As proven by her epic birthday parties, Jennifer Aniston has loads of friends. Heck, even her ex-boyfriends show up to celebrate her. But somehow, one of Jen’s pals has managed to go under the radar, which is pretty impressive considering how chronicled Aniston’s life is.
According to Us Weekly, Aniston and Sandra Bullock are tight and became close about five years ago. “They’d known each other from the industry,” a source told the mag, adding it was a dinner party at Gwyneth Paltrow’s where the friendship was sparked. “They got to talking and everything just really clicked,” and they realized “they had similar outlooks on life and the same dry sense of humor. They bonded over where they were in life and what it was like to be a woman in Hollywood.”
You know what else they may have bonded over? Tate Donovan. Both women were in relationships with the actor in the ’90s. Sandra met him on the set of Love Potion No. 9 and they dated from 1990 to 1994; Tate moved on to Jennifer the following year, and they were together until they broke up in 1998. Donovan, who had a recurring guest role on Friends as a love interest for Rachel, recalled to Us Weekly last September just how awkward it was to work together — because by the time he was filming, they had already split. “I was just happy to be on the team. The only bummer was Jennifer and I were breaking up at the time,” he told Us. “And so that was tricky to sort of act, and act like we are just meeting each other, and falling in love, or whatever, interested in each other, when we’re sort of breaking up. That was just tough. It was just six episodes. I mean, only because we were breaking up. We were like, ‘Hey, can we not keep doing this? ‘Cause this is really painful and tough.'” Yikes.
As far as Aniston and Bullock go, they don’t look to be breaking up anytime soon. Both actresses “talk or text frequently and go out to dinner a lot,” revealed the source, adding they “often invite each other over for parties and low-key get-togethers.”
As Aniston has gotten older, she has shown us just how important her friendships are, whether they’re longtime pals or new mates. Jen covered the January 2019 issue of Elle and in it, she was labelled her friend group’s “social glue,” a title Aniston laughed at but agreed wholeheartedly with, saying of her tribe, “We always joke that we raised each other, we mothered each other, we sistered each other, we’ve been kids to each other.” If Bullock needs raising, mothering, sistering, and time to be a kid, it looks like she found the right place.