Jennifer Aniston Had a Career in Telemarketing Before Making It Big in Hollywood

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jennifer Aniston

Today, Jennifer Aniston is likely one of the most profitable actresses in Hollywood. Known for her roles in Friends, The Morning Show, Horrible Bosses, and The Break-Up, she has received an Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and a number of Screen Actors Guild Awards. Before making it huge as an actress, Aniston labored as a telemarketer.

Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston | David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Apple

Jennifer Aniston labored as a telemarketer

In a 2019 interview with InFashion, Aniston discussed the jobs she had earlier than changing into profitable in Hollywood.

“I had moved away from home. I had been on six failed television shows. I waitressed for years in New York before I got anything. And I was a telemarketer selling time-shares in the Poconos. I didn’t make one sale. I was terrible at it. I was like, ‘Why do we have to call people at dinnertime?’” She stated.

When she was youthful, Aniston additionally gave folks haircuts to make cash.

“I cut hair for 10 bucks a head in junior high… I cut my dad’s hair, and he was on a soap opera. But then he admitted to me 15 years ago that he would go in and have the hairdresser on set clean it up,” Aniston stated.

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How ‘The Morning Show’ got here to be

The Morning Show is a drama sequence on Apple TV+. The present premiered in November 2019 and stars Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass.

In the present, Aniston performs Alex Levy, an anchor on a fictional information program referred to as The Morning Show. Carell performs her on-air accomplice Mitch Kessler who’s fired for sexual misconduct, and Witherspoon’s character Bradley Jackson is introduced on as Mitch’s substitute.

“The show gives you a behind-the-curtain peek at a lot of things — what it takes to pull off a morning show, the unique lifestyle of these anchors, the obsession with celebrity culture, and humanity in the midst of corruption. Plus we’re addressing the ugly truths of how men have treated women in our society, particularly in the workplace, for all these years,” Aniston instructed InFashion.

She continued, “We’re looking at the ways in which we’ve all normalized this behavior and how we’re all by-products of our environment, having grown up with sexism encoded in our messaging, however extreme or subtle. This show looks at how a culture of silence can slowly evolve and how we sometimes participate without even realizing it.”

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon pitched the present earlier than the #MeToo motion

While one would possibly assume The Morning Show was created as a response to the #MeToo motion, the present was really pitched earlier than it. After the sexual misconduct allegations towards Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and Matt Lauer, Aniston feels the present is much more well timed.

“The show was always about the abuse of power, and women and sexism. We sold it in the summer, and then Harvey [Weinstein] happened in the fall,” Aniston stated. “Reese and I were like…’The show is writing itself.’ It was as if the universe were begging for this patriarchal society to be exposed. It’s crazy.”

The actress additionally hopes the present will begin a dialog and result in actual change within the office.

“There’s a new playbook that’s being written in real time, and this show looks at how we’re finally taking steps to acknowledge and dismantle the old, dysfunctional ways of doing business so we can level the playing field,” she instructed InFashion.

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