Friends is no doubt one of the most popular TV shows to ever grace TV screens. In fact, you would have to be living under a rock for the last 20 years to not know about it. It is a show that is beloved by viewers and despite being 12 years since its final episode aired, its re-runs are still featured prominently on TV. No matter how much time passes the show remains popular with audiences. It is one of those shows that people are willing to watch over and over and somehow never get tired of it.
A large part of the show's immortality is down to its stellar cast. Yes, there’s no denying that the creators of Friends got it very right with the casting of Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe and Ross. It was as if these actors were made to play these parts, and they brought their significant characters to life in a way that had never been seen before, and possibly never will be seen again.
An interesting point though, and what this article will explore, is just what exactly these actors were up to before being catapulted into the spotlight. This is one cast that didn’t have it handed to them when it came to breaking into the entertainment industry. This article will show you just how each of these six stars had to take on their fair share of mundane jobs before getting to carry out their dream job.
15 Clinical Researcher - Lisa Kudrow
14 Comedian - Lisa Kudrow
13 Carpenter - Matt LeBlanc
12 Heinz Commercial - Matt LeBlanc
11 Bon Jovi Video - Matt LeBlanc
10 Theatre Company Director - David Schwimmer
9 Tennis Player - Matthew Perry
8 Pacific Bell Commercial - Matthew Perry
7 Waitress - Jennifer Aniston
6 Telemarketer - Jennifer Aniston
5 Bike Messenger - Jennifer Aniston
4 Nutri-System Rep on Howard Stern - Jennifer Aniston
3 Concert Booking Agent - Courteney Cox
2 Tampax Commercial - Courteney Cox
1 Springsteen Video - Courteney Cox
More evidence of Courteney Cox’s past work can be found on YouTube in the form of a Bruce Springsteen music video. The year before her commercial appearance, Cox made an appearance in Springsteen’s music video for "Dancing in the Dark." This is arguably the most renowned pre-Friends job that any of the cast had. Although Cox acts as more of a model, rather than an actress in the video, it was still great experience that no doubt helped her in eventually winning the part of Monica Geller. In the music video, Cox can be seen gazing up at Springsteen from the crowd before he pulls her up on stage to dance with him. The pair then go into a side-stepped dance that resulted in many individuals taking notice of Cox at the time.
Sources: Quora, Fame10, Wikipedia
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