Jennifer Aniston gushes about her soap actor star dad John as she posts touching father-daughter photos: ‘Love you, papa’
‘Christmas with one of my creators,’ the perennial A-lister, 50, wrote in a caption to the post with her dad, 86. ‘Then and now #TBT.’
She added, ‘Love you, papa,’ to her dad, who preceded Jen in show business with his longtime role as Victor Kiriakis on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. (John and Jen’s late mother Nancy Dow, who died in 2016, were married from 1965 until 1980.)
Flashback: Jennifer Aniston, 50, paid tribute to her father John, 86, for Christmas with a pair of then and now shots, showing a past Christmas and their most recent celebration
In 2012, Jen told The Hollywood Reporter that her dad initially tried to keep her from show business, knowing the long odds of success.
‘My dad’s advice has always been: “Don’t do it. Become a doctor. Become a lawyer,”‘ she said. ‘He didn’t want me to be heartbroken because he knew it was a tough business.’
Jennifer, who’s currently appearing on the Apple TV series The Morning, was not dissuaded by his advice, as she said ‘it compelled [her] to go for it even harder’ en route to her iconic turn as Rachel Green on the 90s NBC hit Friends.
John, speaking with The Television Academy Foundation earlier this year, recalled how he tried to dissuade his daughter from a career in front of the cameras. He said: ‘I told her, “You don’t want to be in show business – show business stinks!’
Family history: John and Jen’s late mother Nancy Dow, who died in 2016, were married from 1965 until 1980
Starring role: Jennifer currently appearing on the Apple TV series The Morning
Protective dad: John told The Television Academy Foundation earlier this year he tried to dissuade his daughter from a career in front of the cameras
He recalled how Jennifer once contacted his agent in hopes of getting her an audition for a movie.
‘She called my agent!’ he said. ‘So that’s when I knew she wanted to be in show business … I knew right from the beginning when she started auditioning for things.’
In the 2012 THR interview, Jennifer said that even when that success happened for her, she was still looking at spreading her wings as an actress.
‘There was a period when I was on Friends where The Good Girl came to me, or Friends With Money came to me,’ she said. ‘I thought, “I’ve got to go for it now and try to not just be Rachel Green so I can get out of the Fruity Pebbles section at the grocery and explore the organic food.”
‘It’s a terrible analogy, but I had to get out there and do something different so they could see that I’m an actor, so I didn’t forget that I could do other things. I was lucky that happened.’