Aniston forced to shed 30lbs for Friends

Jennifer Aniston was apparently forced to drop 30lbs in order to land her career launching role on Friends.

Author Saul Austerlitz, in a new book released as part of the 25th anniversary of the iconic TV series, reveals that Aniston was asked to slim down significantly in order to portray Rachel Green.

"She had to lose 30lbs if she wanted to stay in Hollywood," Austerlitz says in Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era.

"Los Angeles was a tough place to be an actress - it was a tough place to be a woman - and Jennifer Aniston's agent was reluctantly levelling with her."