The actress first met Bateman before her hit sitcom Friends took off, when the former Arrested Development star appeared alongside a pal in a doomed TV comedy called Simon.
She recalls Bateman being funny and he dreamed of marrying Aniston – when his days as a Hollywood hellraiser were over.
He tells USA Today, “I was playing a lot more back then and she was very tolerant. She had herself together… She was pretty inspirational.
“She was the kind of person that I thought when I get myself together, I hope I find somebody who’s on it like she is.”
And he freely admits his wife Amanda Anka is very similar to Aniston: “She reminds me a lot of her.”