Jennifer Aniston makes Instagram debut with epic Friends reunion photo
Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram by posting a selfie with her famous Friends co-stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry. The Friends reunion photo was so epic, it broke Instagram. Here are all the details.
Jennifer Aniston has finally stopped resisting social media. Okay, so the Murder Mystery star may be a few years behind when it comes to joining Instagram, but she made up for lost time by posting a debut photo that is epic: a picture of the entire cast of Friends — one of television's top-ranked series — back together. On Tuesday, the actress made her Instagram debut by sharing a selfie with her Friends co-stars, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry. Shortly after Aniston shared her very first post, her new account temporarily crashed, reported The Guardian, as fans swarmed to get a glimpse of her Friends reunion selfie and follow her account.
"Everyone in the world is trying to follow Jennifer Aniston on Instagram at the moment and it won’t let me….. #amsad," one user wrote on Twitter. Wrote another, "Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram and broke it. A QUEEN." It didn’t take long for Aniston’s Instagram page to be back up and running, after users experienced difficulty following her account, and were redirected to the "follow" button after clicking it the first time. Others were shown a page that read, "Sorry, this page isn’t available." In less than a day, Aniston amassed more than 6 million Instagram followers. Perhaps, thanks to her debut photo:
The selfie features Jennifer Aniston front and centre, with her former Friends co-stars behind her. "And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM," Aniston captured the photo. In less than an hour, it racked up over 270,000 "likes." It's unclear when the image was taken, but Jennifer Aniston recently opened up to American radio and television host, Howard Stern, about how "the whole gang" recently met up for dinner at Courtney Cox's home. In the interview, Aniston also spoke about how she and her Friends co-stars miss their show "every day," and that she'd be, "nothing without it."
Her Friends cast-mates were some of the first people Jennifer Aniston followed on Instagram. She also followed many of her famous friends on the social media platform, including US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Nicole Kidman. Other notable follows by Aniston included her ex-husband, actor Justin Theroux, and former US First Lady, Michelle Obama. Aniston joined the platform ahead of her role on The Morning Show with actress Reese Witherspoon, who celebrated her co-star's arrival by commenting on her Friends post, writing, "YASSSS!!! Welcome to Insta Jen!!!". "My friends call me Jen," Aniston's bio reads. In which case, if we may be so bold: Hello, Jen!
Jennifer Aniston has talked about her stance on social media several times. The star's absence on social media has been widely-discussed in the past and recently, she teased the possibility of joining it. Aniston and co-star Witherspoon participated in an interview with The Telegraph and spoke about using social media to shut down incorrect tabloid reports. Witherspoon recalled the time a magazine reported that she and actress Jennifer Garner were both pregnant, and how the two stars dispelled the report via social media. Aniston said in response, "That is appealing. I've got to get on social media." In another recent interview, Aniston told Entertainment Tonight that she was intrigued by the idea of having more agency. "On social media, you can actually have a little bit more control over the narrative that's out there. You can right some wrongs and some silly things that God knows are said often. Maybe I'll join. You never know," Aniston said.
For the October 2019 issue of InStyle, the actress said that social media results in "comparing and despairing." Prior to that, Aniston told the magazine that she enjoyed occasionally secretly going on apps like Instagram. "I will totally admit that I can dip into Instagram and sort of be a secret voyeur," she said in the September 2018 issue of InStyle. "I'm a creeper."
"I've been with people who spend maybe an hour figuring out this one post, and you're like, 'That just took up an hour of your life, and it's gone in 60 seconds,'" she added. "It feels like we are losing connection. I think we're losing conversation."
“We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children,” Jennifer Aniston told ELLE. “That’s a fairy tale." Read the full interview with our January 2019 cover star: https://t.co/IegumxJg5L— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) December 7, 2018
In their January 2019 cover story, Aniston told Elle magazine that she preferred to stay off social media for the sake of privacy. "The one thing I have is maintaining this little circle of sanctity that's my own," she said. "If I'm sitting here posting something about my dogs or I'm Boomeranging my coffee mug in the morning, that's just giving away one more piece of something that is mine."
Meanwhile, earlier in October, Jennifer Aniston dismissed the possibility of a Friends movie. “Our producers wouldn’t want it, wouldn’t let us,” she said. “It would have been fun. But whatever. Maybe it’s better this way, but we’ll never know.” On reruns of the show, Aniston went on, "It makes you happy. Even when I stumble on it, it makes me happy. I love it and I've also forgotten most of it, so it's really fun for me to rediscover."