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Jennifer Aniston says she nearly quit acting after bad film experience ‘sucked the life out of her’

‘The Morning Show’ actor said that she was ‘backed into’ the film even though the script wasn’t ready

Adam White@__adamwhite
Tuesday 29 September 2020 20:38
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Jennifer Aniston has revealed she nearly quit acting after a bad experience on a film that “sucked the life out of her”.

The Friends star said that the unnamed film project, which she said was made a few years ago, made her consider becoming an interior designer rather than an actor.

“The last two years, [quitting acting] has crossed my mind, which it never did before,” Aniston told the SmartLess podcast, which is hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett.

She continued: “It was after a job I had completed and I was like, ‘Woah, that sucked the life out of me… I don’t know if this is what interests me’. It was an unprepared project – we’ve all been a part of them – and you always say, ‘Never again, never again, I would never back up into a start date’ ... And the script isn’t ready.”

While Aniston did not name the project in question, she said she filmed it “two years” before her Apple TV+ series The Morning Show, which recently earned her an Emmy nomination.

Aniston did heap praise on a number of recent film projects that she was a part of, including the Adam Sandler Netflix film Murder Mystery, as well as the indie drama Cake. She called the film, which earned her a Golden Globe nod, “creatively fulfilling”.

She did not mention her 2016 film Office Christmas Party, which co-starred Bateman, the 2017 war drama The Yellow Birds (which she called “beautiful” in 2017), the 2018 Netflix comedy Dumplin’ or the 2016 romantic comedy Mother’s Day.

Jennifer Aniston in early 2020

It was recently revealed that Aniston nearly missed out on her star-making role on Friends, with actor Jane Sibbett nearly cast in the part. Sibbett would go on to be cast instead as Carol, the lesbian ex-wife of David Schwimmer’s Ross.

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