Arts and Entertainment
‘Dad begged me not to be an actress’
[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ennifer Aniston – I just had this deep feeling in my gut that somehow something was going to happen. The former ‘Friends’ star has revealed her father John Aniston – who is an actor, best known for starring in NBC daytime drama ‘Days of Our Lives’ – wanted her to become a lawyer because he feared she wouldn’t be able to handle the rejection that happens in the industry.
She said: “I just had this deep feeling in my gut that somehow something was going to happen, and I just had to be patient.
“I was hell-bent because my dad was just begging me not to be in the industry. He said, ‘I do not want your heart broken. The rejection is brutal. Please, please, please don’t do that. Become a lawyer.’
“That was my one rebellion. I was hoping that I was going to make it, so that I could prove him wrong. I just kept going. I’m happy he made that claim that he didn’t want me to do it.”
The 45-year-old actress was hooked on being in the entertainment industry as soon as she saw musical ‘Annie’, however, her dreams of appearing in a musical were quickly cut short because she realised she couldn’t sing.
She explained: “I grew up in New York City, and I was born into a family of actors. I remember going to see my first play, which was ‘Children of a Lesser God’ on Broadway. And then, I saw ‘Annie’, and forget about it! “It was me, my hairbrush and my record player, for hours on end. But I couldn’t sing, so that wasn’t going to happen.”
Despite her dad being on a big TV drama, Jennifer wasn’t allowed to watch television unless she was ill during her younger years but as soon as she saw him on TV she was determined to follow in his footsteps.
“My dad was on a soap opera, and is still on a soap opera. So, I wasn’t really allowed to watch television, unless I was home sick, and then they allowed me to watch TV.
“I remember one morning that I was watching an episode of ‘That Girl’ that my dad was on, and I was overwhelmed that my father was in the television set because I wasn’t quite sure what he did, at that point. So, I really did have that fantasy of it, but I didn’t think I would ever actually achieve it. I didn’t know if it was possible, but I had that creative bug, pretty early on.”