10 Jobs The ‘Friends’ Actors Had Before Hitting Stardom
Nowadays, the six stars of Friends are firmly set as celebrities in Hollywood and beyond, but before they joined the hit television series, they each worked different jobs to gain exposure, pay the bills, and even pursue other passions. From a bike messenger to a trained clinical researcher to a NutriSystem Spokesmodel on The Howard Stern Show (for real!) to the F.B.I. (no, not that one), you won’t believe what these celebrities once did to get by. Here are 10 jobs the Friends actors had before hitting stardom.
10. Jennifer Aniston Was a Waitress
Rachel on Friends may have worked as a waitress at Central Perk with no past experience whatsoever, but Jennifer Aniston who played the role had the real life qualifications to carry the tray and take orders. Before finding fame, Aniston paid the bills by working as a waitress at Jackson Hole Burgers on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “I worked at a restaurant called Jackson Hole, on 85th and Columbus, burger joint. The best burgers by the way. I worked there for about two and half years, and they were so good to me.” The job suited the young actress while she was pursuing her acting career. “If I got a crappy little play down on 13th street or whatever awesome job I thought I had received, [her boss] would let me go for two or three months, and they would always let me come back. My job was always there…What I thought was my real job was being a waitress and then I would go and do theater on the side.”
9. Matt LeBlanc Was a Carpenter
Whenever Joey pulled out his tools on Friends, it inevitably ended up in disaster. Remember the shelving unit cabinet thing he made that was wildly too big for the apartment? Or when he gauged a hole in Monica’s bathroom tile before deciding it was best left as-is? Luckily for Matt LeBlanc, he wasn’t so inept in real life when it came to such work. Before becoming Joey on Friends, Matt worked as a carpenter and one can only hope he was more skilled than Tribbiani. “‘I wanted to be a carpenter. Everyone did carpentry, plumbing, roofing in my family. The mentality was, if it was broke, you fixed it.” But even before he was out of his teens, he knew it wasn’t the life for him. “After a while, I realised that I didn’t want to be pounding nails in the snow in New England all my life. I wanted an inside job, where you got to work in the warm. That was the ambition.” So, at 19, he moved to New York to try to be a model and the rest, as they say, is Hollywood history.