Friends is undeniably one of the biggest shows in the history of television. The premise of the show was easy enough – it’s a show about six friends living in NYC. Similar shows came before and would come after with almost the exact same premise, but something about Friends in particular worked so well. Something about the chemistry between the actors helped the show attain the 65.9 million viewers who tuned in for the finale. Oh, it also may have helped that the three female leads are total knockouts.
Of the three ladies, Jennifer Aniston certainly gets the most attention because, well, she’s Jennifer Aniston. Being that she’s had a more successful film career following Friends, she’s had to market more films than the other ladies… which leads to more sexy photoshoots. While Jennifer Aniston is obviously hot, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow are beauties themselves as well. Not only were these three beautiful while on Friends, but they’ve also defied time by looking just as great, and in some cases even better, today.
After 236 episodes on NBC and several Golden Globes and Emmy awards to boot, Friends will forever be remembered and the three hot leading ladies of the show will be remembered as well. Below are 15 seriously hot photos of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. You're welcome.
15. Jennifer Aniston In Red
Some people would argue that Jennifer Aniston is one of the most beautiful women in the world. With that said, we’ll go on and say that she was definitely one of the most beautiful women on Friends, if not the most beautiful.
In the above photo, she looks just as good as ever, rocking a tiny, red bodysuit. Her skin is glowing and tanned, just as it always is. In fact, Aniston is so well known for her beautiful skin that it helped her score a gig as Aveeno Skin Care's spokesperson.
Between her glowing skin and honey streaked hair, she always looks like a true California girl. Growing up in Sherman Oaks, she really is a California girl. Though, it is funny that the role for which she became most known was a girl who was raised in Long Island and lived in Manhattan - about as anti-California as you can get. Well, we never said she was Rachel Green.
8 '90s Hotties
This photo of the three leading ladies is so very '90s it’s hilarious. Between the loose fitting jeans and the hair, it’s easy to laugh at what they are wearing, but for the time period this was seriously hot. In particular, Jennifer Aniston is even rocking the whole Marky Mark underwear-peeking-outside-of-the-jeans thing. Watching the show can also reveal some laughable 90s outfits, but the women always looked beautiful… even when they were so very '90s.
In watching the show's iconic opening credits, you’ll notice that the cast is billed alphabetically. Oddly enough, this also means they're billed by the order of their height too: Aniston is 5'4½", Cox is 5'5", Kudrow is 5'8", Le Blanc is 5'9½", Perry is 6', and Schwimmer is 6'1". Weird, right?
7 Did They Start The Duck Face?
Ah, and we all thought that the rise of MySpace and selfies started the duck face. Apparently, the women of Friends were making the duck face long before social media.
Being that they are all so perfect in their roles, it may surprise some to find out that these actresses weren’t all the first choice of the casting directors. The role of Phoebe was originally offered to Janeane Garofalo but she turned it down, as Phoebe was originally written to be gothic. Obviously, the gothic character was morphed into a free-spirited hippie. Kudrow would later go on to star in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion with Garofalo.
Tea Leoni was originally offered the role of Rachel but turned it down to star in The Naked Truth. As for Monica, Leah Remini auditioned for the role but it went to Courteney Cox, who was first offered the role of Rachel but convinced the casting directors that she was more of a Monica. Don't feel too bad for Remini, as she went on to star in The King of Queens.
6 Hello, Lisa Kudrow
Of the three stars, Kudrow has probably done the least sultry photo shoots. Why? We’re not sure. She’s certainly got the body and the face for it. She may just not be too down with posing sexy, which we can’t blame here for. Imagine trying to strike a sexy pose for the cameras. It’s probably pretty uncomfortable and very unsexy. That being said though, she looks like a natural here.
While Lisa Kudrow isn’t exactly like her character Phoebe Buffay, they do share some similarities. For example, Kudrow is a vegetarian just like her character Pheebs. Also, when Phoebe was pregnant with her brother’s triplets, Kudrow was actually pregnant with her son. She convinced the producers to do this storyline so she could continue filming through her pregnancy.
5 Baby Friends
High school photos of the ladies, how adorable! The ladies look beautiful in their youth. Of course, we can see how some of them have grown into their looks. Jennifer Aniston, most noticeably, had a nose job since that photo. This nose job ended up being a joke throughout the course of the series, as Rachel Green would often mention her own nose job. Also, Lisa Kudrow, amazingly, looks exactly the same.
Looking at their younger photos, one has to admit that they are all aging gracefully. When the show started in 1994, Kudrow was 31, Cox 30 and Aniston just 25. Dealing with forever being compared to their younger selves, which are preserved via episodes of Friends playing over and over again on TBS, must be difficult. Now the women are 53, 52 and 47, respectively.
4 Young Courteney
Courteney Cox is the epitome of a fresh faced '90s beauty in this photo. The tussled hair is a bit much, but we’ll forgive her because, y’know '90s. In this particular photo, you can see Cox’s freckles on her chest, which are absolutely adorable. Many times, you never notice that Cox has freckles because she has too much makeup on. Despite her amazing performance as the controlling, high-energy Monica, Cox was the only cast member to never receive an Emmy nomination, which is a huge oversight. We still love you, Court.
Here's a fun little fact about Cox: Her character couldn’t get pregnant, which lead Monica and Chandler to adopt twins. However, while filming the final episodes, Cox was actually pregnant. This was covered up with baggy clothing.
3 Oldie But A Goodie
This Polaroid photo of a young Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston should show you just what natural beauties they both are. Again, the pair are truly the epitome of '90s fashion, which you can see from Aniston’s high-waisted pants. That aside, the two look remarkably fresh-faced and youthful here. The pair aren’t just best friends on the show. Their friendship translated to real life too. They are such tight friends that Cox even served as the Maid of Honor at Jennifer Aniston’s wedding to Justin Theroux.
Sticking together is what the Friends cast did time and time again. When asking for a raise, they banded together and would only accept a raise for all six of them, despite the fact that some of their stars had risen more than others. This camaraderie worked out in their favor, earning them all $1 million an episode by the end of the series.
2 Jen's Still Got It
From the '90s to present day, Jennifer Aniston has literally always looked good. In case you needed proof, feel free to look at the above photo.
At the 2015 SAG awards, she showed up rocking this low-cut number. Oh, and in case your eyes were not immediately drawn to her ample chest, she wore a body chain to draw your eyes right there. Of course, her hair and skin both had her signature healthy glow, making one forget that she’s a woman well into her 40s. If Jennifer Aniston doesn’t prove that age ain’t nothing but a number, we don’t know who can.
Oddly enough, Aniston was the very last person cast in her role on Friends. Being that she's such a perfect Rachel, this is a true surprise.
7. A Still From Friends
Better than just one of the ladies is all three of the ladies.
In this photo, Jennifer Aniston is showing off ‘The Rachel’ haircut. It was a haircut that became a phenomena across the country but oddly enough, Jennifer Aniston didn’t actually like the cut. She even went as far as to say that it was the ugliest haircut she had ever seen. Toning it down just a bit, she explained: "Looking back — honestly, even during that time — I couldn’t do it on my own. I needed [my hairstylist] Chris [McMillan] attached to my hip. Left to my own devices, I am not skilled with a hairbrush and blow dryer."
Well, we still love The Rachel, even if it is a bit dated today.
6. Aging With Grace
In the previous photo, we saw the younger, fresh faces of the ladies. In this photo, they are clearly a bit older but just as hot – maybe even hotter in some cases. The three ladies are sitting together at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where the cast was awarded Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 1996. Lisa Kudrow also won an individual award for her performance in 2000.
We also have to give a shoutout to Jennifer Aniston’s dress in this photo. With the deep cutouts, she’s rocking a super hot underboob, which seems to be very in style these days. Sure, Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid may be rocking the look now, but Queen Aniston was doing it long before them.
1 Uh, Jennifer Aniston...
We don’t have much the say about this photo except "wow." Like we said, Aniston just keeps getting better with age.
Since the photo speaks for itself, we’ll just talk about Ross and Rachel, the on-again-off-again relationship of the show that coined the phrase, “We were on a break!” Oddly enough, we all know that Ross and Rachel had sex exactly 300 times during the course of the show. Weird, right? Well, we know that bit of info because in "The One with the Cop," Ross states that he and Rachel slept together for 298 times. Hearing that, Rachel is shocked that he kept track but, uh, she's mega hot so we don't blame Ross for keeping track.
After that episode, Ross and Rachel sleep together two more times: the time she gets pregnant and the time before she leaves for Paris. Boom, 300 times.
4. That Time Jen Wore A Tie
Remember when Jennifer Aniston posed with just a tie? Yeah, most people don’t forget that one. On the cover of GQ, she posed with a very strategically placed tie and the whole world took notice because, well, look at the damn photo.
Since the show, she has been the one actor with a successful film career, starring in The Break-Up, Marley & Me, and Cake, for which she received multiple award nominations. She also had a smaller role in Horrible Bosses, which helped further separate her from her character Rachel Green. Continuing with the roles in R-rated comedies, she is set to appear in Office Christmas Party, which comes out this December. She’s also cleaned up by endorsing SmartWater, Aveeno Skincare and Emirates airline.
3. Still From Cougar Town
While Cougar Town didn’t have the success of Friends (not many shows do), it certainly wasn’t a flop by any means. The show ran for six season, releasing 101 episodes in that time. In the season two premiere, Jennifer Aniston appeared as a therapist that Jule (Courteney Cox) sees. This episode became the third highest-rated episode of the series, which is really no surprise because not only does Jennifer Aniston draw a crowd but a Jennifer Aniston/Courteney Cox reunion especially draws a crowd. The above photo is a still from this episode.
Both ladies look lovely as ever, with beautiful skin and long, healthy hair. Even though they look amazing, the hottest part about the photo is that Jennifer Aniston's appearance was in support of her friend. Women supporting women is the hottest thing of all if we're being honest.
2. Playing Poker
In this still from the show, the cast is playing poker and the women are in their lingerie. We don’t know why they are playing poker in their lingerie but hey, we don’t mind all that much. The still of them playing poker makes sense, as the group did play poker. They also played an iconic game of trivia in which Monica and Rachel lost their apartment to Joey and Chandler. Later in the series, they also played a game of catch that went on for an entire day. The group apparently loved playing games with one another.
The fact that these six characters fit together so well may lead you to be surprised in hearing that it was originally supposed to be just four. Phoebe and Chandler were meant to be supporting characters, while the show focused on Joey, Ross, Rachel and Monica. We're glad they changed that. The show would not be the same with Chandler and Phoebe just supporting.
1. Sexy Tug Of War
In this still for the show, all the women are wearing short shorts, high heels, midriff bearing tops and are playing tug of war. It seems like some weird male fantasy, but it’s probably the hottest photo you can find of all three of the women together.
They now have some of the most recognizable faces in the world but it was not always that way. Before the premiere, James Burrows, the director, told them that after the show was on the air they wouldn’t be able to go anywhere without being hounded. He was obviously right. Upon being told that, the cast took a trip to Vegas together, where they enjoyed their last moments of the autonomy. They stayed at Caesar's Palace, which would pop up later in the series.
Their faces are recognizable around the world today, but we should also mention that they are just as beautiful in 2016 as they were when the show premiere in 1994.
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