max streaming service earlier this month and was released under the titles Friends: The Reunion and The One Where They Got Back Together.
All the main protagonists returned for the special, with several guest stars including Cara Delevingne, Kit Harington and David Beckham.
The show’s creators, Marta Kauffman and David S. Crane, returned as executive producers for the episode.
Friends: The Reunion received mostly positive critical response, with many reviewers citing the cast members’ revelations as highlights of the special.
Wide Release: Friends: The Reunion debuted earlier this month on the HBO Max streaming service and received mostly positive reviews