‘Friends’ Star Jennifer Aniston Nearly Got a Major ‘NCIS’ Role That She Would Have Hated

Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of 'Dumplin'

When it comes to the Friends alumni, Jennifer Aniston arguably went on to have the most successful and long-lasting acting career after the hit sitcom wrapped its final season in 2004.

Making the leap from the small-screen to the big screen, Aniston was able to show the world that she could play more than just spoiled fashion-lover, Rachel Green. How might things have been different for Aniston, however, if she had stayed in the world of television a while longer after Friends?

Jennifer Aniston was interested in joining ‘NCIS’

Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of ‘Dumplin’ | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

In the landscape of early 2000s TV, you couldn’t have had two more different shows than Friends and NCIS. One is a sitcom that revolved around the day-to-day antics of a group of NYC twenty-somethings, and the other is a dramatic police procedural that centers around the agents who work for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

As Friends was wrapping its final season, it was undoubtedly a time of big decisions for the six main cast members on the show. The end of a long-running and successful series is always a time of uncertainty for its stars as they sort out what roles they can play, and if they can get out from under their long-held roles and explore other characters and genres.

Some reports say Aniston had her sights set on the role of Agent Caitlin (Kate) Todd on NCIS.

Jennifer Aniston turned down ‘NCIS’ because of ‘Friends’

Go Rachel, go! #FriendsWatchParty pic.twitter.com/J3ZlOiDlxi

— FRIENDS (@FriendsTV) May 29, 2020

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While reports are unconfirmed about Aniston’s interest in the role of Special Agent Todd, one thing is certain, there was no way she could have joined the cast while keeping her commitment to the final season of Friends. If the show had really wanted to bring Aniston on board, production would have had to wait to film until the following year, when she finally put her role as Rachel Green to bed.

The role of Agent Todd went to actor Sasha Alexander, but her time on the show was short-lived. After two seasons on NCIS, the character was killed off at Alexander’s request.

“I had already started writing the last episode of the season and was getting ready to go to Australia to take a little break. Sasha

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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