When Jennifer Aniston made the transition from the small screen to the big screen, there was always the looming dilemma of whether she’d ever be able to escape her iconic (hair cut and all) Friends character Rachel Green. And while her role as a dentist who sexually harasses her employee (Charlie Day) in this weekend’s hilarious, raunchy comedy Horrible Bosses most certainly proves she can (Rachel may have hit on her assistant Tag, but never like this), there’s still no way of ever totally escaping Rachel. But Aniston is okay with that.
The actress, who appears on the next installment of Inside the Actor’s Studio airing Monday, July 11 on Bravo at 8 p.m., explained to host James Lipton why she’ll never let Rachel or Friends go. “It’s one of the greatest jobs I ever had,” she said. “It gave me everything. It gave me this ridiculously blessed life and career and it taught me so much, and it’s the best time I ever had.”
Of course, that made leaving the über-successful sitcom, which officially ended on May 6, 2004 after ten seasons, that much harder for the Emmy-winning Aniston and her co-stars. “It was just awful [shooting that last episode],” she recalled, “I mean, the last scene we just wept, cried our eyes out … And then a couple of us stayed really late and we crawled up to the roof of Stage 24 [at Warner Bros.] and we drank champagne and watched the sun rise. It was really wonderful.”
Watch the full clip, in which Aniston also discusses starting her film career while still on Friends, and why she thinks fame, even hers, can be nothing more than a fleeting moment, below.