Jennifer Aniston explained why she’s nostalgic for Friends and the ’90s, and, honestly, same
There’s just something about the ’90s that makes us wistful. Maybe it’s thinking about our favorite childhood TV shows, or a deep longing to wear scrunchies and choker necklaces again. Maybe it’s just because we didn’t have smartphones to monopolize our attention. Whatever the reason, ’90s nostalgia is everywhere these days, and apparently, even celebrities feel it. Jennifer Aniston recently shared that she, too, looks back on the decade with fondness.
For InStyle‘s 25th Anniversary issue, Aniston reminisced on the seven covers she shot for the magazine, as well as the early days of her career in the ’90s. She remembered being “wide-eyed and bushy-tailed” when she started working on Friends, and she also said that she feels a lot of nostalgia for the era.
"When I think back on the ’90s, it makes me nostalgic—period," she said. "They were simpler times. This is going to sound odd, but there was a sense of safety in the world. We weren’t exposed to as much as we are now. And even if there was just as much shit going on, we didn’t necessarily have it in our faces 24/7. It was lighter. There was a lot more human connection."
The actress talked about how Friends helped her grow as an artist, saying, “I started to find my confidence when I was on Friends, for sure.”
"In a way, being on that show was the ultimate trust exercise," she shared. "There was comfort in numbers there, so we all held each other up. I miss a lot about that time. Having a job that was absolute, pure joy. I miss getting to be with people I love massively and respect beyond words. So, yes, these days I’m super nostalgic."
We definitely feel the nostalgia—especially for Friends. Maybe she could be like us and just buy things from the Friends Pottery Barn collection (so we can pretend we’re in Phoebe and Rachel’s apartment…just us?). Or, maybe we’ll spot her at the Friends pop-up in New York. At the very least, while we may not be able to return to the ’90s, for now, we can keep Friends in our Netflix queues a little longer.