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Jennifer Aniston Said She Was "Naive" Going Into The "Friends" Reunion And That It Took Her "By Surprise"

"It just took me by surprise because it was like, 'Hi, past, remember me? Remember how that sucked?'"

You might have welcomed the 2021 Friends reunion as much as the next person, but it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for Jennifer Aniston.

The cast of Friends sitting on the show's famous couch during the reunion show

In a new Q&A with the Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy-winning actor talked about how revisiting the set of the classic sitcom brought back memories of the "hardest time" in her life.

Jennifer Aniston on the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards

"Time travel is hard," she said, referencing going back in time to '90s-era New York. "I think we were just so naive walking into it, thinking, 'How fun is this going to be? They’re putting the sets back together, exactly as they were.' Then you get there and it’s like, 'Oh right, I hadn’t thought about what was going on the last time I was actually here.'"

A throwback photo of Jennifer and Lisa Kudrow on the sidewalk outside the coffee shop Central Perk

Jennifer revealed the experience took her "by surprise." "It was like, 'Hi, past, remember me? Remember how that sucked? You thought everything was in front of you and life was going to be just gorgeous and then you went through maybe the hardest time in your life?'"

"It was all very jarring and, of course, you’ve got cameras everywhere and I’m already a little emotionally accessible, I guess you could say, so I had to walk out at certain points," she added. "I don’t know how they cut around it."

The cast in front of a fountain during the reunion

While Jen clarified that her career has been "nothing but blessed," she admitted that it was "more personal stuff that I had expectations about that sort of shape-shifted." Regardless, she's since welcomed the hardships because it's made her the "woman that I am."

To read Jennifer's full interview with THR, click here.