NothingFails wrote:^Courtney was the only one who was somewhat known before 1994, that was why she was presented as the star early on. She'd been well known from the Bruce Springsteen video and for playing Michael J. Fox's girlfriend on Family Ties (which at its peak was #2 in the ratings, so it was a very big show) and for various movies she'd been in. At the time, she was the only one of the six who was a familiar face, that's why she was initially promoted as the biggest star, because in 1994 she was the one who was somewhat of a star by then. In comparison, Aniston was known for being in Leprechaun lol.
To be truthful, I always liked Cox better than Aniston, but Aniston always had an "it" quality that drew people to her.
Yes, I know she was the only "known" cast member when the show started, but its funny how these things never ensure anything, at the end Jennifer was the one that turned out to be the biggest star. Similar to how on "Desperate Housewives" Teri Hatcher was the highest paid for being the "most known" at the time, and they even tried to centered the show on her just to be outshadowed years later by Marcia Cross acclaimed role, Felicity getting an Oscar nomination and Eva becoming the biggest media celerbity of the cast.
To be honest, I much prefer the Monica role on Friends than Rachel's, like literally Monica was miles better and funnier than Rachel, but there was something about Aniston that seemed to click more, she was like one of America's sweethearts at some point.