How Jennifer Aniston Is Connected to Every Golden Globe Nominee in 6 Degrees or Less

by Stacy Lambe 7:24 AM PST, January 06, 2015
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Move over Kevin Bacon! When it comes to working with everyone in Hollywood, Jennifer Aniston may be the actor to beat.

While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.

Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.

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Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played Six Degrees of Jennifer Aniston to connect the 45-year-old actress with all the other acting nominees.

Check out our connections and see if you can bring the actress closer to each nominee.


Nominee: Number of Degrees from Aniston >> Co-star (Shared project with previous name>> Repeat until Aniston is reached



Steve Carell: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Bruce Almighty)

Benedict Cumberbatch: 2 Degrees >> Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) >> Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses 2)

Jake Gyllenhaal: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (The Good Girl)

David Oyelowo: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Derailed)

Eddie Redmayne: 2 Degrees >> Scarlet Johansson (The Other Boleyn Girl) >> Jennifer Aniston (He's Just Not That Into You)


Jennifer Aniston: 0 Degrees

Felicity Jones: 3 Degrees >> Lena Dunham (Girls) >> Anna Kendrick (Happy Christmas) >> Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

Julianne Moore: 2 Degrees >> Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1>> Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses)

Rosamund Pike: 2 Degrees >> Ben Affleck (He’s Just Not That Into You>> Jennifer Aniston (He’s Just Not That Into You)

Reese Witherspoon: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)


Ralph Fiennes: 3 Degrees >> Kristin Scott Thomas (The Invisible Woman>> Clive Owen (Gosford Park>> Jennifer Aniston (Derailed)

Michael Keaton: 2 Degrees >> Alec Baldwin (30 Rock>> Jennifer Aniston (30 Rock)

Bill Murray: 2 Degrees >> Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends with Money)

Joaquin Phoenix: 2 Degrees >> Reese Witherspoon (Inherent Vice>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Christoph Waltz: 2 Degrees >> Brad Pitt (Inglorious Basterds>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)


Amy Adams: 2 Degrees >> Will Ferrell (Talledega Nights>> Jennifer Aniston (SNL)

Emily Blunt: 2 Degrees >> Steve Carell (Dan in Real Life>> Jennifer Aniston (Bruce Almighty)

Helen Mirren: 2 Degrees >> Bruce Willis (Red>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Julianne Moore: 2 Degrees >> Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are Alright>> Jennifer Aniston (Rumor Has It)

Quvenzhané Wallis: 2 Degrees >> Jamie Foxx (Annie>> Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses)


Robert Duvall: 2 Degrees >> Reese Witherspoon (Four Christmases>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Ethan Hawke: 2 Degrees >> Michael Vartan (Alias>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Edward Norton: 2 Degrees >> Brad Pitt (Fightclub>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Mark Ruffalo: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Rumor Has It)

J.K. Simmons: 2 Degrees >> Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)


Patricia Arquette: 2 Degrees >> Dermot Mulroney (Goodbye Lover>> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Jessica Chastain: 2 Degrees >> Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Keira Knightley: 2 Degrees >> Clive Owen (King Arthur>> Jennifer Aniston (Derailed)

Emma Stone: 2 Degrees >> Steve Carell (Crazy Stupid Love>> Jennifer Aniston (Bruce Almighty)

Meryl Streep: 2 Degrees >> Chris Pine (Into the Woods>> Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses 2)

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Clive Owen: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Derailed)

Liev Schreiber: 2 Degrees >> Courteney Cox (Scream) >> Jennifer Aniston (Cougar Town)

Kevin Spacey: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses)

James Spader: 2 Degrees >> Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Age of Ultron) >> Jennifer Aniston (Rumor Hast It)

Dominic West: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Rock Star)


Claire Danes: 2 Degrees >> Dermot Mulroney (The Family Stone) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Viola Davis: 2 Degrees >> Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Julianna Margulies: 2 Degrees >> Matthew Perry (The Good Wife) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Ruth Wilson: 2 Degrees >> Dominic West (Rock Star) >> Jennifer Aniston (Rock Star)

Robin Wright: 2 Degrees >> Sean Penn (She’s So Lovely) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)


Louis C.K.: 2 Degrees >> Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) >> Jennifer Aniston (He’s Just Not That Into You)

Don Cheadle: 2 Degrees >> Brad Pitt (Ocean’s 11) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Ricky Gervais: 2 Degrees >> Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum) >> Jennifer Aniston (Along Came Polly)

William H. Macy: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

Jeffrey Tambor: 2 Degrees >> Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) >> Jennifer Aniston (He’s Just Not That Into You)


Lena Dunham: 2 Degrees >> Anna Kendrick (Happy Christmas) >> Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

Edie Falco: 2 Degrees >> Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) >> Jennifer Aniston (30 Rock)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 2 Degrees >> Lisa Kudrow (Web Therapy) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Gina Rodriguez: 3 Degrees >> Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) >> Courteney Cox (Scrubs) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Taylor Schilling: 3 Degrees >> Lorraine Toussaint (OITNB) >> Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)


Martin Freeman: 2 Degrees >> Zooey Deschanel (The Good Girl) >> Jennifer Aniston (The Good Girl)

Woody Harrelson: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Management)

Matthew Mcconaughey: 2 Degrees >> Woody Harrelson (True Detective) >> Jennifer Aniston (Management)

Mark Ruffalo: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Rumor Has It)

Billy Bob Thornton: 2 Degrees >> Ben Affleck (Armageddon) >> Jennifer Aniston (He’s Just Not That Into You)


Maggie Gyllenhaal: 2 Degrees >> Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) >> Jennifer Aniston (The Good Girl)

Jessica Lange: 3 Degrees >> Sarah Paulson (AHS) >> Brad Pitt (12 Years a Slave) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Frances McDormand: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends with Money)

Frances O'Connor: 2 Degrees >> Reese Witherspoon (The Importance of Being Earnest) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Allison Tolman: 3 Degrees >> Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) >> Ben Affleck (Armageddon) >> Jennifer Aniston (He’s Just Not That Into You)


Matt Bomer: 2 Degrees >> Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Alan Cumming: 2 Degrees >> Matthew Perry (The Good Wife) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Colin Hanks: 3 Degrees >> Emma Stone (The House Bunny) >> Steve Carell (Crazy Stupid Love) >> Jennifer Aniston (Bruce Almighty)

Bill Murray: 2 Degrees >> Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends with Money)

Jon Voight: 2 Degrees >> Ben Stiller (Zoolander) >> Jennifer Aniston (Along Came Polly)


Uzo Aduba: 3 Degrees >> Lorraine Toussaint (OITNB) >> Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Kathy Bates: 3 Degrees >> Sarah Paulson (AHS) >> Brad Pitt (12 Years a Slave) >> Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Joanne Froggatt: 2 Degrees >> Shirley MacLaine (Downton Abbey) >> Jennifer Aniston (Rumor Hast It)

Allison Janney: 1 Degree >> Jennifer Aniston (The Object of My Affection)

Michelle Monaghan: 2 Degrees >> Woody Harrelson (True Detective) >> Jennifer Aniston (Management)

For those keeping track, many connections led back to Friends thanks to guest appearances from such stars as Brad Pitt, Ellen Pompeo, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and Sean Penn. While it's amazing to think about how many big stars visited the set, there was a time when it was just about Aniston and her five co-stars. Watch as ET goes behind the scenes of the show when it first started 20 years ago.