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'I'm The Worst Auditioner': Jennifer Aniston Confesses To Sebastian Stan

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Jun. 18 2022, Published 4:37 p.m. ET

In a recent episode of Actors on Actors hosted by Variety and presented by Apple TV+, Jennifer Aniston sat down with Sebastian Stan. They had a warm, candid conversation regarding their acting careers and current projects.

As they shared their experiences, Sebastian joked about going into auditions with a "please hire me" mindset, to which Jennifer groaned and confessed to dreading auditions. "I was terrified of it...I would walk into that room just shaking," she said. "It's a shock I ever got hired," she added. However, this didn't seem to hinder her acting prowess from being displayed.

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Early Days And Growth

Ms. Aniston elaborated on her fear, revealing that her very first job was on a commercial for Bob's Big Boy -- a restaurant chain with several locations in California -- and this was because she was "her own worst enemy" going into auditions and resulted in her not getting roles.

This jinx was short-lived, though, as she went on to feature in one of -- and some would argue -- the best series to grace television in Friends. It was a hit in the 90s and a classic now, even presently being one of the most-watched series of recent times.

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Admiration For The Craft Of News Hosting

Currently, the Friends actress is working on the Apple TV+ Drama series The Morning Show, where she plays Alex, an anchor of a breakfast news program. While speaking with the marvel actor, she mentioned how difficult it is to emulate the life of a news host because of the various sacrifices and challenges the individuals make.

"It's a very strange like nocturnal existence," she said, following Mr. Stan, who was sharing his amazement of how the day of a morning show host starts at three in the morning. "25 years, some of them have been doing this, and you have to love that job a lot". She looked to female journalist trailblazers Diane Sawyer and Gayle King for inspiration.

Admiration For Sebastian

During the sit-down, Jen also learned of her counterpart's story and how Sebastian -- a born and raised Romanian -- eased his way onto the screen and, contrary to her, relished auditions.

Before appearing as the Winter Soldier in Marvel'sCaptain America, he had already been on heavy-hitting productions such as the teen and YA hit Gossip Girls and his debut role in Law and Order.

The Morning Show

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Aniston's series The Morning Show already has two seasons, with a third one upcoming with a release date that is yet to be announced. The series is available to stream exclusively on Apple TV+ and is accessible to Apple TV+ subscribers at no extra cost. The series also stars Hollywood greats Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon.

Jennifer has added to her accolades through the show, being nominated and winning a few of the categories at the SAG, Golden Globes, and Primetime Emmy Awards.

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