Here's how Jennifer Aniston prepared for her role on the series Ferris Bueller
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Before Jennifer Aniston became the name she is today in Hollywood, she was aging up onscreen as a teenager in the 1990 series Ferris Bueller.
The series was a spin-off from the successful 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). The show was an extension of the high school adventures Bueller, his friends and family found themselves dealing with in the film.
Bueller, played by Charlie Schlatter, and his sister Jeannie, played by Aniston were at the forefront of the series. Their sibling rivalry was both relatable and hilarious.
Although the movie was a hit, the series was short-lived and only lasted one season from 1990 to 1991. Some may even forget that the spin-off of the movie exists, but Aniston could never forget it.
Before Ferris Bueller, Aniston only had two credits to her name: The 1990 series Molloy where she played the role of Courtney Walker, and the 1990 film Camp Cucamonga where she played the role of Ava Schector.
Ferris Bueller was the start of something new for Aniston — only if her onscreen brother would let her have it.
Aniston, who was only around 21 years old when the series premiered, was just starting to figure herself out in Hollywood. Little did she know that her name would soon be one of the most recognized in the country.
She had to overcome all kinds of things throughout her journey as an actress, but being the sister to Ferris Bueller had it's own journey. According to a 1990 interview with Waterloo Region Record, her own family helped her prepare for the role of being Bueller's sister.
She said she used to fight with her brother, and admitted she thought about punching, shoving or hitting him a few times out of frustration, as siblings do. The only thing stopping her from doing it?
"He was older than me and I was too little to do it," Aniston said.
She was experienced in sibling conflicts through her own family. This not only helped her prepare for the role, but also relate to her character. She played a major victim to Bueller's behavior and was often the target of the joke or prank.
"She has the worst of luck because she tries so hard to reveal Ferris's true colors to the world, yet always falls flat on her face instead," Aniston said. "She's driven to the point of hostility because Ferris seems to be getting away with every single thing, every conniving plan. She's the only one who sees what he's up to, but in attempting to prove it to the world, she ends up getting dumped on herself."
Despite the onscreen tension between the two fictional siblings, Aniston said offscreen, there were no hard feelings at all. She said all the stars on the series were big fans of the original film. This helped connect and bond them.
"We love doing this show," Aniston said. "From the time we made the pilot, we were getting along very well. We shared this positive energy as well as the conviction that the show would become a hit."
Although the series didn't quite live up to the movie, the series gave Aniston a big push forward. And where many people would find being a sibling to Bueller annoying, Aniston found it to be like home.