Jennifer Aniston didn’t need to be topped a rom-com queen 20 years in the past.

That’s why, in keeping with director Peter Chelsom, she turned down the lead function in his 2001 romance flick “Serendipity,” which in the end starred Kate Beckinsale reverse John Cusack.

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The 52-year-old “Morning Show” actress nixed the function of Sara as a result of she was starring within the NBC sitcom “Friends.” Aniston already felt like she was appearing in an ongoing rom-com whereas starring on the hit sequence, Chelsom, 65, defined to Insider.

“I distinctly remember Jennifer Aniston coming in to meet us,” he mentioned. “I remember when she came in, she said, ‘I do a romantic comedy once a week,’ her being on ‘Friends’ at the time. So, she clearly had other things on her plate and it was her decision not to do it.”

The filmmaker additionally famous that Aniston met with him “in good faith without an offer,” including, “We definitely would have made her an offer if she wanted to make [the movie].”

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According to Chelsom, “Watchmen” star Carla Gugino also came “extremely close” to being cast, saying her audition was “spectacular.”

Since then, however, Aniston has had her fair share of romantic comedies. She plays the love-interest lead in 2004’s “Along Came Polly,” 2005’s “Rumor Has It,” 2006’s “The Break-Up” and 2011’s “Just Go With It.”

“Serendipity” tells the story of Jonathan Trager (Cusack), who meets and falls in love with a lady named Sara over the course of 1 passion-filled night. He writes down his telephone quantity on a bit of paper and, by pure happenstance, the wind blows it away (in fact) into the abyss. Sara takes that as a foul signal, and the 2 determine to half methods. Cue a plotline that flirts with serendipitous romance and a Hollywood ending.

This article first appeared in the New York Post.