Jennifer Aniston found the filming of the “Friends” reunion “brutal”.
The 52-year-old actress returned to the set of the hit sitcom 17 years after the show ended to film a reunion special with her co-stars – Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc – for HBO Max in May and although the group thought it would be “fun” taking a trip back in time, the “Morning Show” star admitted it was way “harder” than they expected because of it reminded them all of how much they have changed over the years.
Speaking of “Literally! With Rob Lowe, she said to the actor: “[It] really hit us all harder than we expected.
“In your head you’re like, ‘Oh, this is going to be really fun, time to travel.’ It turns out, ooh, ouch, it’s kind of hard to travel through time. “
Jennifer admitted it was surreal to see the set, which “had the same thing but the little tchotchkes on the shelves,” and juxtapose her memories of when they first met there.
She said “you know [in] 16 years has changed a lot for each of us.
“And 16 years ago we were all kind of big-eyed and bushy tails and had our whole life ahead of us – even though we were heartbroken to say goodbye to these 10 years and this family and these people and the” work that we all enjoyed doing.
“It’s kind of nostalgic, but also a bit melancholy. Because a lot has changed and we’ve all gone different paths. Some easy and some not so easy for each of us.”
After admitting the reunion was “brutal,” the “Cake” actress also admitted that she couldn’t stop crying while filming, but she wasn’t the only one.
She said, “There was a time when we were all kind of in a puddle. Maybe David didn’t do that, I don’t think we broke David.”
And she was most surprised to see Matt LeBlanc, whom she called “Mr. Tough Guy”, tearfully.
She said, “Mr. Impenetrable, our big brother who would kill anyone if he looked at you the wrong way. Even he got a little foggy.”