The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and was later recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in United States television.
Aniston has played the female protagonist in a number of comedies and romantic comedies.
According to the Guinness World Book of Records (2005), Aniston (along with her female costars) became the highest-paid TV actress of all time with her Her character's relationship with Ross Geller, portrayed by David Schwimmer in the show, was widely popular among audiences, and the couple were frequently voted as TV's favorite couple by polls and magazines.
Following a four-year hiatus from cinema, Aniston returned to film work in 1996, when she performed in the ensemble cast of the independent films She's the One (1996), and Dream for an Insomniac (1998).
While living in Eddystone, Aniston was enrolled at a local elementary school.
In 2015, she spoke about a childhood incident that led to her lifelong fear of water.
The film focuses on a trio of employees who plot to murder their titular tyrannical supervisors.
Gregory Ellwood of Hit Fix stated, "It's really on most people's radar for being a rare dramatic turn for Jennifer Aniston, and she doesn't disappoint." He further stated, "Aniston makes you believe in Claire's pain.
She makes you believe this character is at her lowest point and only she can pull herself out of it.
So, I can't go underwater and no one will believe me.
I honestly can't." The incident led to filming a swimming pool scene 30 times on the set of the film with director Daniel Barnz before getting it right.
It will no longer be possible to consider her in the same way."s Keith Phipps gave the film a negative review stating, "It’s like watching the 'we were on a break' episode of Friends stretched to feature length, and without the blessed relief of commercial breaks or the promise of Seinfeld around the corner." Her announcement to appear on Cougar Town garnered excitement and was dubbed as her return to television. ' gimmick, though the show has a lot of fun with the idea that the therapist is obviously batshit [...] It's a funny bit, and it highlights just how much Jennifer Aniston is built to be a TV star." In March 2010, Aniston appeared in the romantic comedy action film The Bounty Hunter, which costarred Gerard Butler. The Hollywood Reporter described it as a "mishmash ends up as a thoroughly unfunny adult cartoon." A lukewarm box-office reception greeted her next film, the romantic comedy The Switch (2010), in which she co-starred with Jason Bateman.