Aniston forced to shed 30lbs for Friends

Jennifer Aniston was apparently forced to drop 30lbs in order to land her career launching role on Friends.

Author Saul Austerlitz, in a new book released as part of the 25th anniversary of the iconic TV series, reveals that Aniston was asked to slim down significantly in order to portray Rachel Green.

"She had to lose 30lbs if she wanted to stay in Hollywood," Austerlitz says in Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era.

"Los Angeles was a tough place to be an actress - it was a tough place to be a woman - and Jennifer Aniston's agent was reluctantly levelling with her."

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MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 11: Jennifer Aniston poses at the Photocall Of Netflix's "Murder Mystery" at Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey on June 11, 2019 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 10: Jennifer Aniston attends LA Premiere Of Netflix's "Murder Mystery" at Regency Village Theatre on June 10, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic,)
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 10: Jennifer Aniston attends the LA Premiere of Netflix's "Murder Mystery" at Regency Village Theatre on June 10, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Jennifer Aniston attends the 2018 InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Jennifer Aniston and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos attend Ted Sarandos' 2018 Annual Netflix Emmy Nominee Toast on September 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)
COMO, ITALY - JULY 30: Jennifer Aniston is seen on set filming 'Murder Mystery' on July 30, 2018 in Como, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Jennifer Aniston arrives at the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Jennifer Aniston attends 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Courteney Cox (L) and Jennifer Aniston speak onstage during the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney at Dolby Theatre on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. 288523 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
MALIBU, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Aniston attends the CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC on June 2, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Aniston (L) and Courtney Cox attend the CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC on June 2, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Actress Jennifer Aniston attends WE Day California at The Forum on April 19, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Actress Jennifer Aniston speaks on stage at the WE Day California at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, on April 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: In this handout photo provided by Netflix, Jennifer Aniston and Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos attend the Netflix Golden Globes after party at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Netflix via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Carol Burnett and Jennifer Aniston onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Jennifer Meyer and Jennifer Aniston attend Gilt.com, Jennifer Meyer & Jenna Dewan Tatum Launch Exclusive Jewelry Collection Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sunset Tower Hotel on December 7, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Gilt.com)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live! features a week of guest hosts filling in for Jimmy, starting Monday, December 4. The guest host for Thursday, December 7 was Melissa McCarthy with guests Octavia Spencer ('The Shape of Water'), Actor Dave Franco ('The Disaster Artist') and musical guest Hanson. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIFER ANISTON, MELISSA MCCARTHY
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Will Arnett and Jennifer Aniston attend the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on July 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux attend the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on July 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Jennifer Aniston attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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