Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and was later recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television.
The film's opening weekend drew what The Hollywood Reporter dubbed "a dispiriting The story is about a plastic surgeon, played by Sandler, who asks his office manager, played by Aniston, to pose as his wife, to prove his honesty to his much younger girlfriend, played by Brooklyn Decker.
Having given up drinking and doing drugs, the actor basically made amends with Aniston, supposedly saying he was sorry for "all the heartbreak," a source told In Touch Weekly.Depressed over her four unsuccessful television shows, Aniston approached Warren Littlefield at a Los Angeles gas station asking for reassurance about her career.The head of NBC entertainment encouraged Aniston to continue acting, and a few months later helped cast her for Friends, but Courteney Cox was considered to be better suited to the role. She was also offered a spot as a featured player on Saturday Night Live, but turned it down to do Friends.1 million per episode for the last two seasons of Friends, as well as five Emmy nominations (two for Supporting Actress, three for Lead Actress), including a win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.While the film received mixed reviews, Aniston's performance was more warmly received, with many critics suggesting that she had screen presence.She gained critical acclaim for her performance in the low-budget film The Good Girl (2002), playing an unglamorous cashier who cheats on her husband.The latter film opened in relatively few theaters – under 700 in total – taking In 2002, film critic Roger Ebert declared the role as her breakthrough film, stating that, "after languishing in a series of overlooked movies that ranged from the entertaining Office Space to the disposable Picture Perfect (1997), Jennifer Aniston has at last decisively broken with her "Friends" image in an independent film of satiric fire and emotional turmoil. Club wrote, "Aniston plays Jules' therapist, and the part is more or less a twist on the old, 'The psychiatrist is crazier than the patient!