Jennifer Aniston's portrayal as Rachel Green in Friends marked the actress' breakout role, but she continued to build on an illustrious career once the series ended. Aniston portrayed Rachel for a decade until the NBC sitcom came to an end in 2004. Prior to reaching superstardom through the hit series, Aniston appeared in the 1993 horror, Leprechaun, and TV series such as Molloy, The Edge, and Muddling Through. After a handful of failed projects, Aniston was cast in Friends, a role that would change her life forever.
During Aniston's decade-long stay on Friends, she continued working on other TV shows in a limited capacity. In that ten year span, the actress worked on Burke's Law, Partners, South Park, and King of the Hill. She also appeared on Saturday Night Live four times, either as a host or in a cameo. As for movies, Aniston starred in a number of successful feature films including Picture Perfect, Office Space, Bruce Almighty, and Along Came Polly. For many of her film roles, Aniston became viewed as a queen of romantic comedies.
After Friends ended, Aniston turned her focus to her growing film career. In 2005, she starred in Rumor Has It before following it up with another rom-com, The Break-Up. For the years that followed the actress appeared in notable titles such as Marley & Me, He's Just Not That into You, The Switch, and Just Go With It. Aniston appeared in a number of pure comedies like Horrible Bosses, Wanderlust, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2, and Office Christmas Party. Aniston notably turned in a dramatic role with 2014's Cake. The film wasn't a box office success but she received multiple award nominations for her performance. As for TV, she had minor roles in theatre productions and the TV series, 30 Rock and Cougar Town, the show that starred her Friends co-star, Courtney Cox.
More recently, Aniston worked on the 2017 war film The Yellow Birds, alongside Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, and Toni Collette. The following year, the actress appeared in the Netflix coming-of-age film, Dumplin', which was based on the young adult novel of the same name. She returned for Netflix earlier this year to star in Murder Mystery, reuniting the actress with her Just Go with It co-star, Adam Sandler. Aniston executive produced The Yellow Birds, Dumplin', and Murder Mystery.
Next up, Aniston will be heading back to the main role in a TV series for the first time since Friends ended. The actress will be appearing in the upcoming Apple TV+ series, The Morning Show. Aniston is portraying Alex Levy, a news journalist fighting for her job after her on-air partner, Mitch, is fired due a sexual misconduct scandal. Steve Carell will be playing the role of Mitch while Reese Witherspoon will serve in the role of Bradley Jackson, Alex's up-and-coming rival. The Morning Show is set to debut on November 1, 2019.