Rachel Karen Green is a fictional character on the popular U.S. television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), portrayed by Jennifer Aniston, who received an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe for her performances.
Rachel first appears in the Pilot episode running into Central Perk in a rain-soaked wedding dress. Rachel had run away from her wedding to Barry Farber after realizing that she didn’t really love him and was attracted more to the gravy boat that they had been given as a wedding present more than him.
Rachel gets a job as a waitress at Central Perk but is careless, taking long breaks to sit with her friends and regularly mixing up orders. In the third season, with encouragement from Joey and Chandler she quits her job as a waitress to pursue a career in fashion. Joey is able to get her a job with Fortunata Fashions as a personal assistant and Rachel begins her career in fashion here. Later on, she gets a job as an assistant buyer at Bloomingdale’s with the help of colleague Mark, but after Mark leaves and her boss Joanna dies, she is demoted to personal shopper. She then begins a job at Ralph Lauren in “The one with Rachel’s Inadvertent Kiss” where she is the coordinator of the women’s collection. Ralph Lauren is impressed by her work and in “The one with Rachel’s Assistant” she is promoted to merchandising manager where she memorably has an affair with her assistant, Tag Jones.