15 Facts about Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, but did you know that before her big break, she worked as a waitress and a bike messenger?! "Extra" has 15 little-known facts about America's sweetheart.

15 Little-Known Facts about Jen Aniston

Painter

When she was 11, one of Jennifer’s paintings was placed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fitness 'Friend'

Jen offered to be Matthew Perry's personal trainer in 2002 to help him lose weight.

Bringing the Laughs

In high school, Jen was known as a class clown.

Waiting Tables

Jennifer had worked as a waitress and telemarketer before making it as an actor. Jen also starred as a waitress in multiple films — her characters in “Friends” (1994), “Office Space” (1999), “The Iron Giant” (1999) and “Along Came Polly” (2004) were all waitresses.

Flying Phobia

Despite her jet-setting lifestyle, Aniston has a fear of flying.

Trendsetter

Aniston invented “The Rachel,” a widely copied hairstyle of the 1990s.

Holiday Smack-Down

Jen was slapped by a ‘Santa’ during her early years in New York City.

In the Buff

Jennifer was once recognized by a fan when she was naked in a sauna.

Family Ties

Jennifer refused to invite her mother to her wedding to Brad Pitt after she insulted Jennifer in the tabloids. They made up in 2005.

Mystery Man

Jen and future husband Brad Pitt met on a blind date in 1998.

Royalty

Through her mother, Jennifer is a direct descendant of the royal House of Stuart of Scotland.

Fit on the Radio

Jennifer appeared as the Nutri-System girl on the Howard Stern show.

Box Office Horror

After her first movie, the horror film “Leprechaun,” Aniston seriously considered giving up acting.

From Monica to Rachel

Aniston originally auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on the show “Friends,” but persuaded producers that she was better suited to play Rachel Green. She later won an Emmy for her work as Rachel.

Odd Jobs

After graduating, she began performing in several off-Broadway productions, including "For Dear Life" at the Public Theater, while working as a bicycle messenger among other odd jobs to pay the rent.

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