The gang’s all here! Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram on Tuesday, and she did so in epic fashion — by sharing a snapshot from a recent dinner with all of her favorite friends. As in, Phoebe, Monica, Joey, Chandler and Ross (aka Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry). It’s nice to finally have Aniston on the ‘Gram, especially since it means seeing all of these familiar faces squeezed into one tiny square.
Although Aniston has long resisted the idea of joining social media, she finally decided to throw in the towel. Could we be any more excited? Probably not. In fact, if the initial response to Aniston joining is any indication, a whole lot of fans feel the same way. Shortly after the first post dropped, Aniston’s account experienced a brief period of unavailability, presumably due to being flooded with new followers.
And, really, who could blame fans? Aniston had to know she might break the internet when she posted the first full cast reunion photo since the NBC sitcom came to an end in 2004. “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too,” she cheekily captioned the photo, adding, “Hi INSTAGRAM.” In the snapshot, Kudrow, Cox, LeBlanc, Ross, and Perry all smile as they surround Aniston in her first official Instagram selfie.
While we’d all love to imagine that the crew gets together every night like their Friends counterparts did, it’s more likely that this photo was taken earlier in the month when the gang shared an evening at Cox’s house. “We just had dinner this week. The whole gang. Everyone was there,” she said during a visit to the Howard Stern Show in early October. “[David] Schwimmer was in town and we all happened to have a window of time, so we all got together. We laughed so hard.”
There were plenty of jokes, she revealed, but nothing too wild. When Stern asked whether anyone stripped down during the reunion, Aniston insisted their visit was, well, just friendly. “Nobody got naked, it was very civilized. But we just laughed a lot.”
TBH, we don’t care when Aniston took the picture; we’re just glad it made it to social media, along with Aniston. She may have taken her sweet time getting here, but she isn’t the only celebrity who long resisted before ultimately caving. Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Demi Moore and Jennifer Garner have all joined Instagram in recent years.
So, hey, maybe Aniston finally giving in will inspire a few more reticent celebs. We’re looking at you, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper! And Clooney, when you join, bring your pal Sandra Bullock along too, will you?