Jennifer Aniston has said she struggled to ''escape'' from her much-loved Friends character, Rachel Green, after the hit show came to an end in 2004.

The 51-year-old star, who featured in the hit sitcom from 1994 to 2004, said she found it difficult to leave the role behind when the show concluded as people only recognised her as the iconic character.

Speaking to during The Hollywood Reporter's annual drama actress roundtable, she explained: ''You just exhaust yourself. I mean, I could not get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me.

"I could not escape 'Rachel from Friends,' and it's on all the time and you're like, 'Stop playing that f***ing show!'

"The Good Girl was the first time I got to really shed whatever the Rachel character was, and to be able to disappear into someone who wasn't that was such a relief to me.''

Aniston, who has received rave reviews for her leading role in the The Morning Show, revealed how she used to ''panic'' when she landed other roles.

''But I remember the panic that set over me, thinking, 'Oh God, I don't know if I can do this. Maybe they're right. Maybe everybody else is seeing something I'm not seeing, which is you are only that girl in the New York apartment with the purple walls.'

"So, I was almost doing it for myself just to see if I could do something other than that. And it was terrifying because you're doing it in front of the world.''

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in The Morning Show

Aniston admits she was left ''constantly trying to prove'' that she was ''more'' than her well-known Friends character and said as time went on and she got older, she stopped "giving a crap".

''So, I just fought with myself and who I was in this industry forever, and it was constantly about trying to prove that I was more than that person.

"But there is such a freedom in getting older because you just stop giving a crap.''

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