updated 08/03/2010 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/04/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
Jennifer Aniston is one funny lady – but in a new photo shoot she’s channeling Funny Girl star Barbra Streisand.
Aniston, who is a Streisand superfan, didn’t need much convincing to dress up like one of her idols for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
In fact, San Fernando Valley-born Aniston, 41, who stars in the Aug. 20 movie release The Switch, was already intimately acquainted with the Brooklyn-born Oscar-, Grammy-, Emmy- and Tony-winning superstar, 68.
“[Barbra] was wonderful, and you could talk to her about anything,” Aniston tells the magazine about meeting Streisand at a Hollywood party on New Year’s Eve a few years ago.
“So, I happened to be talking to her and Jim [Streisand’s husband, actor James Brolin] when it struck midnight. They said, ‘Excuse us,’ kissed each other, and then, very politely, kissed me.’ ”
During her photo shoot at a Los Angeles theater, Aniston listened to Streisand’s 1964 signature song, “People,” and donned outfits inspired by the singer-actress’s wardrobe in two of her bigger movie hits, Funny Girl and What s Up, Doc?
Naturally, Aniston’s transformation could not be complete without Babs’s signature talons. “The nails were like, ‘There she is!’ ” says the Friends fashion plate. The resulting photos? Let s just say they re like buttah.