Jennifer Aniston Explains Why She Struggled to Land Different Roles After 'Friends'

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Jennifer Aniston admits it was hard for her to land roles after starring as Rachel Green on 'Friends.' | Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston's role as Rachel Green on Friends was so iconic, it almost became synonymous with the actress as a person. Every girl wanted to famed Rachel haircut, and every guy wanted to date a girl next door just like her. But apparently, there was one major downside to the part.

In interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Aniston revealed that she had a tough time landing new roles after appearing on the long-running sitcom. "You just exhaust yourself," the Golden Globe winner explained. "I mean, I could not get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me. I could not escape ‘Rachel from Friends,' and it's on all the time and you're like, ‘Stop playing that f**king show!'"

In 2002, however, Aniston had landed a new gig that was totally different from her Friends character. "The Good Girl was the first time I got to really shed whatever the Rachel character was, and to be able to disappear into someone who wasn't that was such a relief to me," she shared. "Once you play comedy, they don't think you can do the drama; and if you're only seen as a dramatic actor, they don't think you can do comedy. They forget that we're actors and we actually have it all in there. It's just about finding it and accessing it and getting the material."

Of course, Aniston has gone on to land dozens of movie and TV roles through the years, so she I don't think she regrets playing Rachel Green in the slightest!