From 1994 until 2004, Friends was one of the biggest shows on the air. Now over a decade later, the show remains beloved by millions and binged by Netflixers on a daily basis. The series helped shape the career of the entire main cast, but today, we’re going to primarily be focusing on the 3 lovely ladies that you grew to love.
Whether you were the fondest of Monica, Rachel or Phoebe, we’re sure they helped forge memories in your mind you won’t soon forget and created references that you may still use as part of your everyday speech.
Today we’re going to take a step into Central Perk and when you leave, that coffee shop will never look the same way again. We have extensive quotes from all the ladies involved, allowing them to put in their own words some of their thoughts on one of the most influential shows of all-time.
Included are unbelievable behind the scenes stories, like a guest star making a sexual remark towards Kudrow, revelations on if the girls are all still BFFs, and what facets of the show all 6 couldn’t stand. We also can’t completely leave out Maggie Wheeler, aka Janice, as we also reveal what the inspiration was behind the most iconic laugh in television history.
You’ve spent, and will continue to spend, hundreds of hours with these girls, but it will only take a few minutes out of your day to make that time all the more enjoyable.
15. Cox Admits “The Girls” Are All Still Close
You wouldn’t be the only person who still manages to cram several hours of Friends into your everyday week. I mean c’mon, it’s just like the perfect background show!
Which may make the next quote from Courteney Cox ecstatic to read, “Life was happening, people were getting married and having kids… we went through ten years together, and it was such an intense time. That’s why we’re so close even if we don’t all see each other. The girls see each other all the time.”
14. A Guest Star Insulted Kudrow’s Appearance
There should be no question that when Friends was airing that Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, and Jennifer Aniston were all considered to be some of the most beautiful women on television. But that didn’t stop one guest star from throwing some major shade at Lisa Kudrow.
When talking about her interactions with the unnamed male star, Kudrow said, “I rehearsed without makeup most of the week and then on show night I’m in hair and makeup and I was told, ‘Oh wow, now you’re” – can I say it? “Now you’re f——–,’”
13. Aniston Still Loves The Show
Even though Friends has been off the air for over a decade, it remains a fixture in many people’s lives. Which begs the question, does the cast love the show as much as the loyal fanbase does? When sitting down for an interview with BBC’s “The One Show” Aniston revealed that she too loves taking a trip back to Central Perk.
“I can’t help it. First, I’m trying to remember which episode it is and half the time I’m saying to myself, ‘I don’t remember that.’ You get sucked into the nostalgia of it.”
12. Why Maggie Wheeler Developed The Laugh
This list is primarily about the main 3 girls from the Friends gang, but we can’t completely ignore Maggie Wheeler and the tremendous job she does as Janice.
When talking about the role with Cosmopolitan UK, Wheeler revealed why she developed such a trademark laugh:
“The laugh happened for me organically in the first rehearsal because I needed to find a way to laugh because Matthew Perry is so funny. Working with him I thought this guy was going to make me laugh on set, I’ve got to be prepared. What am I gonna do? So I created Janice’s laugh as a safety measure just in case he made me laugh.”
11. Kudrow’s Favorite Episode
There are many episodes of Friends that we are sure you know and love. But when it comes to Lisa Kudrow, her favorite episode comes in Season 8 with “The One With The Halloween Party”.
The episode has a notable cameo from Sean Penn and also features a heavy Ursula subplot. When talking about the episode with Reddit on an Ask Me Anything, it was a behind the scenes fact that made the episode stand out.
10. Cox Was Almost Cast As Rachel
When Courteney Cox first came on the radar of the creators of Friends, it wasn’t for the role of Monica Gellar. Instead, they thought that Cox would have been a natural fit to play Rachel Green. But thankfully for everyone involved, Cox was able to talk them out of the decision and cast her as Monica instead.
“For some reason, I thought I related more to Monica, which maybe it’s because I do. ‘I’m very similar to her… I’m not as clean as Monica, but I am neat. And I’m not as competitive, even though some people, my partner (musician) Johnny McDaid, would say I am.”
9. Aniston Hated The “Rachel” Haircut
The infamous “Rachel” haircut has been replicated by millions of people all around the world. But you aren’t going to see Jennifer Aniston strapping herself down in the chair for another run with perhaps the most “classic” hairstyle in television history.
Allure did an interview with Aniston in 2011 where she didn’t hold back about her thoughts on the hairstyle, saying “Let’s say there have been moments I’d rather not relive, like that whole Rachel thing. I love Chris [McMillan, her hairstylist], and he’s the bane of my existence at the same time because he started that damn Rachel, which was not my best look. How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen. What I really want to know is, how did that thing have legs? Let’s just say I’m not a fan of short, layered cuts on me personally, so I don’t love revisiting that particular era.”
8. Kudrow Was Really Pregnant (And So Was Monica!)
When you are running a sitcom, there is always going to be that chance that someone involved in the cast is going to end up pregnant. When this happens there are several different things you can do. Some shows write off the character, albeit temporarily, but many shows try and either embrace or hide the bump.
Friends did both, first incorporating the real-life pregnancy of Kudrow into the surrogate storyline found in season 4 and 5. She later gave birth in 1998 to her son, Julian. Courteney was also pregnant, but it occurred during the storyline where she and Matthew Perry’s character were unable to conceive.
7. Cox Found Out Her Dad Had Cancer On The Way To Work
One of the hardest things that someone may need to experience in their life is the news that their parent is sick. For Courteney Cox, she had the heavy burden of finding out the news that her father had been diagnosed with cancer while on the way to filming.
While Cox did not reveal the episode in question that she had to work through, she was very grateful for the cast and crew, saying, “They were so great to me. We went through the show, I was in a terrible frame of mind, I couldn’t remember my lines, and I wasn’t there.”
6. Kudrow Hated The Guitar And Wanted To Play Bongos
One of the biggest parts of Lisa Kudrow’s character was the fact that she rocked out on the guitar. There is even the episode where she tries to pass her musical talent on to Joey!
But that may make you all the more shocked that Kudrow has admitted in a past interview that she wasn’t a huge fan of the instrument, “I didn’t like the guitar. I wasn’t getting it. So I think I even asked, ‘What if she plays the bongos?'”
5. Aniston Claims They All Hate The Theme Song
One of the best inventions in the last little while was the ability to hit the “skip intro” button when you are watching something on Netflix. Nobody needs to be drifting off to sleep and then have the TV blare at you and being able to skip it with a press of a button is super convenient. Not to mention if you binge-watch a series all day, hearing the song again and again may not be your cup of tea.
Friends has one of the most iconic theme songs of all time, but Aniston admitted on “The One Show” that she didn’t love it. “No one was really a big fan of that theme song. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to say that. We felt it was a little, I dunno, dancing in a pond, a fountain felt sort of odd, but we did it. Because we were told to. We’ll never look at that fountain the same way again.”
4. There Are Talks Of A Phoebe Spin-Off
We all know the trainwreck that was the unfortunate Joey spin-off. But there have been talks as recently as this past June that Phoebe Buffay may find herself back on our television screens in the future.
It was first reported by In Touch Magazine that both Kudrow and Marta Kauffman (who co-created Friends) had been talking about potential storylines. The two will be reunited as Kudrow will be joining the Kauffman-created Grace and Frankie for season 4.
Early reports also discuss the idea that Phoebe would be divorced (sorry Paul Rudd!), but still living in New York. Here’s hoping if it ever did happen that the rest of the gang would stop by occasionally!
3. Aniston Feels Her Role Was A Blessing And A Curse
It is definitely hard for actors of popular television shows to break away from that one role. Especially if the show is on the air for as long as Friends is. So as much as Aniston loves the show, she has admitted in a past interview that her thoughts on the show aren’t all positive
“It’s a blessing and a curse. It gave us everything but also gives you more of a challenge, to shape people’s perceptions of you. It’s ‘Matthew (Perry) is Chandler Bing and Jennifer is Rachel Green.’ So it’s hard for people to even believe that we’re playing other people. It’s just taking gentle baby steps and allowing your fans to grow with you.”
2. Aniston Points Out Why A Reboot Would Suck
It definitely seems to be a trend in Hollywood to try and reboot old franchises that were once loved. Netflix found success with Fuller House, at least with the binge-watching community, and people have fallen back in love with Will & Grace. But Aniston has shot down the idea of a reboot of Friends, but to be fair, she does make a solid point
“Honestly, I don’t know what we would do! I think that period of time was sort of nostalgic. I think why people have such an affection for it is because . . . there was something about a time where our faces weren’t shoved into cell phones. We weren’t checking Facebooks and Instagrams. We were in a room together, or at a coffee shop together. We were talking, having conversations. We have lost that.”
1. How The Awards Shape Up
When it comes to Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe, it’s clear that critics had a clear choice as to who their favorite of the bunch was. Jennifer Aniston ended up being nominated for 55 awards for her rendition of Rachel Green.
This includes successfully winning an Emmy for her role in the episode, “The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (Part 1 And 2)”. She isn’t the only Emmy winner out of the three, as Kudrow took one home years prior for Best Supporting Actress in the episode “The One With Ross’s Wedding”.
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