When Jennifer Aniston starred in the TV series Friends, her co-stars became her best friends in real life. The cast of the NBC sitcom were notoriously close, with Aniston counting Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow as two of her best real-life friends more than 20 years later. The group of six stars, which also included David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc, was so close-knit that they teamed up in 2002 to negotiate a historic $1 million per episode each for their work on Friends, according to Business Insider.
The show was also famous for its guest stars, which included Aniston’s ex-partners Tate Donovan and Brad Pitt, as well as Reese Witherspoon. In a 2019 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Witherspoon revealed that she was “nervous” about meeting Aniston, but the star greeted her on set and was by her side to calm her nerves while he performed in front of a live studio audience picked up. “She was so sweet to me,” Witherspoon said of Aniston, who played her on-screen sister. “I was really nervous and she was like, ‘Oh my God – don’t worry about that!'” The two women remain close friends to this day and have also starred in the AppleTV+ series The Morning Show.
But it turns out Aniston wasn’t always so welcoming of her co-stars outside of her Friends bestie bubble, a former co-star revealed.
Jennifer Aniston’s co-star claims she’s complained about working with him
In 1997, at the height of her Friends heyday, Jennifer Aniston starred as Kate Mosley in the romantic comedy Picture Perfect. Her leading man was then-unknown actor Jay Mohr, who played her love interest Nick, per IMDb. The two actors had great chemistry on screen, but behind the camera? Not as much.
Mohr hinted at Elle during a 2010 interview with his co-star, in which he was asked about his “awkwardest interaction with a female celebrity.” Mohr shared that he was once cast in a film where the lead “made it clear” that she was unhappy working with him. “I hadn’t done a lot of films, and even though they tested some pretty famous guys on screen, I kind of wound my way into the lead,” revealed Mohr. “The actress said, ‘No way! You must be kidding!’ Loud. Between takes. To other actors on set. I would literally go to my mom’s house and cry,” he confessed. When the Elle interviewer asked if Mohr was referring to the 1997 film Picture Perfect and Jennifer Aniston, the actor declined to confirm the suspicion. “I’ll never answer that,” he said (meaning he pretty much did).
In a 1997 interview with The Chicago Tribune, Mohr again hinted at problems with Aniston. While discussing the many kissing scenes they had to film, Mohr said, “I tried to stay in character.
Jay Mohr later admitted that Jennifer Aniston was “mean” to him on set
In other interviews, Jay Mohr has spoken about his not-so-perfect movie experiences with Jennifer Aniston. On his Mohr Stories podcast, he said he was “thrilled” to land the lead in Picture Perfect with no film credits on his resume, but once rehearsals began in Queens, New York, he quickly found that he was not wanted by his leading lady. Mohr claimed Aniston complained about his presence on set, loudly declaring, “Six guys testing them! Six! … The one damn guy I hate, that’s the guy they hire!” “Jennifer Aniston was so damn mean to me,” he added.
In a Q&A with Sports Illustrated, Mohr also spoke about working on Picture Perfect and playing sports agent Bob Sugar in the megahit Jerry Maguire at the same time, noting that the mood in the two films was like night and day . “On ‘Jerry Maguire,’ the crew was so amazing and everyone was so nice…everyone was great,” he said. “Not so much on the other set. It was a lot more stressful.” He also joked that firing Tom Cruise’s character in Jerry Maguire was more fun than kissing Aniston in Picture Perfect.
So why the bad blood? According to IMDb, there were rumors that Aniston didn’t like Mohr because she wanted her then-boyfriend Tate Donovan to play Nick. The timeline is correct when Donovan attended the “Picture Perfect” screening with Aniston in 1997. The following year, he showed up on “Friends” to play Aniston’s character’s suitor, handsome Bloomingdale client Joshua, per IMDb, but by then they had broken up. Donovan told Us Weekly that working on Friends while splitting from Aniston was “tough.”