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Jennifer Aniston Says the Timing of When She Met Justin Theroux Was “Perfect”—Despite His Missed ‘Friends’ Audition

Jennifer Aniston Justin TherouxJennifer Aniston opened up about meeting Justin Theroux years after he missed his ‘Friends’ audition. (Shutterstock.com)

No regrets here! Just last week, Justin Theroux revealed how he once skipped his audition for beloved ‘90s sitcom Friends, which ultimately launched the career of his future wife, Jennifer Aniston, along with her co-stars. “I didn’t bother,” the HBO actor told Mr. Porter’s The Journal. “I slept in that day. I wouldn’t have been prepared for [the fame].”

Instead, the couple met decades later on the set of 2012 movie Wanderlust; At the time, both stars were single and eventually married in a backyard wedding in 2015. And while the two could’ve met much sooner, Aniston maintains that the timing was impeccable.

“Oh, it was perfect when we met—perfect,” Aniston told Elle on Monday, August 21. “And he didn’t sleep through [the audition]! He just didn’t want to get on a plane. He didn’t he didn’t want to live in California at that point. He was a total New Yorker, and he wasn’t moving.”

The actress and wellness advocate, 48, also told the magazine that she shares similar values with her husband, especially when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices. “He is good at me-time already,” Aniston said. “We’re very like-minded and that’s why we get along so well. We have very similar sensibilities, and he has a wonderful group of friends, too, that he’s had forever. They’re wonderful, just very grounded, decent people. He knows how to take care of himself.”

Indeed, one of their closest friends, Jimmy Kimmel, helped officiate their backyard ceremony in 2015. Theroux was also photographed mingling a few weeks ago at a Budapest concert with fellow A-listers Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

And when it comes to the actual show, Friends, Aniston is still gracious enough to indulge the public with the potential aftermath. (She hasn’t changed her stance one bit and remains #TeamRossandRachel forever.)

FRIENDS -- "The One with Ross's Wedding: Part 2" Episode 24 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Helen Baxendale as Emily Waltham, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani (Photo by Oliver Upton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

FRIENDS — “The One with Ross’s Wedding: Part 2” Episode 24 — Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Helen Baxendale as Emily Waltham, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani (Photo by Oliver Upton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“I think there was a moment when Joey and Rachel got together that maybe it could happened, but it didn’t,” she said. “It was Ross and Rachel all the way. I really believe that if there’s an afterworld of Friends, they’re still thriving. Don’t you? I just don’t think Joey and Rachel could have made it. I think it was more physical than emotional with them. They were friends with benefits, and they left it at that.”

Theroux, meanwhile, has repeatedly shared his thoughts about what goes into a successful marriage, most recently citing humor. “Why would a man be intimidated by a funny woman?” the Leftovers actor said to Mr. Porter. “In a perfect world, a relationship is two people laughing together.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.