Over the years, Friends had such a slew of celebrities show up on set, it became difficult to keep track of them all. As is the case with most TV shows, the vast majority of characters that popped up were attractive. Some more than others. Well, we’re interested in the some, those supporting characters who stole the show with their attractiveness. Now, supporting cast is a loosely used term. In this list, we want to shed some light on the characters who were only in a couple of episodes. Once they get into double-digit territory, say like Susan Bunch or Carol Willick, they become part of the main cast in our eyes. This also makes some much-needed room in the list so we can include some of the true beauties that tend to get overlooked or forgotten.
While it isn’t a requirement of this category, it just so happens that many of the hottest women on Friends were already celebrities when they made their appearance. Most of them were already hugely famous, making their guest-appearance a celebrity cameo. There is, however, a group of women on this list who became famous afterward, maybe even because of their appearance on Friends. Most of these women are so gorgeous that their attractiveness played a major role in their storyline. Since the guys in the Friends group are all handsome and/or moderately successful, they reeled in some super hot girlfriends, making the narrowing down of this list more difficult than you might think. Here are the 15 Hottest Women on TV’s Friends Outside of the Main Cast.
15. Alexandra Holden
Alexandra Holden had a five-episode run in season six of Friends. She played Elizabeth Stevens, Ross’ student and girlfriend in one of the weirder couples overall. Holden has a young and sweet look about her that allowed her to play a character younger than herself, even though it was only a difference of a few years. The character, Elizabeth, was so hot that Ross risked his teaching career just to be with her. Even after her father, Paul (Bruce Willis), threatened to get Ross fired, he still wanted to be with her. Ross and Emily’s relationship all began after she called him a “hottie” in her teacher evaluations, something Ross read and loved. Being the desperate puppy he is, Ross was drawn to that attention like a moth to a flame. The relationship finally ended when Ross discovered she would rather pay with water balloons then see a play with him.
14. Ellen Pompeo
Nowadays you either love her or hate her because of her crazy long run on Grey’s Anatomy, but Ellen Pompeo is beautiful and, when she appeared on Friends as Missy Goldberg, she looked great. When we first saw Missy at Ross and Chandler’s college reunion, they flash-backed to their college days when they asked her to come and see their band play. In present time, Ross wants to ask Missy out, but he needs to ask Chandler’s permission to break a pact that they made together back in the day. Since they both liked her, they promised that neither one would ever go for her. It’s then that we learned Chandler had broken that pact a long time ago and used to make out with Missy all the time. Lucky guy.
13. Kristin Davis
Erin, played by Kristin Davis, is one of the very few women who found a way to Joey’s heart. Since Joey usually only goes out with a girl once, sleeps with her and then dumps her, he planned to dump Erin the next day after their first date (and sex). However, he asked Rachel and Phoebe to plant a seed with her that he’s a loner and isn’t looking for a relationship when he was at work. When he came home, though, he learned that Rachel and Phoebe didn’t do what he asked. They fell in love with Erin and she stayed in his apartment with them the whole day. They convince Joey to give her another chance and go out with her again. He does and he begins to fall in love with her. They have so much in common: beer, sports and sandwiches; she’s perfect for him. Sadly, Erin doesn’t feel the same way about Joey. She tells Rachel to tell him that she’s a loner and that she isn’t looking for a relationship.
12. Anna Faris
For most of her career, Anna Faris has been employed as the goofy, half-brainless comedian, not far from the female version of Joey Tribbiani. Well, her character in Friends, Erica, the mother of Monica and Chandler’s adopted babies, fell into this same character trope. But just because Friends never utilized her sexiness doesn’t mean we were oblivious to it. Despite being full-on prego, Erica still has to make the list. Maybe we’re basing this decision primarily on what she looks like in real life, but who can blame us? She’s incredible. It’s mentioned after Chandler and Monica get their babies that Joey and Erica should have spent more time together. We wish they did. Joey could have fallen in love and we could have had more Anna Faris. All would be right in the world.
11. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon played one of Rachel’s sisters, Jill. Jill is much more like Rachel than the other sister, Amy. At least, she’s much more like Rachel used to be when the show first started. Jill is spoiled and a shopaholic and she doesn’t know how to live on her own. Since Rachel learned this the hard way, Jill is sent to her by their father to learn how to do the same. Though Rachel works with Jill to get her sorted, things get awkward when Jill and Ross hit it off. Eventually, Rachel tells Ross that she just can’t deal with the two of them together and he ends it. After Jill’s appearance on the show, we hear that she gains some considerable weight in her butt and her face, but we never see her again, so we refuse to believe it.
10. Paget Brewster
Paget Brewster’s Kathy is a personal favorite of ours, if only because the rift that she caused between Joey and Chandler in season four was one of the better storylines in the show. Played beautifully by Brewster, Kathy is first seen by Chandler at Central Perk and he approaches her to ask her out. Coincidentally, she tells him that she’s actually waiting for her date, who turns out to be none other than Joey. While Joey and Kathy have a physical connection, it’s Chandler that she seems most compatible with. While Kathy is really hot, it’s possible that a large part of her attractiveness is owed to her emotional connection with Chandler. That being said, Brewster did go on to star in Criminal Minds and she continued to break hearts there. Yeah, she’s super hot. It has nothing to do with her character.
9. Winona Ryder
In the seventh season of Friends, we meet Melissa Warburton (Winona Ryder), one of Rachel’s old sorority sisters. Obviously, Ryder is drop-dead gorgeous, but the story of how she and Rachel made out after getting too drunk at a college party certainly adds to her entire appeal. Add to that, the end of the episode, in which Rachel and Melissa kiss again, and you’ve got yourself one of the sexiest guest characters of all time. In any show. The joke in “The One with Rachel’s Big Kiss” is that Melissa says that she doesn’t remember the kiss, which bothers Rachel. Eventually, after they kiss again, Melissa reveals that she has been in love with Rachel the entire time. Now how about that power couple?
8. Christine Taylor
Christine Taylor played Bonnie, Phoebe’s beautiful friend who was supposed to be bald but wasn’t. When Phoebe first asked if Rachel would care if she introduced Bonnie to Ross, Rachel agreed thinking Bonnie was still bald. However, when Bonnie showed up, we see that she is not bald and she is very hot. For three episodes, Ross and Bonnie have some fun together until Rachel convinces Bonnie to shave her head again. Bonnie thinks it’s a good idea and does away with her nice, long blonde hair, leaving her with smooth-skinned, very bald head. Ross is clearly put off by this massive change, but, to be honest, it never really mattered anyways. Rachel had showed interest in him and that’s all Ross ever needed to go crawling on back to her. No hot guest star could ever hold a candle to Jennifer Aniston anyways.
7. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union plays the beautiful Kristen Leigh, who Joey and Ross fight over. After she moves in across from Central Perk, both Joey and Ross ask her out on a date, and she agrees to both of them. The guys just don’t know it. When they do find out, they agree to each go out on one more date with Kristen to see who see likes more. They set a spending limit and some ground rules. It all falls apart when Joey tries to ruin Ross’s date and then two guys open up Pandora’s box, revealing all the worst things about each other. After Kristen quietly leaves, Ross and Joey sit down and have a nice dinner together. Even though they don’t seem to care that she left, Kristen was one of the best-looking women on the show. They’ll grow to realize what they lost.
6. Julia Roberts
Even though many people consider her to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, there’s still a large group of people who don’t think Julia Roberts is “that” attractive. Maybe it’s because she was so familiar for movie fans for a long stretch or maybe not, but, in her appearance on Friends in “The One After the Super Bowl” as Susie “Underpants” Moss, Roberts looked incredible. Her story involves Chandler. We learn that he went to school with Susie and pulled up her skirt in front of the entire school, making him the reason why she got the nickname “underpants.” While she’s flirting and showing great interest in Chandler, she’s also putting together a brilliant plot to get revenge on him. Call us crazy, but Julia Roberts talking about underpants might have added a few extra points on her hotness scale.
5. Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate plays Rachel’s sister Amy Green in a couple of episodes in the later seasons, though her name was mentioned a few times prior to her appearing. Amy is one of the most despicable characters on the show and most of the gang dislike her, especially Joey who said that she is the “hottest girl [he’s] ever hated.” But none of that matters. No character traits could ever diminish her hotness. We don’t even have to make a case as to why Amy makes the list. We’re talking about Christina frickin’ Applegate, one of the biggest sex symbols of both the 80s and 90s. Does it matter that she didn’t appear on the show until the new millennium? Hell no. She’s one of the few actresses out there that people could accept as someone related to the impossibly beautiful Rachel Green.
4. Brooke Shields
In the star-studded episode, “The One After the Super Bowl,” Brooke Shields made her appearance as Erika Ford, the obsessed and slightly deranged stalker of Joey’s Dr. Drake Ramoray. Erika can’t seem to come to grip with the fact that Drake Ramoray is a TV character, so she thinks everything on Days of Our Lives is real. Still, she’s sweet and dedicated in her love. She’s also a bit of a freak, which is something a lot of people look for in a mate. Apparently, after Shields filmed her scenes with Matt LeBlanc, scenes that had her kissing him and sucking on his fingers, her real-life partner, tennis champion Andre Agassi, drove home in a rage and smashed all his trophys. He, too, is a little bit of a freak. Sounds like Erika and Andre were a match made in heaven.
3. Elle Macpherson
For five episodes in season six, Australian model Elle Macpherson, played Janine Lacroix, Joey’s temporary roommate. In the show, Joey accepts Janine as his new roommate after Chandler moves out strictly on the basis that she is stunning. Since the five-episode stint happened over New Years, Joey and Janine even ended up kissing a few times, for the sake of the holiday season, and that escalated into them dating. Since that time, Macpherson has said that she regrets ever showing up on the show because she never knew how popular Friends was in the US or how long it would last. If you’re confused by this, don’t worry. So are we. Who wouldn’t want their beauty immortalized on one of the greatest sitcoms ever made?
2. Denise Richards
Denise Richards plays Cassie Geller, Ross and Monica’s cousin, on Friends for only one episode, but she makes her mark. First, she is spotted by Chandler, who is struck dumb by her beauty. Next, it’s Ross, her own cousin, who is so blinded by her attractiveness that he convinces himself that she has feelings for him as well and makes a move. Obviously, she gets grossed out by this advance. After that, when Cassie is staying with Phoebe, Phoebe sees her coming out of the shower and gives her a look that tells the audience that she too feels the same as Ross and Chandler. There have been characters that have worked their way through the group of friends before, but none that did it as easily, as effortlessly or as quickly as the great Cassie Geller.
1. Rebecca Romijn
In “The One with the Dirty Girl,” Rebecca Romijn plays Cheryl, the dirty girl. Cheryl is a paleontologist who dates Ross briefly. We know something’s up because Cheryl is one of the most beautiful women on the planet and Ross is, well, he’s Ross. We learn what’s so wrong with her when she first opens the door to her apartment. Clothes and trash are scattered everywhere, but Ross sticks it out because he realizes just how hot Cheryl is. While making out, Ross puts his hand in chocolate sauce or syrup of some sort, finds a stray piece of bologna and beats on a rat in a bag of chips, which Cheryl thought might have been her hamster. In the end, Ross finds that he just can’t put up with how nasty she is, so he leaves. Monica then shows up to ask if she can clean Cheryl’s apartment.