Young stans also flock to the "Friends House " in Manhattan's West Village to pay their respects to the 52-year-old actress.
Whitney Bartol, 17, high school student in Manhattan, can recite like a catechism the life trajectory of Jennifer Aniston, from her television debut as Rachel on "Friends", to her failed romance streak and her recent flint but unstable network anchor tour on " The morning show ".
" This is a character you sympathize with , but it's also someone you aspire to be, "she said.
Marina Bross, 17, high school student from Mexico City, also finds much to admire in Mrs. Aniston. "She's had her whole life documented in the media - it must be difficult, but she 's taken care of it," Ms. Bross said. "To me, she represents a woman who knows what she wants and who sticks out.
Kate Mintz, 18, another high school student from Manhattan, has gone this far in modeling her hair after Ms. Aniston's signature layered and highlighted bob in "Friends ". "Her style is not daring, not girly," said Ms. Mintz, who watches the rebroadcasts of "Friends " with his classmates. "She doesn't step out of her comfort zone with bizarre shapes and textures.
None of these young women were born when “Friends” premiered on television in 1994. Yet each is part of a school-based vocal cohort - age-old devotees who idolize Ms. Aniston as a beacon of reality, relatable style and resilience. without limits.
Indeed, few public figures in the middle of their career, or at the end of their career, have encroached so strongly on the collective psyche of a impressionable person, often moderately well-off and largely, but not exclusively, white segment of the Gen Z population. They are part of a large fan base for Ms. Aniston, who at age 52 has found an eager new audience , even improbable.
The devotees follow her saga chapter by chapter,compassionate with "poor Jen", dumped heartlessly by Brad Pitt in the early 2000s, and admiring the brilliant Jen, the queen of the red carpet. Some may relate to bad girl Jen, the self-proclaimed stoner, who publicly touted CBD and hijacked rumors of a romance with David Schwimmer (Ross, her love interest on "Friends ") on a recent Howard Stern show .
Anything but ubiquitous in recent months, Ms. Aniston retains her impact as a cultural force, especially among the young. Fans watched her cry into a handkerchief on "Friends Reunion in May. They followed while'she was modeling a limited collection of Friends-logo hats, t-shirts and hoodies on her Instagram. Image Jennifer Aniston stars in "The Morning Show ", which is returning for its second season on Apple TV + this month. Credit ... Apple TV +, via Associated Press
And in a Avant promotion for season 2 of "The Morning Show ", which begins on Apple TV on September 17th, she appeared on the September cover of "In Style ", confident in the issue, "My anxiety level decreased by eliminating genreof unnecessary fat in life. "
This should reassure her most ardent admirers, who find solace and a measure of courage in Ms. Aniston. “No one can be perfect all the time,” Ms. Bartol said. “Seeing a celebrity in the spotlight who also can't do that makes me feel better about myself. love more. "
'She Is Rachel '
His vision matches that of an audience that goes far beyond the United States. Fans from Turkey, Colombia and Mexico gathered in the West Village on a recent Sunday, posing and taking selfies in front of the so-called Friends House , a destination tourist wheremany exteriors of the series were filmed.
Lexi Rios, 18, a recent high school graduate from Wappinger, NY, was one of the between them. Reminded me of me, "she said. " I grew up getting a lot of things that I 've always wanted. But Rachel gave me some sort of reality check. She got away from her wealthy family and was cut off. work at the same time the show started airing on Netflix, i told its story. "
Ana Menendez, 15, a visitor from Mexico City, admires Rachel's courage. "At the show 's premiere, she was a bit spoiled," Ms. Menendez said. "But with the help of her friends, she did learned to be a better person. " Image Ana Menendez, 15, on the left, visiting the Mexique City and admire Rachel's courage. Credit ... Rebecca Smeyne for Hfrance.fr
Among her young followers, Mrs. Aniston's apparent fallibility may well be a trump card, said Jonathan Gray, ap professor of media and cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin.
"We can't just see women doing everything time, ”said Dr. Gray. “A good feminist image should show us women who struggle and sometimes make bad decisions. Jennifer Aniston often occupies this role. People are connecting. It's 'Yeah, she doesn't know what she's doing and neither do I. ' ".
" Many celebrities, when under pressure they collapse and start taking bad dicecisions, ”said Nancy Eastman, 15, a sophomore high school student in New York City. “Suddenly you hear that they are in rehab. With Jennifer Aniston, it never happened. She just tried to get on with her life and do what she loved. For me, she is Rachel. "
That she would confuse the actress with her character seems a given. "Fans are always trying to find out the connection between the characters played by the actresses and their real lives," said Leo Braudy, professor of literature, film history and American culture at the 'University of Southern California, Los Angeles. As for Ms. Aniston, "If she ' s a role model, it 's the role of survivor.
To some, Ms. Aniston seems to have diligently cultivated this cool girl character - tough but not hardened, cheerful or tart as it suits her.if so, reminds Amy Dunne, the incredibly cunning title character from " Gone Girl ", Gillian Flynn's 2012 thriller, which has stylized itself, like Amy observes it in what is perhaps the most frequently cited passage in the novel, "like this hot, bright, funny woman who loves football, poker, dirty jokes and burps." And, as Amy observes, never get angry.
But if Ms. Aniston mostly sticks to, does that matter?
The actress herself was quick to exploit her appeal for the red carpet in a mini dress black leather or Sensational tacky bias cut dress. She seems to generate heat, but younger male fans rarely respond with unbridled lust. Image Aicana Arrango, left, who was from Vera Cruz, Mexico, with her sister, Ana , said Ms. Aniston was an inspiration for her style and values. Credit. .. Rebecca Smeyne for Hfrance.fr
"All my friends have a crush, "said Thomas Pendergast, 16, a high school student from Manhattan. Yet he finds her more stylish than raunchy." The way she dresses isis relevant. There is nothing too flashy. I've never seen her defy fashion standards. "
Ms Aniston still shows skin, but more often these days seems risk-averse, turning her back on the skinny T-shirts, skinny black dresses and low cargo pants she preferred as Rachel, and mostly avoiding the latex and Kardashian-Hilton stained leather to polish but a fare softer.
"Sometimes when I'm shopping for an outfit I think to myself: 'Oh, maybe Jen would buy this ' "said Ms. Eastman, the New York high school student. She applied that standard to a recent purchase, a flowing red blouse with a red V-neck that was lightly tied at the throat.
For enthusiasts, the Aniston look is part of an aesthetic swing away from the loud or the crass, one best represented by Ms. Aniston and 1990s idols like Danielle Fishel, who plays Topanga in "Boy Meets World " and Alicia Silverstone as Cher in "Clueless ".
"Teens and millennials dressed aggressively, "Ms. Bartol said. "But many of us now admire a more conservative style. We're not fans of ripped jeans. We don't want our belly buttons to stick out. "