Jennifer Aniston has been on many a morning show since skyrocketing to stardom in the ’90s with the rise of “Friends.” But it wasn’t until she started preparing for her role on Apple TV+ upcoming drama “The Morning Show” that she visited the set of a daybreak news program with a different motive than promoting one of her own projects.
“I went and I shadowed at ‘GMA.’ Got there at 7 o’clock in the morning, and it is a fascinating world,” Aniston told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.” “It’s like an engine that revs up for these two hours, from 5 to 7 … And it’s just like something you’ve never seen before. The guy was like, ‘I don’t need Adderall, this is my Adderall.’”
Aniston said that “GMA” staples like Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos were “great” and “quite lovely” to her while she was there. “And they were all just so gracious,” she said.
On “The Morning Show,” which debuts next month with the launch of Apple TV+, Aniston plays the host of the titular talk show, who is shaken when her co-anchor (played by Steve Carell) is fired over sexual misconduct accusations. And the network looks to replace him with Reese Witherspoon’s character, whom the male execs ultimately want to replace Aniston’s character.
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Aniston says that when she was at “GMA,” a “lot of women” were coming up to her to give her details about what it was like to work behind the scenes at a morning talk show show, saying to her, “You’ve gotta tell them what happens.”
“It’s almost like they’re in cages going, ‘Get me out of here!’” Aniston joked.
Aniston also met with legendary journalist Diane Sawyer to help shape her character, and Aniston says she got “some ‘good’ stuff” out of Sawyer.
“I can’t divulge too much,” Aniston said. “You’ll see the show and next time I’ll ask you if you can pick out a Diane-ism.”
Watch the full interview above, in which Aniston talks about finally joining Instagram.
“The Morning Show” will debut on Apple TV+ with the streaming service’s launch on Nov. 1.