On Saturday, Jennifer Aniston celebrated her former 59th birthday Friends co-star and bestie, Lisa Kudrow, with some fun throwback photos. The 53-year-old actress tagged her friend with a birthday wish in her Instagram Stories and shared a photo from 2003 taken on the 29th. People’s Choice Awards.
In the next slide, she wrote, “I love you,” over a GIF from their show, which featured Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay jumping up and down screaming.
In the last photo, it looks like one of Aniston’s blurry private selfies, where she gives Kudrow a kiss. She added some loving emojis for emphasis.
The two women worked together for 10 years from 1994 to 2004. The group had a brief reunion in early 2021, and Aniston admitted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that it brought up a lot of unexpected emotions and memories of the hardships she faced when the show ended.
“I think we were just so naive going into it, thinking, ‘How fun is this going to be? They’re putting the sets back together exactly as they were.’ Then you get there and it’s like, ‘Oh, right, I hadn’t thought about what was going on the last time I was actually here,'” Aniston said. “It just surprised me because it was like, ‘Hey, earlier, remember me? Remember how it sucked? You thought everything was ahead of you and life was just going to be great, and then you went through maybe the hardest time of your life?'”
She added: “It was all very jarring and of course you’ve got cameras everywhere and I’m already a bit emotionally available I guess. I had to walk out at certain points. I don’t know how they cut around it. ”
Aimée Lutkin is weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The lone hunter, will be published by Dial Press in February 2022.