“Saved By The Bell’s” Tiffani Thiessen Almost Played Rachel on “Friends”


It’s hard to imagine the cast of “Friends” being any different than the gang we know and love — but as it turns out, one of the main and most-loved characters was almost played by someone else.

Tiffani Thissen, who is known for her role as Kelly on “Saved By The Bell,” recently revealed that she was almost cast for the role of Rachel on “Friends,” which ended up being played by Jennifer Aniston.

“Did you know I tested for Friends, for Jennifer Aniston?” Thiessen revealed on Nikki Glaser’s SiriusXM show.

Ultimately, Tiffani said she thought she, at age 20, was too young at the time to take the job. “I was just a little too young,” she said. “I was a little too young to the pairing of the rest of them.”

Jennifer Aniston was 25 when “Friends” premiered in 1994.

Of course, there are no hard feelings on Thiessen’s end about missing out on the role, saying that Jennifer Aniston was “very, very funny” as Rachel.

Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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