Jennifer Aniston was almost not there for her cast of Friends, because it really started to pour for her!
At the time that Friends was in pilot mode, Jen was already in 6 pilots that year!
In fact, according to Friends director James Burrows, she was in second position, meaning that she was cast in another show at CBS at the time, and only if that got cancelled would she be able to become THE Rachel Green!
"…I said, 'Well, I'm doing a bunch of pilots and this is just my sixth pilot and I'm just hoping that it goes.' And he said, 'But you're on another show' and I said, 'Yeah.' And he said, 'You know they're going to pick that show up just to try to mess with Friends because this is going to be a great show.' And I was like, 'No. They would never do that.' And sure enough I remember we were at the upfronts and they literally came out with the announcement that they picked us up for three episodes. When we were shooting the first grouping of cast photos in front of that fountain, I was asked to step out of a bunch because they didn't know if I was going to be still playing Rachel."
Well, didn't we luck out! That close call was a little too close for comfort!
We absolutely cannot imagine Friends without Jen! No way, no how! Nuh uh!
Know who else would agree with us? Gunther from Central Perk!