Friends will always be remembered as one of our favorite shows of all time. It was on for so long and had so many episodes that it can be a show that’s hard to get sick of. Even though it’s over and has been for a long time, we still can’t stop talking about it. Who doesn’t love seeing all the friends’ faces on the show, especially Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe? These three ladies are some of our favorite girls to ever appear on a long-running sitcom. They were all smart in their own way while also serving as everyone’s crush at the time. They also are arguably the three funniest characters on the show, always making us laugh harder than Chandler, Joey, and especially Ross.
With such a long running show, there’s bound to be plenty of secrets that we never knew about the three ladies. Even though the majority of the series was on when the internet wasn’t as big as it is today, we’ve still been able to keep records of all the secrets and interesting facts that have been revealed about the ladies throughout the years. Behind ever big thing you think you know about them, there’s probably something you never knew! The ladies, aside from Jennifer Aniston, haven’t been as public and vocal as they were in the late ’90s, so we might not ever get to know everything about them. But for now, here are 15 things you never knew about the ladies on Friends!
15. Courteney Cox Is The Only One To Never Receive An Emmy Or Nomination
One of the reasons that it has been hard for the Friends actors to find work after the series is because that it is hard for us to not see them as their characters on the show. This is a good thing, though, because it means they were all excellent characters that were able to fulfill very real and convincing roles. This excellent acting earned them all at least an Emmy nomination, with a few of them actually winning.
That is, everyone except Courteney Cox! When you watch the show, there’s not really anything about Courteney Cox that sets her apart from the other actors, so it’s kind of strange to wonder why she never really got her chance for a nomination? She has stated herself though, that she sometimes felt she was lacking deep storylines, so perhaps the writers are at fault for her no nomination streak.
14. Lisa Kudrow Was The First To Get The Emmy
Have you ever met someone who didn’t like Phoebe? I mean, almost all the Friends fans I know get annoyed with Ross often, but Phoebe is a very hard character not to like. That comes as no surprise, then, that Lisa Kudrow was the first out of all the Friends cast to receive an Emmy award. She was nominated twice before winning, but eventually took home the award in 1998 for her performance as Phoebe.
She has been nominated a total of six times throughout the series but still only won the one time in 1998. She definitely deserved the nominations, but 1998 was when she was going through the surrogacy part of her storyline, arguably one of her most emotional times. If anything, this was for sure her chance to take home the win. And it was also one of the most emotional times we had seen so far on Friends, besides Ross and Rachel’s on again-off again romantic storyline.
13. Jennifer Aniston’s Hairdresser Was High When He Cut Her Hair
“The Rachel” is a haircut that rocked the Friends era. Everyone was chopping their locks off to look like the Central Perk waitress during her time on the show. Even 10+ years later, people still take a picture of Rachel to the hairdresser so they can look just like her. For such an iconic and admirable hairstyle, you would think that it would take time and careful planning to craft such a perfect ‘do. The reality of the situation, however, is that the hairstyle came out of the mind of a person on drugs.
Jennifer Aniston’s hairdresser has since admitted that he was a little under the influence of marijuana when he clipped the famous ‘do. Chris McMillan is Jennifer Aniston’s longtime hairdresser and still works with her to this day. Although he was high at the time, the haircut was definitely still iconic. But Jennifer Aniston actually revealed that she hated the haircut and thought it was hideous!
12. Courteney Cox Was Pregnant At The End Of Filming
Throughout her time on the show, having children was a big topic for Courteney Cox’s character Monica. By the end of the series, she ended up pursuing adoption with Chandler since neither of them was able to have children. The reality of the situation is that Courteney Cox was actually pregnant while filming the last season of Friends!
At the time, she was pregnant with her daughter Coco, whose father is David Arquette. You would have never of guessed, however, as the producers did a pretty good job of hiding her bump. The sad reality is that some people made fun of her for gaining weight! Regardless of the couple of extra pounds she put on while pregnant, she still looked gorgeous and never made us wonder if she was actually pregnant during this time!
11. Lisa Kudrow Was Too
Lisa Kudrow wasn’t actually pregnant at the end of filming, but rather, during the time when she was playing the role of Phoebe during the surrogacy storyline. She actually helped come up with the idea of her pregnancy so that she would still be able to film after she announced her real-life baby bump. This way, the producers never had to worry about hiding the bump for her character like they would have to do for Courteney Cox in the future.
During the show, Phoebe was pregnant with triplets, so the reality is that she actually did still have to wear a pregnancy bump to make her much bigger than she actually was. This also means that Lisa Kudrow was able to win an Emmy and act throughout the season all while she was pregnant! We always knew Phoebe was the best for more reasons other than just her time on the show!
10. Leprechaun Almost Made Jennifer Quit
One of Jennifer Aniston’s first big roles was her time on the movie Leprechaun. No one really knew who she was, even after the film came out. The truth is, is that she hated her time on the movie so much that she almost considered quitting acting! Even many years later, she still admits to really hating the film, especially because the campiness haunts her when she’s trying to find a serious role.
We’re definitely stoked that she didn’t give up acting. Could you imagine if the famous Jennifer Aniston had only had her one big role in Leprechaun? Her time on Friends also made her a millionaire, so she would have lived a completely different life. And where would SmartWater be without her million-dollar endorsement? I mean, they probably would’ve just found another attractive star, but still, there’s no doubting we would all be a little different had someone else played Rachel.
9. Courteney Cox Was A Rebellious Teen
Monica was a pretty put together character on the series. She was a clean freak, ultra-organized, and always felt guilty if she ever did anything wrong. The reality is, however, that Courteney Cox was a pretty rebellious teen! She was born to a fairly wealthy family and didn’t have any issues in her early life. However, her parents later divorced, creating devastating effects for Courteney. Her mother ended up remarrying, and for a while, she wasn’t making things very easy for them.
As she grew up, however, she ended up rekindling their relationship as a family and things are all smooth between all of them now. It’s still pretty hard to imagine the neurotic and spastic Monica as ever being even slightly rebellious. She ended up starting her career as a model as well, appearing in many teen magazines and even some tampon advertisements! Who knew she had such a different past!
8. Lisa Kudrow Was A Medical Researcher Before Acting
If you think Courteney Cox’s past is strange, you won’t believe Lisa Kudrow’s! Lisa Kudrow graduated from a college in New York with her degree in psychobiology. She had a passion for studying science, so she decided to pursue a career in the research field of biology. She ended up moving to New York, where she met one of her brother’s friends, Jon Lovitz.
Jon actually persuaded Lisa to try out acting as he could see the talent in her before she saw it herself. So she completely changed career paths and started pursuing improv. She ended up becoming friends with Conan O’Brien and landed a big TV role on Mad About You. This led to her role on Friends, and the rest is history! And to think, if she hadn’t met Jon Lovitz, we might have seen someone completely different playing the role of the ditzy and wild Phoebe!
7. Jennifer Aniston Had To Lose Weight To Play Rachel
Before Jennifer Aniston landed the role of Rachel, she had actually been offered the part of Monica! That would have been crazy to see itself, and Jen knew this. That’s why she did her best to convince the producers that she deserved the role of Rachel instead, as her personality was better suited for the role than for Monica. The producers agreed, but under one condition- she had to lose 30 pounds.
Obviously, she did, which is why she got the role of Rachel, but it’s still heartbreaking to imagine a young Jennifer Aniston being told she was too fat for a role! She looked amazing during her time on the show, and she still shocks us with her good looks now, but we know that if she had kept on those extra 30 pounds, we would have loved her just as much! How could you ever say no to Jennifer Aniston?
6. Courteney Cox Was Jealous Of Rachel’s Hair
As we’ve already discussed, “The Rachel” haircut was a pretty big deal. But in an interview, Courteney Cox revealed that she was actually jealous of Rachel’s hair! At the time, they both had the same hairdresser, but Courteney was never given iconic looks like Rachel was. Even when Rachel didn’t have “The Rachel,” she was still given haircuts that people admired and mimicked for a lifetime. But unfortunately, Monica never got a chance.
Courteney Cox is still good friends with Jennifer Aniston, so the jealousy never got to be too much. But still, she claimed it hurt to see her costar gaining more attention than her just because of her hair style. Maybe she just wasn’t around the hairdresser when he was high enough? Or perhaps Jennifer is just so perfect that we would have been obsessed with her hair no matter what?
5. Lisa Kudrow Hates Singing
One of the things that made Phoebe so great was her singing career. Who doesn’t know all the words to “Smelly Cat?” She was always writing up different songs and always performing in the coffee house. Even though many of the other characters would talk bad about her performance within the show, it was always a fan favorite to see Phoebe perform. The truth is, however, that Lisa Kudrow actually hates singing!
You would think for someone who does it so much, she would at least slightly enjoy it. But the truth is, she loathes singing in public. She states that she only does it if it’s going to get people to laugh. Well, isn’t that just sweet of her; putting herself through something she hates just to get her fans to laugh! Well, it’s worked for many years, and hopefully, she won’t stop for good anytime soon!
4. Jennifer And Brad Met On A Blind Date
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were the hottest couple in Hollywood for a while. And with the recent news of Brad divorcing Angelina, we’ve been wondering what’s going to be happening with Jen and Brad. But to go further back into their history, we found out that they actually met each other on a blind date! Could you imagine meeting one of the hottest people at the time on a date where you knew nothing about how attractive that person was before the date?
Obviously, when they met in 1998, they both had to have known who each other was. The date was set up by their agents, and they didn’t reveal who they’d be going on a date with beforehand. It seems a bit strange that Brad hadn’t just asked her out himself, but they ended up falling in love, for a while at least, until Angelina came along…
3. Courteney Got Her Big Break In A Springsteen Video
We already know that Lisa Kudrow got her big break in Mad About You. Jennifer broke out as a star in Leprechaun, and we even know that Courteney Cox was a teen model in the beginning of her career. But what was it that really started her acting career? Well apparently, all it took was a performance in Bruce Springsteen’s video for “Dancing in The Dark.”
In the video, she plays “surprised girl” who gets pulled from the crowd to dance with Bruce on stage. For her role in the video, she was only paid $350.00! That’s pennies compared to her final days on Friends when she was getting paid $1,000,000 per episode! Regardless, the video blew up, mostly because people love Bruce, but everyone also was curious to know who the girl who danced with Bruce was. This led to a couple other small roles, which finally landed her the big role on Friends.
2. Lisa Kudrow Saved Herself Until Marriage
One of the things that is really unique about Friends, was that it featured promiscuous girls, at least for the time. It used to be a little risky to discuss female sexuality on TV in the ’90s, but the girls on Friends were never afraid to discuss their romantic “relations.” One of the ladies who was the most known for her dating life was Phoebe! She didn’t have a long-term relationship like Rachel and Monica had, and she always was discussing hooking up with different hunks.
The reality of the situation is, that Lisa Kudrow herself has only slept with one man her entire life – her husband! Lisa Kudrow has revealed to many sources that she decided to save herself until marriage. This means that for a few years at the beginning of the show, she hadn’t even had sex with anyone! That says a lot about her performance because she was never afraid to discuss her sexuality!
1. Jennifer Aniston Has Had Cosmetic Surgery
For a while on the show, it was a joke that Rachel had undergone a nose job and that this was a good choice for her character. Well, many rumors also circulated for quite some time that Jennifer Aniston had gone under the knife in real life as well. She has revealed that she has gotten fillers and Botox several different times.
The reality is, however, that people are constantly hounding her for information about her face. It’s really no one’s business but hers and her doctors, and yet people are still dying to know. Even though she has altered her face slightly by using surgery, we think she’s stunning no matter what! She’s always done her best to portray a natural and healthy look, and if that means she needs a few fillers to feel confident, that’s completely OK! We’ll always love all these ladies no matter what they choose to do!