Jennifer Anniston speaks about how pay differences would have ‘destroyed’ Friends cast
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Friends star Jennifer Aniston has revealed that only one thing could have 'destroyed' the cast - and that was salary differences.
The beloved sitcom, which began airing in the 1990s, was a huge hit and ran for 10 series, with the stars reportedly earning $1 million per episode by the time the show's finale aired in May 2004.
However, it wasn't always like this - especially at the start.
By the second series, Aniston and co-star David Schwimmer were starting to earn a higher salary than their co-stars - something which the actor said made her feel 'uneasy'.
Yet, in a true display of friendship and solidarity, they fought for all the six leading cast members to be on equal pay.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal magazine, Aniston explained: "It would’ve destroyed us, I think, if someone was soaring financially."
She added: "It was more about, 'We're doing equal work and we all deserve to be compensated in the same way.'
"I wouldn't feel good going to work knowing someone was getting x amount and I was getting something greater."
Both Schwimmer and Aniston actually took pay cuts so they could all be on equal footing.
However, by series nine and ten, the whole cast was starting to make bank.
When you count all the episodes for both seasons, each of the six main stars had earned a tidy sum of $40 million.
And Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman had previously commented on the whopping salaries, saying: "A million dollars an episode, let's be honest, that's kinda ridiculous. That's a lot of money. It's inflated.
"And there's something unrealistic about it."
That's a lot of money, indeed.
In the same interview, Aniston also revealed that Adam Sandler sends her flowers every Mother's Day.
How wholesome is that?
While the Friends star isn't a mother, she has been open about her struggles with fertility.
During an interview with Allure in December last year, she recalled the anguish of trying to fall pregnant.
She opened up about how during her 30s and 40s she did everything to start a family.
“All the years and years and years of speculation... It was really hard. I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it," she told the outlet.
"I was throwing everything at it. I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor'. You just don’t think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed.
“I have zero regrets. I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, ‘Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe'. I don’t have to think about that anymore.”