Jennifer Aniston Regrets How She Spent Her First 'Friends' Paycheck

By Rebekah Gonzalez

April 6, 2023

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Jennifer Aniston has revealed the unfortunate way she spent her first paycheck from the hit show Friends. During a recent interview with PopSugar, Aniston shared what she splurged on after hitting the big time with her character Rachel Green.

"My first big splurge was on a Mercedes that had a ‘for sale’ sign on it for almost two years,” she recalled.  “There was a little white 280 SL Mercedes and it was there [in Los Angeles for a long time. I mean, it could have been over two years. And I always was like, ‘I can’t wait, someday, someday [I’ll buy it].’"


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Aniston continued, "And one day I bought it, and then I drove it, and then drove it again, and it never drove again... It was a lemon, and that’s why it had been sitting there." She relatably added, “And I didn’t know any better to get it checked out, so that was just a nice 25-year-old mistake.”

According to a recent report from Parade, Anniston made $22,500 per episode during the first season of Friends. It was then upped to $40,000 for Season 2 and $75,000 for Season 3. By the 10th and final season, Aniston and the rest of the cast were getting paid $1 million per episode each. The actress recently opened up about how the hit '90s show fairs in today's pop culture landscape.

"There's a whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of Friends and find them offensive," Aniston revealed. "There were things that were never intentional and others … well, we should have thought it through — but I don't think there was a sensitivity like there is now."

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