Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston are currently starring on the The Morning Show together, but it’s not the first time they’ve shared the small screen. Years ago, Witherspoon made two cameos as the younger sister of Aniston’s character Rachel Green on Friends. But the actress recently revealed why she declined offers to return to the sitcom for more appearances.
Witherspoon talked about the experience during a joint interview with Aniston for the AP Entertainment this week. During the discussion, the interviewer asked Aniston what she had learned from acting in front of a live audience for so long, and Witherspoon excitedly chimed in to praise Aniston’s skills. “She’s so good in front of a live audience,” Witherspoon gushed. Aniston returned the compliment and said, “You are [good] too. You forget it because you blacked out of fear,” referencing the episodes in which Witherspoon played Jill Green in 2000. “She was so good,” Aniston told the interviewer and then said to Witherspoon, “You were flawless.”
Then, Witherspoon revealed that she actually had a chance to continue on the show, but she turned it down. “Did you know they asked me back and I said, ‘No, I can’t do it,’” she said. “I was too scared.”
“How dare! How doth you say this, Aniston joked. “You got scared… What a shame.”
Witherspoon went on to say she feels “panic” in those live situations (but she said she doesn’t mind giving speeches). And, she’s clearly put her fears aside enough to not just star in some of the biggest shows of the decade, but to produce them as well, so we’d say she’s doing okay.