At times, Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd seem to be male and female versions of the same person. Their similar personalities create great on-screen chemistry, but what about off-screen? Apparently, the two actors did briefly date, but the romantic relationship never really blossomed.
Rudd eventually went on to marry Julie Yaeger (who used to work for his publicist), with whom he shares two kids. Jen and Rudd remain on congenial terms and even like “old friends.” And there’s no denying the two actors are comedy gold on-screen, which is certainly why they have appeared in more than one film together.
Daniel McDonald — Some Drama
After Jen admitted (after many years) that she had a real connection with deceased Daniel McDonald, going so far as to say he may have been “the one”, she received some unexpected pushback. McDonald’s widow lashed out saying that Aniston wasn’t there when McDonald was battling the disease that took his life and that she was just trying to get publicity out of his death. Ouch.
Understandably, McDonald’s widow (Mujah Maraini-Melhi) would be upset that the media focused more on Jen’s relationship with the late McDonald than his actual untimely death. But Jen certainly didn’t have any ill intentions.
Truly an odd couple, Jen next dated “Counting Crows” singer Adam Duritz. Not much is known about the couple’s relationship, except that it started around 1995 as “Friends” was taking off.
At the time, Duritz said he really didn't know who Aniston was and had never seen “Friends” but that his friends matched them, telling them both they were interested in each other when no such interest was initially expressed. The two dated for a brief time and, although it’s not really known why the two split, Duritz said “it didn’t last very long, but she’s a nice girl”.
Paul Rudd — Screen Partner
So, just how many times have Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston been on-screen together? Their first time appearing together on-screen was on none other than “Friends.” Rudd starred as Mike, Phoebe’s love interest on the show.
Jen and Paul also starred together in the 1998 film “The Object of My Affection,” where her character falls for her openly gay friend (Rudd). They also starred together years later in the comedy “Wanderlust.” No matter what project Jen and Paul are working on together, you know big laughs are in store.
For Jen’s next romance, she got together with a fellow actor from “Friends,” Tate Donavan. For six episodes, Donavan played a love interest in Rachel and also had a romance off-set. This would have been delightful for fans, but unfortunately for the couple, their professionalism and acting skills were soon heavily tested.
During the course of the six episodes where Donavan played Rachel’s love interest, their real-life romance began to unravel, leading to a breakup. But the two carried on as professionals and finished out the storyline. Her next romance, however, wouldn’t be as brief.