BFF’s for Life: Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox
Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox have been close friends since they first met on the set of Friends in 1994. For 30 years now, the two actresses have never stopped being BFFs, and their friendship doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon! Here are just a few reasons why their friendship has lasted so long and remains strong today.
How They Met
In 1986, when both were working in television, they were introduced by their makeup artist. They also both attended a birthday party at actress Alyssa Milano’s house where they bonded over their love of food—and quickly became friends. A few years later, when Cox moved to Los Angeles, she said that I never would have survived without Jen…she was my only friend! The pair worked together on many projects over a decade before becoming costars on Friends—including Bruce Almighty, Couples Retreat and Horrible Bosses. When asked about her relationship with Aniston at Cosmopolitan magazine’s 200th issue celebration, Cox said We’re like sisters—we tell each other everything.
Both Aniston and Cox are from Hollywood royalty. Aniston grew up in Los Angeles, California while Cox grew up in Orlando, Florida. Aniston’s father was a screenwriter/actor; her mother was an actress. Her parents divorced when she was six years old. Her mother struggled with alcoholism, which heavily impacted Aniston as a child; her father died when she was ten years old. While growing up, Aniston had no idea that Hollywood would be part of her future career plans.
Their Early Career
Both actresses are known for their roles on TV sitcoms throughout their early careers. Jen, an 11-time Emmy winner, got her start in television by appearing in commercials as a child. She starred in The Edge of Night, first airing at 15 years old. Her first major role was on Friends (NBC 1994-2004), where she portrayed Rachel Green opposite David Schwimmer’s Ross Geller and Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing.
Longevity of Friendship
Jennifer and Courtney’s friendship has endured everything from marriage to divorce, through boyfriends and babies, and appears stronger than ever. Most of that is due to the fact that they give each other a lot of space. They don’t hang out every day or call each other at all hours of the night; rather, their friendship is based on mutual respect and shared values. The result? A friendship that seems built to last as long as Jennifer and Courtney wish it to—which could be forever!
Celebrity Status Doesn’t Change
Jennifer Aniston has been friends with Courtney Cox since they worked together on ‘Dinner with Friends’ in 1996. The two actresses have always seen each other as BFFs, despite their differences in status in Hollywood. I love Jen so much, says Cox. We’ve known each other for so long, and we went through so much together… What I loved about her is she started out just like me at a very young age, just struggling to be recognized and finding her voice.
Some people thought they would never get along. Courtney and Jen have always been very different. It seems their differences came out when it was time to come up with a sitcom idea. They disagreed on what would make good television and that’s when they went their separate ways. After more than a year of not talking, Jen and Courtney decided to take some time apart. They ended up living in different cities in different states and didn’t talk for two years! But now that Jen has moved back home from NY and is no longer working with Courteney, it looks like these two might be friends again…for better or worse?! Only time will tell!
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