The Friends star said the sheer volume of people finding fame on social media “almost dilutes our actor’s job.”
In a recent chat with ‘Pam & Tommy’ star Sebastian Stan for Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ video series, Jennifer Aniston made some statements that didn’t sit well with netizens. She described Monica Lewinsky, Paris Hilton and others in Hollywood as people “famous for doing nothing.”
During the interview, the 53-year-old actor spoke about influencer culture in Hollywood and how social media has had a huge impact on the concept of fame. Aniston and Stan were talking about the leak of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape in 1995 when she made the comments. “That was right around the time that the internet was really shaping a new culture of people becoming famous,” she said. He added: “This thing about people getting famous for basically doing nothing but still having these incredible careers. And then women’s reputations… I mean, Paris Hilton, Monica Lewinsky, all of them.”
Who are Nancy Dow and John Aniston?
“I always say I feel lucky that we got a little taste of the industry before it became what it is today, which is just different — more streaming services, more people,” Aniston said.
“You are famous from TikTok. You are famous from YouTube. You’re famous from Instagram,” she added. “It’s almost like it dilutes our actor’s job.”
This comment angered people online, with many suggesting that Aniston benefited from nepotism with her father, a famous soapie star, John Aniston. One user asked Aniston to “look in the mirror” when she found fame “thanks to your Hollywood parents,” while another said, “Mind your parents are actors.” Another wrote, “A woman looking from behind.” became famous one of their authors attacks a group of people who have to write, film, edit and promote their own material. Working 4 years 80 hour weeks for me to get 200,000 subscribers. I’m a big fan of Jennifer Aniston, but she has her head on her ass.”
Speaking of her acting skills, one said: “Jennifer Aniston shouldn’t talk about her time when only white people were in the industry. A lot of POC people got a taste of their industry in their day and it wasn’t pretty. Also, Aniston plays herself in everything. Not a real actress.” One user added, “Idk, if I might hear that from Meryl or Viola or someone who doesn’t play the same character in every movie, I’d consider that thought, but Jennifer Aniston…?”
However, some users felt that the Friends star was just hinting that with so many people finding fame online, it makes it harder to stand out as an actor. One fan wrote that Aniston wishes that performing as art was taken more seriously, while another wrote that she is definitely not a “shadow influencer”.
The ‘Friends’ actor comes from a family of well-known celebrities. Her parents, Nancy Dow and John Aniston, were both actors and had appeared in several television series and films. John was best known for his role on the TV soap opera Days of Our Lives. He had also appeared on shows like Love of Life and Gilmore Girls.
On the other hand, Nancy Dow has previously appeared in shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and The Wild Wild West. She did not claim the same fame as her daughter and husband. However, she was well known among members of Hollywood.