During the 1990s Friends was arguably the biggest show on TV.
Not only did it change our lives, but it also catapulted the six actors into astronomical levels of fame that has continued with them throughout their careers.
Since the show ended 13 years ago the cast have not been able to be interviewed without the classic sitcom being mentioned.
Meaning that over the years all of them have made shocking confessions about the show.
The show was on air for a decade and only came to an end when the creative team decided it was enough. Meaning that everyone left on great terms, something that David Schwimmer who plays Ross explained in an interview.
“We all know how lucky we are to have a great job. We enjoy each other’s company, and that’s all I need to keep me happy.” – David Schwimmer
Part of being an actor is having to “pretend” to be in a relationship or to get intimate with another actor who probably isn’t your real life significant other. Remember the scene where Phoebe kisses Gunther? Yep well apparently that was pretty awkward.
“I love Lisa [Kudrow], but it was weird because her husband was there when we shot. He was standing there! But that was great. I just adore Lisa and think she’s a marvelous person and fantastic actor, so that was a really fun scene. I told her I’d brush my teeth right before the scene and have some gum or something.” – James Michael Tyler (aka “Gunther”)
It turns out that Matthew Perry didn’t have to change up his own persona too much when acting as Chandler.
“I’m really similar to Chandler in that I’m most comfortable in a world that’s kind of funny. If there’s an awkward pause at all in a conversation, I’ll fill it as fast as I can with a joke.” – Matthew Perry
All the actors in the show had their own ideas about where they wanted the story to go. David Schwimmer hoped that Ross and Rachel would eventually work it out.
“I want Ross to find another relationship away from Rachel. But it would be nice to come back to the relationship with her and then eventually marry. Will it happen? The writers can do almost anything they want.” – David Schwimmer
Lisa Kudrow has since defended Phoebe’s quirky ways.
“Phoebe is not stupid. She just has a different point of reference for everything.” – Lisa Kudrow
Turns out the series did not end how Courtney Cox has hoped. Her ideas really were out there.
“My fantasy is that Joey and Chandler finally get together. Ross and Phoebe take their kids and move to the country. Rachel and Monica start dating, fall in love and realize they’ve had it with men.” – Courteney Cox
Matt LeBlanc admitted that he would often forget to come out of character.
“To do Joey, I have to turn half my brain off. The problem is, at the end of the day, I sometimes forget to switch it back on again.” – Matt LeBlanc
The “Rachel” haircut was iconic and caused women across the globe to head to their hairdressers in a bid to recreate it. However it turns out Jennifer Aniston was not a fan.
“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.” – Jennifer Aniston
Remember when Rachel and Joey started hooking up and everyone got really uncomfortable? Well it turns out that awkwardness was not acting.
“It felt wildly inappropriate. Everybody got super-defensive about the whole thing. We went to David and Marta as a group and said, ‘We’re really concerned about this. It doesn’t feel right. We have a problem with it.'” – Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry has since realised why he was so funny on the show. He admitted that he was trying to impress the hot ladies on set – including his show wife, Courtney Cox.
“I realized why I was funny on Friends, ‘cause I was just showing off for her. She’s very pretty and I just wanted to make her laugh all day long.” – Matthew Perry
Jennifer Aniston went on to dominate Hollywood after appearing on Friends, and admits that it was good for the show to come to an end when it did.
“I don’t want [the six characters] to be living together when we’re 70. Eventually we’re going to have to evolve, move on.” – Jennifer Aniston
You would think playing a “fat” version of yourself is a little weird, but not for Courtney Cox.
“Playing Fat Monica was so freeing! I remember being in costumer waiting for the other cast members to come out, and I just grabbed a doughnut and started dancing like crazy in front of the audience” – Courtney Cox
Maggie Wheeler who played Janice admitted that her character really did not know how much she was disliked by the gang.
“Here’s the beautiful thing about Janice: she really had no idea who didn’t like her. She’s a wonderful, big hearted woman.” – Maggie Wheeler.