Do you remember when Brad Pitt made a cameo in hit 90s series Friends opposite his then-wife Jennifer Aniston in 2001?
The then-38-year-old actor played Monica’s friend from high school who had joined the group for Thanksgiving dinner, an episode during season nine titled “The One With The Rumour”. Was it just me, or did anybody else think Pitt wasn’t actually that funny? Did you notice his comedic timing didn’t stand up against Aniston and the rest of the cast? He is such a great actor (Hello, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Ad Astra) but re-watching the episodes recently, I couldn’t help but wonder: Did the live studio audience throw the movie star off?
It’s a notion Reese Witherspoon addressed today, saying she felt very “nervous” to meet Aniston and act in front of a few hundred audience members. In a new interview with friend and fellow actress Natalie Portman for Harpers Bazaar US, Witherspoon talked about playing Rachel’s little sister, Jill, in 2000. Her cameo gave us moments like this:
“[Jennifer] was so sweet to me. I was really nervous, and she was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, don’t worry about it!’ I marvelled at her ability to perform in front of a live audience like that with no nerves,” says Witherspoon. “They would change all the lines and she was just so effortlessly affable, bubbly, and sunny. We’ve been friends ever since.”
“I was 23 years old and had just had a baby,” Witherspoon continued. “I was nursing [my daughter] Ava on set, and Jen just kept going, ‘You have a baby?’ I was like, ‘I know, it’s weird.’ And I remember her being like, ‘Where are you going?’ And I was like, ‘I’m pumping!’”
The duo have since reunited to film The Morning Show, a new comedy-drama which follows the lives and relationships of the men and women on a popular morning news program. Also starring Steve Carrell, the show will premiere on November 1 on the new streaming service Apple TV+.
“Our characters are two people with very similar goals but different ideologies because of their backgrounds,” explains Witherspoon. “Jen’s character existed in a world that was dominated by men. Just the fact that she existed was all that mattered. My character is like, ‘Hold on, no, no, no. If you’re not bringing other women with you, what are you doing?’ [The women are] not antagonistic or competitive. It’s second-wave feminism meets fourth-wave feminism.”
We cannot wait to see them on screen together again.