Publication date February 24, 2023
The Truth About Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler's Cute Relationship
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are two of Hollywood's most beloved and successful actors, each with a long list of iconic roles and achievements. But what many fans may not know is that the two stars have been friends for decades, dating back to their early days in the entertainment industry. From starring in multiple hit movies together to supporting each other through personal milestones, Aniston and Sandler's friendship is one of Hollywood's most enduring and heartwarming.
Jen and Sandler were still kids when they first met "We were, like, 14," Aniston joked on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but she was only slightly exaggerating, they first met in Los Angeles when she was dating one of his friends (who has always remained nameless). Adam and Jen met at Jerry's Deli, where they got to know each other over pickles and began a friendship that is still going strong even today.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Their instant connection was no mystery, but Sandler said it never occurred to him that they would become two of the most successful entertainers of their generation, let alone of their high school classes.
After they first met, Sandler moved back to New York in 1990, first as a writer and then as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Meanwhile, Aniston got Friends in 1994, so their paths quickly went in different directions. Even though Sandler was fired from SNL in 1995, an event that he always makes fun of now, he started making at least one movie a year with Billy Madison and hasn't slowed down much since. He spends his "downtime" making movies that all of his friends can be in.
Fast forward to 2011, and the two stars reunited for the romantic comedy "Just Go with It," which went on to become a box-office success. The film was praised for Aniston and Sandler's chemistry on screen, which many fans attributed to their real-life friendship.
Their closeness was obvious when they finished each other's sentences like brothers and sisters, but their friendship wasn't widely known until Sandler cast Aniston in Just Go With It, which came out on Aniston's birthday, February 11, 2011. She played his character's best friend, Brooklyn Decker, who he realizes he's totally in love with after chasing her around for most of the movie.
In the years since "Just Go with It," Aniston and Sandler have continued to work together on several other projects. In 2019, they co-starred in the Netflix movie "Murder Mystery," which was one of the streaming giant's most-watched original films ever. Aniston and Sandler also performed a song together at the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards, further cementing their status as one of Hollywood's favorite duos.
But Aniston and Sandler's friendship goes beyond just their work together in the entertainment industry. The two stars have been there for each other through some of life's most challenging moments. When Aniston divorced her ex-husband Justin Theroux in 2018, Sandler was one of the first people to reach out and offer his support. And when Sandler's beloved dog passed away in 2020, Aniston sent him a heartfelt message of condolence, showing just how deep their bond goes.
In interviews, both Aniston and Sandler have spoken fondly about their friendship and how much they value each other's support. "She’s the best," says Sandler, and “we must have been like real family in another life,” says Aniston very fondly. As for Sandler, he has often praised Aniston's work ethic and sense of humor, calling her "one of the funniest people" he knows.
Aniston called it "heaven" and a "dream" when she and Sandler finally worked together on the movie Just Go With It. Most of the movie was shot in Hawaii, which is one of Aniston's favorite places to go on vacation.
"It was a really nice time," Sandler nods as he agrees, "hope to do it again."
"And we're going to," she swiftly added.
When Aniston got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sandler paid her a tribute. He took his gum out of his mouth and stuck it to the top of the podium so it wouldn't fall while he spoke. He also didn't get dressed up for the event, but she wouldn't have thought less of the Sandman.
That's for you, Aniston," he said, "nothing but respect, the best T-shirt I had. Here's a little speech I wrote last night. "Gather around, people of Hollywood" with his popular signature Sandler whoop-de-di-do voice, “because it's fairy tale story time. Once upon a time, there was a poor little Greek girl, growing up in Manhattan by the name of Jeneefer Anistuffelupagus..."
"I love this girl, my wife loves this girl, the entire world loves this girl...the girl who put the grace in Office Space, put the jolly in Along Came Polly, put the 'hor' in Horrible Bosses, put the good girl in The Good Girl and took her naked boobs out of Wanderlust. For god's sake, let the girl have one thing she can keep to herself, you greedy bastards out there."
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler's friendship is one of the most genuine and long-lasting in Hollywood. Despite their massive success, the two stars have remained down-to-earth and approachable, always willing to support each other through life's ups and downs. Whether they're making audiences laugh on screen or simply spending time together off camera, Aniston and Sandler's friendship is a testament to the power of true connection and genuine kindness.