This week’s big Instagram news was that actress Jennifer Aniston had finally joined the social media site. The Friends star, whose debut managed to crash the app, was warmly welcomed to Instagram by her fellow celebrities.
"We are aware that some people were having issues following Jen's profile," a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement to CNN. "We are thrilled to have this 'Friend' as part of the Instagram community."
Aniston, 50, joined on Tuesday, posting a photo with her former Friends co-stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc. The pic was responsible for causing her profile to temporarily crash and not allowing some fans to follow her for a time. Despite the glitch, by Thursday night, Aniston had 13.2 million followers. On her new page, she acknowledged the crash with a funny video. "I swear I didn't mean to break it..." she wrote. "Thanks for the kind, glitchy welcome everyone."
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight reporters on Monday, Aniston spoke about a conversation she had with Reese Witherspoon, in which the Big Little Lies actress explained the advantages of the social media site. The actress said she was intrigued by the fact that celebrities or public figures could actually write their own narrative, rather than being at the mercy of gossip sites. She said she was finally convinced by “listening to you (Reese Witherspoon) talk about it and how you can actually have a little bit more control over the narrative.”
Aniston also revealed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday that she actually had a secret account before launching her official page. Dubbing herself the "most reluctant person to ever join Instagram," she admitted to stalking others by using an anonymous profile.
"Well, it was a stalker account, yes," she confessed to Kimmel. "When I was thinking about doing this, I sort of figured it was time to kind of understand the world and dip my toe into the sort of social media pool."
Despite her initial unwillingness to publicly participate in the pic sharing app, she is now off to a running start. She has incredibly broken a Guinness World Record for the fastest person to reach one million followers, beating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the previous record holders, with her 5 hour and 16-minute time.
Among those welcoming her to Instagram were ex-husband Justin Theroux with whom she reportedly maintains a friendly relationship. Meanwhile, Kimmel asked the actress how she would top the Friends reunion photo? He suggested creating another reunion pic. The two posed for a selfie holding up a fake ferret like the one in 2004's Along Came Polly with Kimmel adding, "Just pretend I'm Ben Stiller here, okay?"
This fall, Aniston will return to television, starring alongside Witherspoon in the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show. This will be Aniston's first television role since Friends ended in 2004. The Morning Show will debut on November 1.