Jennifer Aniston Says 'Friends' Allowed Her To Prove Something To Naysayers

Jennifer Aniston won the "People's Icon Award" this year, but the award is something more than just recognition to her.

In an interview with PEOPLE, the "Murder Mystery" actress shared how the award became so special for her. She started by explaining her motivation in acting and improving her craft -- not for the critics, audiences, or even for her family.

"You know, we do this for the money," Aniston jokingly said.

Though she stated that the "money part" was said on a whim, Aniston revealed that the thought of "acting for the sake of earning money" actually has source.

The "Friends" star disclosed how her family discouraged her when she was still in her early years of acting.

According to Aniston, her family told her that it would be impossible for her to be successful in the field of entertainment and that she would not "make a dime".

"And then Friends came. If there were any naysayers in my family, "This will never... you'll never make a dime." [laughs] Just watch me. Don't threaten me that way. God knows how I'm going to make a couple of dimes," Jennifer proudly said.

Since her father John Aniston is a soap opera actor while her late mother Nancy Dow was a model, her family set high standards which made the 50-year-old actress feel that she grew apart from them as years went by.

Mom's Overprotective?

Per the December 2018 issue of Elle, Aniston divulged how her mother became too conscious about her looks that she always reminded her to act like a lady.

"My mom said those things because she loved me. It wasn't her trying to be a b**ch or knowing she would be making some deep wounds that I would then spend a lot of money to undo. She did it because that was what she grew up with," Jennifer said while saying she is saddened by the fact that it was all she could ever remember about her childhood.

At one point, Aniston tried to understand her since her mother struggled taking care of the family alone while facing financial burdens.

"Being a single mom in the '80s I'm sure was pretty crappy," Jennifer added.

"Friends" Cast Are Coming Back Together?

The cover girl bagged the role of Rachel Green in the hit TV series "Friends" for 10 years. She considered the show as a "gift of a lifetime," so much so that she always talks about it wherever she goes.

During her appearance at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Jennifer repeated that a "Friends" reboot is not possible. Instead, the cast is preparing for something else -- though they still did not know what that something is.

The "Friends" reunion became the talk of the town after Aniston shared a photo of her co-stars hanging out as her first Instagram post. She explained that they just missed each other and the main reason for the get-together was because "they are all in the same part of the world."

Whether it is a movie, series, or something else, fans cannot still hide their excitement towards Aniston's plans, and the actress cannot wait to see what the year 2020 has prepared for her.

READ MORE: Jennifer Aniston Delivers Hilarious Speech at People's Choice Awards: 'I Only Act For Money!'

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