Jennifer Aniston was told that she "had to lose 30lbs if she wanted to stay in Hollywood" before landing her iconic role as Rachel Green.

Before landing the career-making part in Friends, Jennifer had a tough introduction to life in Los Angeles as she tried to make it in the acting world.

In a new book that celebrates the 25th anniversary of popular US sitcom, author Saul Austerlitz revealed the tough demands put upon Aniston, as she was told that she was 'too fat' for many roles on offer.

Saul wrote about Aniston in 'Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era':

He said: "She had to lose thirty pounds if she wanted to stay in Hollywood.

"Los Angeles was a tough place to be an actress - it was a tough place to be a woman - and Jennifer Aniston’s agent was reluctantly leveling with her.”

Jennifer Aniston in 1990
Aniston was told to lose weight 'to make it in Hollywood'

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In one of her more infamous call-backs for a role, Aniston was told that she had to wear a leotard.

The actress reportedly told her agent that "this'll blow it for me," as she continued to find herself battling against Hollywood's ideals.

Saul continued: "Aniston was hardly fat - everyone could see she was beautiful - but as the show she would one day become indelibly associated with later made a point of noting, the camera added ten pounds.”

Friends casr in Season one - (l-r clockwise) Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller

Aniston addressed the weight situation previously in a 1996 interview with Rolling Stone, saying that she "ate too many mayonnaise sandwiches. Mayonnaise on white bread - the most delicious thing in the world."

She also said that she didn't mind her agent giving her negative feedback.

Aniston continued: "My agent gave it to me straight. Nicest thing he ever did... The disgusting thing of Hollywood - I wasn’t getting lots of jobs ’cause I was too heavy.”

Aniston in 1994 in the pilot for Muddling Through

She said: "I was like, ‘What?!’ But my diet was terrible. Milk shakes and French fries with gravy.

"It was a good thing to start paying attention."

Aniston with Courteney Cox during Friends

After making the requisite changes to what she ate, and shedding a few pounds in the process, Aniston then landed the role of Rachel Green and her life was changed forever.

In 2016, Aniston was named the World's Most Beautiful Woman and she has recently said that she feels better than ever.

Aniston in 2019 as new series, The Morning Show, is about to be launched

Speaking to InStyle, Aniston said: "Fifty was the first time I thought, ‘Well, that number.’ I don’t know what it is because I don’t feel any different.

"Things aren’t shutting down in any way, I feel physically incredible. So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’

"I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”

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