Some of the stars who play your favorite characters on-screen are notoriously difficult to work with when the cameras stop rolling. From Lindsay Lohan’s reputation for tardiness to Mandy Patinkin’s tendency to walk off sets, difficult behavior spans generations in Hollywood. Before Lea Michele, Teri Hatcher was rumored to have caused drama on set. Before Shia LaBeouf, Chevy Chase admitted that he’s not the easiest person to work with.
Don’t be fooled by all of the radiant smiles you see and fun interviews you read. Some actors just hide less-than-stellar reputations better than others. One example? Jennifer Aniston.
Sadly, there is more than one reason to believe that while the Friends alum may be one of America’s sweethearts, she’s definitely not a friend to everyone in Hollywood, and there are certainly some celebs who can’t stand Aniston. We found evidence of why some people don’t want to work with her, and though some of it deserves an eye roll at best, some of her behavior is downright shady.
Jennifer Aniston can be a snob on set
If you really want to know what kind of co-worker Jennifer Aniston is, ask Isla Fisher, Tim Robbins, or Will Forte. According to Radar Online, while on the set of the then-untitled movie Life Of Crime, Aniston could be described as many things, but not one of them is "friendly." As a source dished, "Every day at lunch the entire cast and crew head to a cafeteria facility where they all sit down and eat lunch together for well over an hour. The only person who doesn’t eat with everyone else is Jen. She quickly grabs a lunch to go and leaves." Umm… odd, no?
Maybe she likes peace and quiet on her lunch break — can anyone blame her for that? But the source then went on to say that her aloof behavior went many steps further than that. She insisted on having a "luxury SUV" drive her to set instead of the regular SUVs the rest of the cast used. Plus, the trailer where she would allegedly eat lunch alone was purposefully very far away from everyone else’s.
Radar Online‘s source said that while Aniston wasn’t outright nasty to anyone, she was not inviting at all. "Her behavior is a clear indicator to everyone that she’s not approachable," the source concluded. "And it’s just unnecessary. There’s no reason why she has to act any better than anyone else on that movie set."
She’s admitted to getting violent on set
Acting like a diva is off-putting but forgivable sometimes. Violence, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Surprisingly, Jennifer Aniston herself admitted that she’s guilty of such behavior while at work. "I threw a chair at a director. It wasn’t my proudest moment," the actress confessed to Elle in 2011.
Before you start raising eyebrows, it turns out, Aniston may have had a good reason. The Bruce Almighty starlet revealed that it was because the director was mistreating a script supervisor, and as she tells it, no one was hurt. "I missed, of course. I was like, ‘You can’t speak to people like that.’ I can’t tolerate it."
It seems like Aniston has a temper that she’s hopefully learned to control. That being said, would you want to work with someone whose first instinct when they get mad is to pick up the nearest piece of furniture and throw it? Or, would you prefer a co-worker who can stop for a second, count to ten, and take a few deep breaths? Violence is never the answer, Jen. Everyone makes mistakes, but even in Hollywood stars are allowed a limited amount of those before they start building a reputation for being "difficult."
You better be a big star if you want to work with her
One former costar wouldn’t hesitate to call Jennifer Aniston downright mean. Her love interest in 1997’s Picture Perfect, Jay Mohr, told Elle in 2010 that he was once on the set of a movie where "the leading woman was unhappy with [his] presence and made it clear from day one." He said that he was new to the business at the time, and she was upset that he’d gotten the part over some bigger names. She made her displeasure so well-known to anyone on set that Mohr admitted, "I would literally go to my mom’s house and cry."
When pressed to name the lady in question Mohr said he would "never, ever answer that" but, lo and behold, then he got a podcast. He said in an episode of Mohr Stories in 2012 that upon arriving on set the first day of shooting, Aniston said to actress Illeana Douglas, "Six guys they screen test. Six!" Allegedly, according to Mohr she then pointed at him and said, "The one f*cking guy I hate, that’s the guy they hire, him!" Yeah, don’t worry, we’re cringing, too.
At least she’s honest, right? That being said, Mohr had people on his side. He said that soon after Aniston arrived on set, director Glenn Gordon Caron entered and told Mohr he’d fought for him to get the part and was excited to have discovered a star.
Some of Jennifer Aniston’s peers don’t think she’s talented
Some people don’t want to work with Jennifer Aniston because they simply don’t think she’s very talented. English actor Rupert Everett took the most direct jab at her career abilities during a 2010 interview with the Today program on BBC Radio 4 (via Marie Claire UK). While discussing success in Hollywood, Everett argued that the "business" makes you a star more than talent does, and he used Aniston as an example. "Okay, something will go wrong, like Jennifer Aniston will have one too many total flops, but she’s still a member of that club, and she will still manage to … like a star forming in the universe, things will swirl around her and it will suddenly solidify into another vital tasteless romcom." Ouch, that’s more like going for the jugular.
Other stars have shared a similar sentiment. Late comedian Joan Rivers once told US Weekly that she was "so bored" with the actress, hilariously adding, "I would like to take Jennifer Aniston and put her hair over her f**ing face!" We’re assuming she’s not a fan of the iconic "Rachel" haircut the Friends starlet so famously brought into pop culture.
There are worse insults, sure, but perhaps not for someone whose job it is to entertain people. Aniston makes a living counting on the fact that millions of people think she’s the opposite of boring.
Others say she should be doing more for the world
Perhaps worse than being boring and untalented in Hollywood are other celebrities thinking you’re out of touch and mean. Take this one with a grain of salt, because in 2006 celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton (real name Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr.) seemed to throw "haterade" at Jennifer Aniston for fun, and his very mature nickname for her was "Maniston."
In a profile for The Guardian, Hilton read reporter Jonathan Bernstein a reply he wrote to someone who asked why he didn’t like her. "I just don’t think she’s a nice person," he said. "I think she’s marginally talented, adequately good-looking, doesn’t do anything to make the world a better place …" That being said, St. Jude’s hospital might disagree.
Aniston told Ellen Degeneres on The Ellen Show in 2011 that she confronted Hilton. The two are on better terms now, and the confrontation is part of the reason that Hilton doesn’t bully celebrities in his posts anymore. "It was a lovely meeting," Aniston said of running into her former nemesis in a parking garage and making him realize that she was a real person hurt by the insults he was writing about her. Maybe she is making the world a better place after all? No matter the status of their relationship, it’s pretty safe to say they won’t be working together anytime soon.
Jennifer Aniston is oblivious to her privilege
Another celeb who is not a fan of Jennifer Aniston? Piers Morgan. At the 2016 Giffoni Film Festival in Italy (via The Sun), Aniston was asked if she ever wakes up unsure of who she is. The actress got emotional and said, "There are not enough fingers and toes in this entire room to count how many times that moment has happened to me." She explained that no matter what our jobs are, we all hit walls and have moments where we don’t think we can handle our lives.
When responding to the comments on Good Morning Britain, Morgan was unimpressed with Aniston’s vulnerability. "It seems to me [like there’s] a lot of self-wallowing going on here. Jennifer Aniston is [in] a very privileged position, has a very privileged life … and now she’s trying to kind of lecture everybody." Although Morgan added that he’s met Aniston a few times and concluded that she’s very likable, he summarized his point by saying, "Get a grip."
Morgan didn’t stop there. After Aniston wrote an essay about tabloid culture for The Huffington Post, Morgan wrote a response for the Daily Mail. He wrote that the least Aniston can do in return for all of the money she gets for magazine covers, "is to stop pretending it’s all everyone else’s fault that impressionable young girls struggle with their own beauty and body images as a result of seeing perfect photos of Jennifer Aniston." Yikes!
Her demands can be ‘offensive’
There’s an understanding between journalists and celebs that their subjects don’t have the final say on what is written about them. If subjects had control over stories, the press wouldn’t be free. But it’s not a law, and sometimes, stars insist on seeing articles and photos before they’re published.
That didn’t mean that former Vogue UK editor Alexandra Shulman had to work the most demanding of celebrities— and she definitely did not. In a 2012 interview with Vogue UK, Shulman named the name of one starlet she preferred to stay away from. "Somebody like Jennifer Aniston will only do an interview with copy approval and picture approval," she revealed. "I’ve never had anybody on the cover, ever, who’s had copy approval and picture approval. I just don’t think it’s a proper thing if you do." Shulman said that asking for such a thing implies that you assume the writer is going to write something unfavorable about you or your client. "I just find that so offensive." Fair enough.