Children are quite often rebellious when they're forbidden from doing something, but Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston took the form of rebellion to a whole new level. The former Friends star recently admitted that going head-to-head with her father, Days of our Lives' John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis), is what prompted her to become a star.
“I was hell-bent because my dad was just begging me not to be in the industry,” she revealed to Collider. “He said, ‘I do not want your heart broken. The rejection is brutal. Please, please, please don't do that. Become a lawyer.'”
In the end, she says the defiance she threw at her soap opera dad is what helped her succeed. “That was my one rebellion. I was hoping that I was going to make it, so that I could prove him wrong. I just kept going,” she explains. “So I'm happy he made that claim that he didn't want me to do it.”
As for her father's daytime career, Aniston says his DAYS role is why she wasn't allowed to watch television as a child. “He was on a soap opera, and is still on a soap opera, so I wasn't really allowed to watch television, unless I was home sick, and then they allowed me to watch TV,” she recalls, adding that the first time she saw her dad on the screen, she didn't know what to think. “I was overwhelmed that my father was in the television set because I wasn't quite sure what he did, at that point. So, I really did have that fantasy of it, but I didn't think I would ever actually achieve it [myself]. I didn't know if it was possible, but I had that creative bug, pretty early on.”
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