She explained that after playing her iconic role of Rachel Green on Friends, she couldn't shake the character. "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 fucking show!'" she told them. "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."
When the moderator asked if anyone could relate to Aniston, Witherspoon quickly replied, "I mean, all of us."
She and Byrne discussed how once you play a comedy role, most studios think you can't be serious. But Witherspoon added that things have changed because of social media, pointing to Zendaya (who is 23).
"It used to be that we were reliant on a bunch of people who worked at a studio to tell us what movies worked and we just blindly accepted it—or they'd say comedies don't travel overseas or Black films don't play well in other countries. It's just not true, and now we have empirical data that other stories need to be heard and there is a huge audience for them. You see that with Zendaya, she has 400 billion followers. I mean, she has her own data stream, she knows more what her audience wants to see her do than any studio head."
Of course, at this point, all of these actors are extremely accomplished, but continuing to have the conversations about how women especially Black and POC women in Hollywood are treated is an important part of changing things for the future.
This article originally appeared on InStyle U.S.