How Much Do You Know About ‘Friends’ and Rachel Green?
Rachel Green was an iconic character that appeared on the wildly successful sitcom ‘Friends’, and which launched the career of Jennifer Aniston, who portrayed her for ten years. Rachel was a bit ditzy and lacked common sense in many episodes, but showed a real loyalty to her friends on the show and struggled to find true love. It may have been those struggles that made her so easy to relate to for many women, and why she is considered such an icon.
As with many characters on successful sitcoms, Rachel had an entire back story complete with family. The Greens were very wealthy and had a nanny and a maid, and Rachel had her own horse while growing up. She was also very popular in school, being the class president, prom queen, and head cheerleader. Despite her popularity, Rachel was best friends with Monica Geller, played by Courteney Cox, who was overweight and rather unpopular during school years. It was her friendship with Monica that got Rachel through the first years of the sitcom, as she goes to stay with her after leaving her fiancée at the altar.
The character of Rachel then developed and became her own person over the years, which may be one reason so many women were able to relate to her so well. Rachel learned to stop relying on her parents and their money and to stand on her own two feet, even taking a job as a waitress for some years to support herself. She then went into fashion, working for Ralph Lauren, and established her own successful career. Rachel also struggled in her personal life, with her on-again, off-again relationship with Ross Geller, played by David Schwimmer. The two had trouble expressing their feelings for one another and their timing was always off, even after they had a baby together. Of course they finally wound up together at the end of the show, with Rachel putting off a trip to Paris to be with Ross, and apparently the two eventually married.
Rachel Green was such an iconic character that Jennifer Aniston received an Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Golden Globe awards for her portrayal. In June 2010, ‘Entertainment Weekly’ named her one of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years. She was a character that women could relate to and aspired to be like, and is still easily remembered to this day, almost a decade after the show went off the air.
The next time you watch ‘Friends’, note Rachel Green’s character development. You may be surprised at how easily you understand her and her struggles, and may better appreciate the show overall.