The iconic NBC sitcom, Friends first premiered in 1994, and fast became one of the most beloved and legendary series of all time. The show ran for ten seasons and followed the main characters Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey as they navigated their lives, relationships, and careers in New York City.
The show managed to capture the hearts of many fans and has a timeless appeal. Each of the characters had special on-screen chemistry, too, which we all watched developed throughout the show. While the main cast members all had unique star quality, they were also joined by plenty of famous guest stars throughout the show, which made it even more memorable.
After the sitcom came to a close on May 6, 2004, most of the main cast managed to stay in the spotlight and landed plenty of other roles. Besides, many of the guest stars also continued to make their mark in the industry. So let’s take a look back at our favorite Friends stars and see where they are today.
Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston, made a dramatic and unforgettable entrance to the show. She turned up to Central Perk in her wedding dress after leaving her fiancé Barry at the altar. We all watched Rachel’s character develope, as she attempted to become independent, break from her father’s wealth, and got her first ‘real’ job at Central Perk café.
As the show progressed, Rachel became known as the most stylish and fashion-forward members of the cast and landed a job in the fashion business. She also inspired a generation of Rachel-style haircuts and won us all over with her charms. We were also all hooked as we watched her tense on-off relationship with Ross, who she later had a daughter with, named Emma.
Jennifer Aniston continued to showcase her comedic talents and has starred in a string of successful movies like ‘He’s Just Not That Into You,’ ‘Horrible Bosses’ and ‘We’re The Millers.’ In addition to her trailblazing career, she has also dedicated her time some philanthropic causes, like St Jude’s Research Hospital and Stand Up to Cancer.
While Jennifer is known for her hit career and style, she has also made headlines for her high-profile romances, including Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux. After years of capturing the attention of the press, Jennifer has recently been very vocal about keeping her personal life private. She is also continuing to star in hit movies, and one of her latest projects was the Netflix movie ‘Dumplin’ and the TV show ‘The Morning Show’ which was recently released onto Apple TV.
Dr. Ross Geller, played by David Schwimmer, made another dramatic entrance to the show after we learned that he had just divorced his wife Carol, who had turned out to be a lesbian. They also shared a son named Ben. As it turned out, Ross’s love life was about to get even more complicated after Rachel turned up in her wedding dress.
Ross became a loveable and charming member of the cast, and we all watched his infamous on-off relationship develop with Rachel. He also had some other whirlwind relationships on the show, like Emily, who he married in England before splitting up when she asked him to cut all contact with Rachel. These two dramatic people seemed to have been meant to be for each other.
After the series came to a close, David Schwimmer continued to carve a successful career. He lent his loveable voice to the giraffe in the animated movie ‘Madagascar.’ He also portrayed the lawyer Robert Kardashian in the ‘The People vs. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story’ and landed a Primetime Emmy nomination for it. The resemblance between him and Robert Kardashian is uncanny. In my opinion, he was an excellent choice for that part.
David also secured a recurring role in the ‘Will & Grace’ revival show as Debra Messing’s love interest. Amazingly, he proved once again that he still has a hilarious sense of humor in 2018 when a video emerged in the UK of a suspected supermarket criminal who looked just like him. So David released his own a parody video pretending to steal beer and pleading his innocence.
Monica Gellar, played by Courtney Cox, was known for her trademark cleanliness and hilariously competitive nature, but it became part of her appeal and is what we all grew to love about her. Monica played a chef, so she would often host and cook for everyone in her gorgeous purple apartment. She ended up becoming great friends and roommates with Rachel, who ended up marrying her brother.
Monica later fell for Chandler Bing, and the couple got married in the seventh season. They also adopted a set of twins together from a lady named Erica, which was played by another famous guest star, Anna Farris. Eventually, Monica moved out of her signature purple apartment in the city and settled into the suburbs with Chandler to raise their family together.
After the Friend’s finale, Courtney Cox went on to star in the hit ABC series ‘Cougar Town,’ which ran for six seasons until 2015. In 2014, Courtney also found love and got engaged to Johnny McDaid, the guitarist from the Snow Patrol. Although they are not yet married, they are still very much together.
We were also pleased to hear that Courtney Cox is still good friends with her former co-stars from the show. She is in regular contact with Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow, and the three female stars occasionally meet up too. There is a rumor that the cast of the show is looking into bringing Friends back, but they aren’t sure if it will be in the form of a TV show or a movie.
Chandler Bing, played by Matthew Perry, was known for his quirky sense of humor and sarcastic one-liners. We also loved the on-screen bromance between Chandler and his co-star Joey Tribbiani. Joey also ends up living with Chandler, even though he wasn’t so into it at the beginning. Chandler was also famously afraid of commitment at the start of the show. Everything changed, however when he fell for his friend Monica in season five.
Monica and Chandler first got together in London and then started dating in secret. Once they finally let their secret out, though, things proved pretty fast for them, and they got married and adopted twins. By the end of the show, Chandler had transformed from a ‘funny man’ into a ‘funny family man.’
Perry actually has Canadian and American citizenship. For Matthew Perry, once the sitcom came to a close, he had some personal issues to deal with, so he spent some time dealing with these issues after the show. Still, he also managed to focus on his acting, writing and producing career too and starred in some successful movies and sitcoms.
Matthew took the lead as Ted Kennedy in the movie, ‘The Kennedys After Chamelot.’ Some of his other movie credits include ‘The Whole Nine Yards’ and ‘17 Again’. Matthew also starred in some sitcoms, like ‘Mr. Sunshine’, ‘Go On’ and ‘The Odd Couple,’ and was involved in writing and production, and creative side too.
The actor was a serious fan of the video game Fallout. He was cast in Fallout: New Vegas after being on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and gave her a copy of Fallout 3.
Phoebe Buffay, played by Lisa Kudrow, was known for her quirky sense of humor, off-the-wall stories, and unique, hippy style. She worked as a masseuse and often entertained everyone with her guitar. Some of her catchiest hits include ‘Smelly Cat’ and the ‘Hanukah Song.’ While not everyone at the coffee shop enjoyed her music, her friends on the show ended up standing up for her.
Phoebe also had a unique family background, and we were often introduced to new members of her family, like her twin sister and her long-lost brother. Her sister was named Ursula and was Lisa Kudrow with dark hair, and she has the complete opposite personality from Phoebe. Phoebe later found love in the series, and we all watched as she married Mike in a beautiful ceremony.
After Lisa said farewell to Friends, she has managed to continue her successful career. She landed leading roles in some movies, including ‘Neighbors,’ ‘P.S I Love You,’ ‘Easy A,’ and ‘The Girl on the Train.’ She also did some voiceover work for some successful movies like ‘The Boss Baby’ and ‘BoJack Horseman.’ While on Friends, Kudrow was pregnant, and the writers worked it into her storyline as her having triplets as a surrogate for her half-brother.
Lisa also created the Showtime series, ‘Web Therapy,’ and starred in it too. The series ran for four seasons and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Some of her recent roles include playing Sheree on ‘Grace and Frankie’ and playing Lori-Anne Schmidt on ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.’
Joey Tribbinani, played by Matt Le Blanc, entered the series as a struggling actor, who lived with his best friend, Chandler. Still, Joey was handsome and full of Italian charm, so he never struggled to get women. He even had his trademark pick-up-line, ‘How You Doin’?’
While Joey wasn’t the smartest member of the cast, this was also part of his comic appeal and charm and what we all loved about him. He was also obsessed with pizza and meatball sandwiches. Joey had a few love interests throughout the show, including Rachel. While he was into Rachel, the two of them just didn’t have the connection that she and Ross shared. Still, his bromance with Chandler was another element that made everyone warm to Joey’s character.
After Matt Le Blanc left the show, he actually landed his own spin-off series, aptly called ‘Joey.’ While the show was a success at first, it only lasted two seasons. Still, Joey has even made some other successful shows, including Lisa Kudrow’s ‘Web Therapy.’ Matt was married to Melissa McKnight, and the two have a daughter together. However, the couple got divorced back in October 2006.
Matt Le Blanc also starred in the series ‘Episodes’, which ran from 2011 to 2017. He even scored a Golden Globes win for his performance. Since 2012, Matt has also co-hosted and presented the British car show, ‘Top Gear.’
While many famous actors graced the set of Friends throughout the series, some stood out more than others. Paul Rudd entered the show as Mike Hannigan, who later became Phoebe’s love interest. He first met Phoebe season nine, after being set up on a blind date by Joey.
Although the blind date didn’t go to plan, Mike and Phoebe managed to fall for each other anyway. Their relationship developed from there. By the final season of Friends, Phoebe and Mike got married in a beautiful, dramatic, and romantic ceremony outside during a blizzard. Because of the cold, she wore a very fuzzy white coat over her dress. At the wedding, all the central were involved, and Joey officiated, making it even more special.
While Paul Rudd was already a Hollywood actor before the show, after leaving Friends, he continued to star in more comedic roles. Some of his most acclaimed movies include, ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ ‘I Love You Man,’ the ‘Anchorman’ sequel and ‘Being a Wallflower.’
Paul also starred in the series ‘Parks and Recreation’, alongside Chris Pratt. In recent years he has made a name for himself as a successful Marvel star. He featured in ‘Ant-Man,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Ant-Man and the Wasp’, and the ‘Avengers: End Game.’ He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in July of 2015. His star was the 2.554th star to be placed on Hollywood Boulevard. At his star ceremony, he reminisced about being a kid walking down the boulevard reading the names on the stars.
Throughout the show, another recurring and unforgettable guest star was Janice Litman-Goralnik, played by Maggie Wheeler. Janice played Chandler’s on-off love interest in the first few seasons and was well-known for her distinct nasally voice, OTT accent, obnoxiously loud laugh, and signature catchphrase of ‘Oh-My-God.’ During the series, Chandler tried to break up with her multiple times. However, he wasn’t able to, and Phoebe was the one who ended things with her in the end.
Janice then got married, then separated, and tried to get back together with Chandler. He pretended he was moving to Yemen just to get away from her. Of course, that backfired quickly. As the series developed, she became a familiar face and a recurring character on the set. Even after Chandler married Monica, she would shake things up by continually appearing in the most unlikely places, and always enter every scene with her hilarious ‘Oh-My-God’ catchphrase.
Over the next few years, Maggie Wheeler lent her voice to the animated show, ‘Archer,’ playing the part of Trinette McGoon. You can also spot her on a few other hit shows, like ‘Californication,’ ‘Hot in Cleveland’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ Maggie is married to Daniel Borden Wheeler since 1990, and the couple has two children together.
For those shows, Maggie didn’t continue to play the OTT character that she portrayed in Friends. In fact, she later said in an interview why she created Janice’s with such an over-the-top laugh. Maggie explained how she originally “created Janice’s laugh just as a safety measure for when Matthew made me laugh.”
Did you know that Maggie originally auditioned for the role of Monica Geller, but was invited to join the cast with the recurring role of Janice?
Cole Sprouse made an adorable impression on the show, playing Ross and Carol’s son, Ben Gellar. As an infant, Michael Gunderson played Ben Gellar. Charles Thomas and John Christopher Allen had shared the role of Ben since the first season. Cole managed to make a standout impression when he entered the show in season six. He played Ben from season six until eight. Around the same time, he worked on ‘Suite Life of Zach & Cody‘ with his brother.
Cole charmed us all with his gorgeous smile and blonde locks and played the character until season eight. One of his most memorable appearances was in season seven, where Rachel babysits him. Throughout the episode, Rachel ended up teaching him a few pranks, so that she could be ‘Fun Aunt Rachel.’
Since featuring on Friends, Cole Sprouse went on to carve a successful career. He would often take on roles with his identical twin, Dylan, and featured in shows like ‘Grace Under Fire,’ ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’, and the spin-off series, ‘The Suite Life on Deck.’ He and his brother graduated in 2015. Sprouse graduated from New York University and was interested in humanities and archaeology.
In 2015, he returned to the spotlight and landed the role of Jughead on the CW TV series Riverdale. He has proved a popular member of the cast and even won three Teen Choice Awards and a Saturn Award for his performance. Sprouse also has an interest in photography and has had shoot assignments for major publications in New York.
Christina Applegate stepped onto the set in season 9, as Amy Green, one of Rachel’s spoiled sisters. She famously featured in the episode, ‘The One with Rachel’s Other Sister’ where she took Rachel’s daughter to get her ear’s pierced. She proved to be hilarious when she later exclaimed to Rachel, ‘Doesn’t it make her nose look smaller!’
Christina definitely left an impression on the Friend’s set and even won an Emmy for an outstanding guest actress in a comedy. This led her to an even larger career than she started with. After the show, she continued to start in a stream of Hollywood movies, like ‘Hall Pass’, ‘Vacation’ and ‘Bad Moms’, and sitcoms, like ‘Jesse’, ‘Samantha Who?’ and ‘Up All Night’.
Reese Witherspoon also made her own mark, when she starred as Rachel’s other sister Jill Green on season 6 of the show. It seems like Rachel’s sisters couldn’t come around without creating drama. She gave a compelling performance, but then caused a stir when she attempted to date Ross, which was a big no-no and would have crossed the sister-code.
After her cameo appearance on Friends, Reese’s career went from strength to strength. She received international recognition for her roles in movies like the ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and won an Academy Award for ‘Walk the Line.’ She later started her own successful production company and recently co-produced and starred in the drama series ‘Little Big Lies, ’ which is an amazing and intense show that keeps getting renewed.
While Noah Wyle had already shot to stardom on the show E.R, he guest-starred as a dreamy doctor with George Clooney on Friends in season one. In that episode, Rachel attempts to switch identities with Monica to use her medical insurance. They then run into the doctors and go on a double date, and try to keep their identities a secret. After his Friend’s cameo, Noah continued to act in the show ‘ER.’ He also starred in movies like ‘Enough’ and ‘The Californian’s,’ some stage productions, and the sci-fi series ‘Falling Skies.’
Noah Wyle also devotes much time to political advocacy as a member of the Human Rights Watch council and philanthropic efforts through organizations like Doctors of the World. Wyle was also arrested in 2012 for participating in a protest on Capitol Hill to fight against Medicaid cuts, which would have affected older people, and people with disabilities.
George Clooney was another E.R star that joined Noah Wyle as the doctor duo who took Rachel and Monica on a double date in the first season of Friends. After his guest appearance on the show, George managed to cement his status as a Hollywood megastar. George has amassed numerous awards for his work as an actor and filmmaker, including three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards.
Some of his most notable movie hits include the Ocean franchise, Syrian, and Argo. He is currently married to a human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin. They got married in 2014 and since then had twins named Ella and Alexander, who were born on June 6th, 2017. The couple also adopted a rescue dog. This dog was a basset hound, and they ended up naming him Millie.
You may remember Adam Goldberg when from season two, as Chandler’s new roommate, Eddie Menuek. Joey got a recurring role on Days of Our Lives and moves into his own apartment. This meant that Chandler needed a new roommate; that’s where Eddie comes in. As time went on, Eddie and Chandler realized they had nothing in common, and Eddie became a little delusional and paranoid.
Things got a bit weird when Chandler caught Eddie watching him sleep. Before long, the pair fell out, and Joey moved back in. While Adam may have famously fallen out with Chandler in Friends, he continued to be a successful actor, director, producer, and musician. He featured in movies like ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan.’
Winona Ryder made her Friends debut in the show, as Melissa Warburton, Rachel’s sorority sister from college. In season seven, she bumps into Rachel on the street, and Rachel reminisces about how the pair kissed one night in college. However, Melissa reveals that she doesn’t remember it.
So Rachel tries to prove to Phoebe that it did happen and kisses Melissa again. This turned into Melissa thinking Rachel is in love with her, and this is how the famous “nobody can kiss that good and not mean it” came around. While Winona may have left an impression on Rachel, she continued to leave her mark on Hollywood too. She has been nominated for numerous awards and won a Golden Globe for roles in movies like ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee’ and ‘Black Swan.’
In season seven, Gabrielle Union appeared on Friends as the new neighbor, Rachel Lee. She comes in for the episode called ‘The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress‘. In the episode, she ends up agreeing to date both Joey and Ross, without realizing they are friends. When Joey and Ross find out, they pull out all the stops to try and be the one to win her over, but she ends up ditching both of them.
Aside from her appearance on Friends, Gabrielle Union starred in movies like ‘She’s All That,’ ‘10 Things I hate about You’, and ‘Bring It On.’ She continued to gain international acclaim for her roles in movies like ‘Cadillac Records’ and ‘Breaking In,’ and has been nominated as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
Brad Pitt was another memorable guest star on Friends when he played William Colbert, an old friend of Monica and Ross from high school. When he arrives at a guest for Thanksgiving dinner, he reveals that he started the ‘I hate Rachel Green Club’ in school. The episode was even more comical and ironic, as, at that time, Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston (Rachel).
While Brad left an unforgettable impression on the show, he has also made a name for himself as a Hollywood superstar actor and film producer. Brad has received multiple awards for movies like the ‘Ocean’s’ franchise, ‘Fury,’ ‘Allied,’ and ‘The Big Short.’ He has most recently been mentioned because of his divorce with Angelina Jolie.
Cali and Noelle Sheldon were on the show from 2003 to 2004 as Emma Geller-Green, Rachel, and Ross’ daughter on Friends. Ross wanted to name their daughter ‘Isabella’ at the beginning, but Rachel’s cried as she didn’t think that the name matched her baby. She also didn’t like the name Delilah, which was another choice they had. Monica came up with the name ‘Emma’ in the end.
We all remember Emma as the adorable little baby who Rachel took to get her ears pierced without Ross’s permission. Well Emma is all grown up now. Can you believe it’s been over 15 years since the finale?? And Emma is actually two people. So let’s see what Cali and Noelle are up to now.
Cali and Noelle Sheldon are all grown up now and starring in Jordan Peele’s latest nightmare flick. The Sheldon sisters are now 16 and appear as Becca and Lindsey Tyler, the twin daughters of Elisabeth Moss’s character, Kitty. Since their stint on Friends, the girls have landed roles in TV shows and short movies, including the Damian Lewis series Life and the short film Maxwell.
In the end, the movie ‘Us‘ marks their first big break since Friends ended their run. The movie ‘Us‘ is about doppelgangers who attack the people they look most like, and what better role for them to be chosen for. Noelle plays Lindsey Tyler, and Cali plays Becca Tyler. This movie ended up being huge, so you never know where you will see the twins show up next.
Dakota Fanning made her debut on the series as a child star. She famously appeared as Mackenzie in the episode ‘The One With Princess Consuela,’ where Joey tries to stop Monica and Chandler from moving to a new house in the suburbs. Chandler and Monica pretend that she is a ghost living in the house, and try to prank Joey.
When Joey meets Mackenzie, they end up connecting, and she manages to give him some sound advice. Dakota rose to fame as a child star, and after her cameo on Friends, she continued to make an impact. She scored a Screen Actors Guild Award at the age of 8 and starred in major movies like ‘Uptown Girls,’ ‘The Hat In the Cat,’ ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and the ‘Twilight’ saga.
Gary Oldman made his entrance on the show in season seven around the time of Monica and Chandler’s wedding. He plays a famous actor and works with Joey on the set of a new WWII movie. At first, he got a bad impression of Joey because he congratulated him for winning an Oscar that he didn’t win in the end. While the pair rehearse for their movie, Gary’s character has a comical pronunciation problem and keeps spitting on Joey, which leads Joey to reciprocate in a hilarious way.
Gary Oldman was already a seasoned actor and filmmaker, so after his comical role on Friends, continued star in movies. His most recent roles include the ‘Harry Potter’ Series, the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy and ‘The Darkest Hour.’
In season eight of the show, Alec Baldwin had his time in the Friends’ spotlight. He played Phoebe’s boyfriend, Parker, for two episodes and was overly enthusiastic and over-the-top about everything she did. The couple met in the show at the dry cleaners. Soon enough, his character got too much for Phoebe, but the episodes were hilariously entertaining. It went downhill when he was invited to Jack and Judy Geller’s anniversary party by Phoebe. Her friends were sitting around, making fun of Parker.
She got upset at her friends, but Parker got too annoying for her, and she ended up yelling at him to leave. Being a nice and funny guy, he came back to compliment Phoebe on the fight. Alec Baldwin continued to make his mark in the world of entertainment. He famously starred in the series ‘30 Rock’ from 2006 to 2013 with the infamous Tina Fey. Later on, he was also in movies like ‘The Departed’ and the ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise.
Freddie Prinze Junior made his guest appearance in season nine as a male nanny for Ross and Rachel. He played Sandy, who was the first nanny hired to take care of their baby Emma. In the episode, he plays an over-sensitive ‘manny,’ who plays the flute and does puppet shows. He went a bit far and told Ross and Rachel that the toy dinosaurs are not age-appropriate for Emma.
While he bonded with Rachel, Ross is uncomfortable with the idea of a male nanny. While Freddie may not have won Ross over on Friends, he continued to win over plenty of audiences in the ‘Scooby-Doo’ franchise and had a recurring role on TV shows like ‘Boston Legal,’ ‘Freddie,’ and ‘24’.
In season 3 of the show, Christine Taylor made her guest appearance as Ross’s date, Bonnie. Bonnie was Phoebe’s older bald friend, and she set her up with Ross in ‘The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion.’ After a few episodes, though, Rachel realizes that she still has feelings for Ross and tells him she wants to get back together. Rachel actually convinced Bonnie to shave her head again so that Ross wouldn’t find her attractive, so his relationship with Bonnie didn’t last too long.
Christine was famously known as Marcia Brady in the ‘Brady Bunch Movie’, and she has continued to carve a successful acting career for herself. One of her most impressive recent roles has been playing Sally Sitwell on ‘Arrested Development’.
In the ninth season of Friends, Dermot Mulroney enters the set as Gavin Mitchell. He famously played Rachel’s boss in the episode. ‘The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work’, and the pair become romantically involved. However, when Ross sees the couple kiss, it causes some tension between him and Rachel.
Aside from being Rachel’s love interest on the show, Dermot Mulroney is best known for his iconic roles in movies like ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’, and ‘How to Make An American Quilt’. Later on, he shows up NBC’s Crisis, and even in Showtime’s Shameless. Mulroney was married twice. He has a son named Clyde from his first marriage, who is actually a singer. He had two daughters Mabel and Sally with his current wife, Tharita Catulle.
Susan Sarandon made her own mark as a guest star in season seven of the show. She played the actress, Jessica Lockhart who was starring with Joey on the set of ‘Days of Our Lives’. In the episode, Joey’s character was in a coma, and Jessica dies and her brain is given to Joey’s character so he can live.
Her character on Friends, Cecilia Monroe, hooked up with Joey. Rachel and Monica weren’t happy because they thought it would be Days of Our Lives, and her character takes a role in Mexico. Susan Sarandon continued to establish herself as one of Hollywood’s leading actresses and has scored nine Golden Globes for her roles. After Friends, she featured in movies like ‘Enchanted’ and ‘A Bad Mom’s Christmas.’
In season nine of the show, John Stamos appeared in the episode, ‘The One with the Donor,’ as Chandler’s co-worker. During the episode, Chandler invites him over for an awkward dinner with Monica, to ask him to be a sperm donor. He finds out on the show that Chandler can’t get her pregnant.
After his awkward dinner party on Friends, John Stamos landed some less awkward roles. He starred in the drama ER from 2005 and is now the executive producer of Fuller House. Even before the show Friends, he was famous for playing Uncle Jesse on the show Full House. Fuller House is the reboot of Full House, which includes almost all of the original cast besides for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
In season ten, Jennifer Coolidge had her time in the Friends-zone, when she guest-starred as an annoying older lady who used to live in the building. While her name sounded exaggerated as Amanda Buffamonteezi, she also had an over-exaggerated fake British accent and tried to be something she’s not. She also claimed she slept with Evel Knievel. Phoebe and Monica can’t really stand being around her, but end up going out for coffee in the episode.
While Jennifer wasn’t so good at making friends on the show, she managed to win the approval of plenty of fans throughout her career. She’s best known for playing Stifler’s mom in the ‘American Pie’ Franchise, and Paulette in ‘Legally Blonde.’ Jennifer also starred in the sitcom ‘2 Broke Girls’.
In arguably one of the best Friend’s cameos ever, Danny Devito turned up to Phoebe’s bachelorette party in the episode, ‘The One Where the Stripper Cries.’ In the episode, Danny played a defeated stripper named Roy and was not anything like the girls were expecting. His character is a 50-year-old man who is delusional about his appearance. Phoebe insults Roy after they refuse to pay, and he ends up crying.
While Danny didn’t manage to get his groove on for Phoebe’s bachelorette, he did continue to find his groove in Hollywood. Danny was already best known for movies like ‘Twins’ and ‘Batman Returns.’ He also founded his own production company, which was behind movies like ‘Pulp Fiction,’ and ‘Erin Brockovich.’ Danny’s latest release is also ‘Dumbo.’
Julia made a legendary entrance in season two, during the episode ‘The One After the Superbowl.’ She plays Susie “Underpants” Moss, who is Chandler’s former classmate who he used to tease in school. Chandler pulled up her skirt while she was on stage, showing everyone her underwear. When he runs into her, she agrees to go on a date, but it soon turns into a revenge date rather than a romantic liaison. The episode ended with him alone in the bathroom wearing nothing but her panties.
Aside from getting her revenge on Chandler, Julia continued to charm fans with her winning smile. While she had already broken out as a star in movies like ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Sleeping with the Enemy,’ Julia continued to wow us all in movies like ‘Notting Hill,’ ‘Ocean’s 11’, ‘Eat Pray Love’ and ‘Wonder.’
Jean Claude Van Damme got his time to shine in the same episode as Julia Roberts. He appears as himself in the series, and when Monica and Rachel spot him in the street, they are star-struck. When Rachel tries to talk to him to see if he wants to go out with Monica, he ends up asking Rachel out. Rachel started a fight with him and told him that Monica wanted a threesome with him and Drew Barrymore to get him to date Monica instead.
When Monica found out, she then broke up with him. Understandably, this causes some friction between the friends, but it’s a TV show, so they worked it out.
Why Jean Claude caused a stir on the set of Friends, he also continued to cause a stir in the movie industry. He’s known for his martial action films and his most recent projects have been ‘The Expendables 2’, ‘Dragon Eyes’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda’.
In season nine of the show, Selma Blair appeared as Chandler’s co-worker Wendy in the episode, ‘The One with Christmas in Tulsa’. After Chandler is forced to work on Christmas, he tells most of his workers to go home, but Wendy ends up staying and tries to seduce him. This forces Chandler to make a big decision about his job in Tulsa.
Selma Blair had already shot to fame in movies like ‘Cruel Intentions’ and ’Legally Blonde’, and continued to gain international recognition for films like ‘Dark Horse’, ‘Ordinary World’ and ‘Mom and Dad’.
Blair was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October 2018. She was always experiencing different symptoms for years, but she just thought it was minor illnesses or a pinched nerve. When she broke the news on Instagram of her diagnosis, she thanked her costume designer Allisa Swanson, stating she “gets my legs in the pants, pulls my tops over my head, and buttons my coats.”
Bruce Willis made his mark on Friends in season six, as Paul Stevens. Ross is dating his daughter, Elizabeth, and he is just meeting her father. Ross does everything he can to get on his good side, but none of it seemed to work. Rachel ends up going out with him, making things very awkward for Ross. She thought he wasn’t opening up enough, so he started crying, which led to a fight. He and Rachel made up, but after some passionate time together, he started crying again. Rachel broke up with him.
Bruce Willis was best known for his roles in action movies but showed he had a more sensitive side in Friends too. He continued to showcase his acting talents in movies like ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘The Expendables’, ‘Unbreakable,’ and his most recent project is ‘Glass.’
Who can forget Ross’ ex-wife and the mother of his son, Ben? “She was in love with her husband, and then she fell in love with a woman. She wasn’t any kind of stereotype. She was just a woman who fully loved,” said Sibbett of the character Carol. You can see Sibbet on the episode called “The One with the Lesbian Wedding”. Carol’s parents refuse to come to the wedding, causing Carol to get cold feet. Temporary cold feet, as Ross then comes to the rescue and saves the wedding.
Sibbett was offered the role soon after giving birth to her real-life son. “It was quite an intense labor, and I literally had just come home,” she said. But watching the pilot convinced her to take the role. And she must be glad that she did!
“I saw David Schwimmer do the most incredible take,” Sibbett said. “I’d never seen anybody do comedy like that. He literally took the longest take with his comedy. I just thought, oh my goodness, I have to work with this man. He is brilliant.”
Sibbett recalls being touched by Schwimmer’s performance in an early scene they shared in the episode called “The One With the Candy Hearts.” As she recalled: “It was the sweetest, sweetest scene, and we had to kiss. It was so emotional, and he made me cry. My eyes welled with tears as we were doing the scene because he was so tender and so loving and just ‘Can we make this work again?’ You know, when you’re in it, the acting kind of dissolves away.”
Hecht played Ross’ ex-wife Carol’s longtime partner. Hecht joined the cast early on, first appearing in the series’ second episode. Susan and Carol started dating when she found out that Carol was pregnant. They decided that they wanted to raise Ross and Carol’s baby together. There was a lot of drama surrounding this, but it all seemed to work out in the end.
Hecht said that she really loved playing a gay character on the show. “And also, she’s kind of just a great, funny person. I think she was self-realized in a way that not a lot of people are.” She added she loved Susan’s line when Ross is looking at the bookshelves, and he says, ‘Wow, you got a lot of books about lesbians.’ Susan says, ‘Well, they make you read a lot of books. Otherwise, they don’t let you do it.’
Hecht loved working on the set of ‘Friends’ as nobody was famous yet, so everybody was super nice. Hecht went on to play the character of Gretchen Schwartz on ‘Breaking Bad.’ She said she had the same experience with ‘Breaking Bad.’ She also made appearances in shows like ‘Lois & Clark,’ ‘ER,’ ‘Law & Order,’ ‘Bored to Death’ and ‘The Good Wife.’
About working with David Schwimmer, she said: “I loved working with David. He’s really smart about bits. Like, he understood how to make all the funny stuff funnier, and how to set it up.”
Hecht married film director Adam Bernstein back in 1995. The couple has two children named Stella and Carlo Bernstein. She mentioned that she was raised in a more secular household and that she is now following Reconstructionist Judaism.
Ross’ season two girlfriend, Julie, arrived just as Rachel was ready to tell Ross that she also had feelings for him. Everyone was so invested in Ross’ increasing infatuation with Rachel that Lauren Tom’s appearance on the show was seen with anger, regardless of how nice she was.
“I wasn’t prepared for the amount of venom I was about to receive in a live audience where they actually booed my character,” Lauren said. “And, of course, I was trying very hard not to get my feelings hurt. So I had to get used to that. But I did understand intellectually that, you know, the audience was meant to be rooting for Rachel. Even I was rooting for Rachel, on some level, ’cause I was a fan of the show.”
Lauren Tom says that she still gets recognized about five times a week! Whether it’s someone on the street, or just when she’s out, people will come up to her and say, ‘Were you on ‘Friends’?” Tom said she’s glad the show still holds up.
Tom has been in the TV series ‘Andi Mack’ and ‘The Loud House.’ In 2018, she won BTVA Television Voice Acting Award for the Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series ‘Samurai Jack.’ She was in a few more popular things like ‘Supernatural,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Napoleon Dynamite’, and even ‘Phineas and Ferb.’
Tom got married to Glenn Lau-Kee on October 23rd, 1982. They got divorced shortly after, and she married Curt Kaplan in October 1999. They have two sons named Oliver and Leo Kaplan.
Remember Barry? He was Rachel’s rejected fiancé from the pilot who later created a love triangle between Rachel and her friend Mindy. “If Rachel didn’t leave me at the altar, can I say there would be no show?” Whitfield joked of the scenario.
Believe it or not, Whitfield was originally considered for the role of Ross. He said the one scene that still stands out for him was the intimate moment Barry shared with Rachel in his dentist chair in season one. In this episode, Rachel sees that he might have changed and even thought about trying to get him back, but she realized shes just not in love with him. If you ask me, his makeover was pretty darn good.
“People still stop me about ‘Friends’ and Barry,” Whitfield said. They say, ‘Oh, you’re the jerk on ‘Friends.’ But he says he didn’t think he was that bad of a guy. But when he looks, he says yeah, maybe he was a little bit of a jerk.
“But let’s just call him misunderstood and still looking for love in all the wrong places,” he said, joking around. Whitfield went on to do a number of television series, including the voice of Fixit on ‘Transformers: Robots in Disguise,’ Humpty Dumpty in ‘Goldie and Bear,’ and Boo in ‘Sofia the First.’ The more famous shows that he appeared on are ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and he was Becky’s fiancé in ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’
I think most of us loved Monica’s sophisticated older boyfriend, Dr. Richard Burke. Am I right? He definitely charmed all the viewers, not just because he was suave and handsome, but because he was the legendary Tom Selleck! He was Jack Geller’s best friend in the show until he catered an event in Monica’s apartment. In the show, he is 21 years older than her, and he shows up in ‘The One with Barry and Mindy’s Wedding.’
Other than his many film and television appearances in the past, Selleck has most recently starred in the show ‘Blue Bloods.’ For the past nine years, he played Frank Regan. And guess what – he’s still rocking the mustache! Selleck has been married to Jillie Mack for 32 years. They got married on August 7th, 1987. Their daughter, Hannah Margaret, is 30 years old.
Who can forget our dear friend Paolo? Paolo and Rachel hooked up in the episode ‘The One with the Blackout.’ When they started dating, Ross got jealous. He was inappropriate towards Phoebe, so Rachel dumped him. You see him one more time with Rachel in ‘The One with Ross’s New Girlfriend.’
While Ross was less charmed by Paolo’s charisma than Rachel was (and many women watching), Fusco had a lot of praise for David Schwimmer as an actor. He loved working with Schwimmer. Here’s a fun fact: he improvised almost all of Paolo’s Italian lines, including the moment when Rachel and Paolo were looking up at the stars. But what did we know? We were entranced in the magic of the moment.
Hank Azaria played David, who we also knew as David the Scientist Guy. He was one of the more lovable and quirky ex-boyfriends of Phoebe. He was also her first serious love interest on the show. Their romance ended, though, when David had to go to Minsk to work. You still see him later on in the show. He comes back seven years later to New York but doesn’t tell Phoebe how he feels as it would have been harder to leave.
He then comes back when she’s dating Mike and kisses her, which causes her and Mike to break up. Later on in ‘The One in Barbados- Part 1’, he proposes to Phoebe, but she turns him down for Mike.
His lack of fluency in speaking characterized David’s dialogues – stutters and ‘um’s often punctuated his lines. It’s something Chandler brings up to Monica in the same episode that Phoebe turns down his proposal.
“Sex and the City” had just finished its third season when Kristin Davis appeared on ‘Friends’ as Erin. She was a woman that Rachel and Phoebe were eager for Joey to date – more than he ever was. Joey wanted the girls to tell her that he didn’t want to date her, but they didn’t want to hurt her feelings. She ended up wanting to break it off with Joey but also asked the girls to do it for her.
Davis said that ‘Sex and the City’ was in production, but she was nervous about being the “tiny character” of Erin, losing sleep because of the live audience. While we loved her small part on the show, she’ll always be remembered as Charlotte on SATC.
Ben Stiller guest-starred as Rachel’s date, Tommy. Remember him? He was the guy with a serious anger problem and a tendency to scream at the top of his lungs. They would call him ‘The Screamer’, and he appeared in the episode named after him called ‘The One with the Screamer’. He kept his cool until Chandler’s pet chicken peed on his hand, and he lost it in front of everyone. To be fair, Chandler’s pet duck was making a lot of noise, as well.
It got awkward by the end of the episode, where Ross basically told him off. Funnily enough, Stiller and Aniston starred together in the movie ‘Along Came Polly’ in 2004 about two newlyweds who fall into a dilemma when Stiller falls in love with an old classmate (Aniston).
Jon Favreau played Pete Becker for six episodes in Season 3. He was the love interest of Monica’s, who was richer than rich. He tipped Monica $20,000 in ‘The One with the Hypnosis Tape.’ He then proceeded to take her all the way to Rome for a date. But their relationship dissipated after Pete chooses to put all his efforts into becoming a martial arts champion, despite his lack of skills.
They say that this character was supposed to be “a Bill Gates billionaire genius scientist-type,” which was Monica’s type. It took them a while to cast him as they wanted someone who everyone would be routing for, but not someone where we would think Monica is crazy for not wanting him. We all know and love Favreau for his comedies, not just as an actor but as a writer, director, and producer. The talented gentlemen are behind the films ‘Chef,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Swingers,’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ to name a few.
Yes, Oscar winners graced the ‘Friends’ set too. Two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn played Ursula Buffay’s fiancé, Eric, during the 8th season. When Phoebe learned that her sister told her soon-to-be husband lies about herself, Phoebe had to tell him the truth. The two tried dating, but he couldn’t look at Phoebe without seeing Ursula.
Eric got over that the two looked alike, Phoebe went to work and came back to find Eric and Ursula slept together, and he thought she was Phoebe. This was too weird for her, and that was the end of his appearance on ‘Friends.’ Sean Penn is another actor who seems to do more behind the scenes than in front. He’s a director and producer as well as an actor. He’s currently filming an upcoming movie called ‘Flag Day.’
In the 2nd season, we, along with the gang, found out that Phoebe was once married! And not just that – she was married to a gay Canadian ice dancer (played by Steve Zahn), which was an arrangement to help him get U.S. citizenship.
But we saw how when Phoebe goes to visit him thinking that he was gay, but he told her he realizes now he is straight and he needed an official divorce from her so he can get married to another woman. Zahn has been in a bunch of movies, but his latest was ‘War for the Planet of the Apes.’ At first, I couldn’t place this, but he played Ronnie LaFontaine on Modern Family. He is the husband in the family who moved next door to the Dunphy’s with a boat in their driveway.
In the episode called ‘The One Where Rosita Dies,’ Phoebe got a job at a call center. It turned into a suicide prevention lifeline when she met a potential client who tells her that he’s planning to take his own life.
Alexander played Earl, who we know best George Costanza from ‘Seinfeld.’ Jason Alexander is his stage name, and his real name is Jay Scott Greenspan. Back in the day, he actually played the Prince’s right-hand man in the version of ‘Cinderella’ starring Brandi.
Alexander married Daena E. Title back in May of 1982, and they have to sons together, Gabriel and Noah.
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In the Season 2 episode called “The One with the Chicken Pox,” Charlie Sheen plays Phoebe’s lover. He was a member of the U.S. Navy and returned to NYC for a two-week stay with Pheobe. He was so excited to see her, but he noticed right away that she was using a scarf and trying to hide the chickenpox from him. He didn’t care about that, though. He wanted to be with her so much that they spent the rest of the time suffering from chickenpox together.
Sheen has been no stranger to the tabloids in the last few years, as you may have heard. However, he has recently spoken about his choice to be sober and admitted to making a lot of mistakes in the past.
Before becoming hugely famous for his role as Dr. House, Hugh Laurie had a small, yet hilarious, role in the season four episode called “The One with Ross’ Wedding: Part Two.” He was credited as the Gentleman on the Plane. Laurie sat next to Rachel on her flight to London, which was her plan to stop Ross from marrying Emily.
Rachel ended up telling the person across the aisle the entire story, but Laurie heard her over his headphones and just had to interject. He called her out for being a horrible person and even said the infamous words, “you were on a break.”
Laurie has been married to his with, Jo Green, since June 16th, 1989. The happy couple has three children together, Charles, William, and Rebecca.
Jon Lovitz appeared on the show twice in Seasons 1 and 9. In Season 1, he played Steve, the man who was opening a new restaurant. Monica invited him over to impress him with her cooking skills, but he came high and without any respect or patience. It was very funny, but Phoebe gets her revenge on him for acting like that. She gave him a very painful massage at the end of the episode.
But in Season 9, Lovitz came back as Steve, yet again, but this time he was set up on a blind date with Rachel. If you remember, it was an unfortunate date that ended up in him, wallowing in his own tears. This was really all part of Phoebe’s secret plan to get Rachel and Ross back together.
On more than one occasion, Morgan Fairchild and Kathleen Turner played Chandler’s parents, Nora Tyler Bing and Charles Bing. The two are divorced, and their interactions are hilarious.
Chandler’s mother, Nora Tyler Bing, first appeared in ‘The One with Mrs. Bing’, where she is in New York on a book tour. She also comes onto Ross in this episode. Chandler’s father, Charles Bing, shows up a bit later on in the show. His drag name is Helena Handbasket, and we find this out when Monica drags Chandler to his burlesque show in Vegas.
Funnily enough, Turner plays Chandler’s shameless drag queen father, even though she’s a woman in real life. She did, however, pull off the deep voice perfectly. She even made you question whether or not an actual man played her!
We kept hearing about the father that abandoned Phoebe’s family for the first five seasons, but we couldn’t put a face to the name. We finally got to meet Frank Buffay Sr. who was played by Bob Babalon. It was when her grandmother dies in the episode “The One with Joey’s Bag.” He shows up at the funeral looking for his late wife and defended himself for not being there for Phoebe and Ursula. He claims he was a lousy father and he sings a lullaby song which sounds scarily familiar to Phoebe’s ‘Smelly Cat’.
He’s most famous for his role as Morris Weissman on ‘Gosford Park.’ He’s also in a number of television series, including ‘Condor,’ ‘Wormwood,’ and ‘Show Me a Hero.’
In the Season 9 episode called ‘The One with the Mugging,’ we got to see some pretty funny scenes with Jeff Goldblum and Joey. Goldblum played a legendary director by the name of Leonard Hayes, and Joey was more than just nervous at his audition.
Joey nailed his audition for Leonard’s project, but it wasn’t for his amazing acting – it was due to his tortured disposition which was caused by Joey’s full bladder. Joey realized this and made sure to drink extra before shooting his scenes, where Leonard told him to ‘just relax’ and he wet his pants on the spot.
Goldblum is currently married to Emilie Livingston, and they have two children together. The couple has been married since November 8th, 2014.
Our beloved Dr. Meredith Grey even appeared on one of TV’s greatest sitcoms. In season 10, Ellen Pompeo made an appearance as Missy Goldberg, a girl that Ross and Chandler both fancied in high school. It was the episode about the high school reunion. At their high school reunion, Ross confessed to her that he didn’t ask her out because he and Chandler had a pact which meant he couldn’t. Then she tells him, “Me and Chandler used to make out…a lot.”
Pompeo is still a big star, and is still starring in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. She might not be with McDreamy anymore, but everyone still gets hooked on each new episode that comes out. They even recently had her first patient ever come back on to the show.
As Ross’s son Ben was about to be born, and everyone gathers in the hospital in the 1st season finale, Joey finds himself helping a single pregnant woman named Lydia, who is played by Remini. Joey saw that no one was there to be with her while she’s in labor, so he hung around and helped her through childbirth before going to check on Carol and Ross. What a sweet guy, right?
Leah Remini went on to become a star when she starred in the funny sitcom ‘King of Queens’ alongside Kevin James. She also made a name for herself after leaving Scientology and making her own documentary series. Remini actually originally auditioned for the role of Monica, and of course, didn’t get it, but they liked her so much that they made sure to bring her back.
Isabella Rosellini guest-starred as herself on the show. Ross regretted taking the “Blue Velvet” star off his list of celebrities that he’s allowed to sleep with when she randomly walks into the coffee shop one day. He had just switched her out for Winona Ryder, claiming that she is international so there isn’t as much of a chance to run into her. Rachel lets him try to pursue her anyways, mostly because she wants to see him get shot down. After this, she isn’t seen again on the show.
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. She’s now 67 years old. She’s most famous for her role in the movie ‘Blue Velvet’ from the year 1986.
Throughout the 10th season, Anna Faris plays Erica, the woman who chose to give up her baby (which we later discovered to be twins) to Monica and Chandler. Erica was definitely not the brightest crayon in the box if you remember. She airs in ‘The One with the Birth Mother’ and ‘The One Where Joey Speaks French’, and finally gives birth to Jack and Erica bing in the last episode.
Anna Kay Faris is not just an actress, but also a voice artist, producer, podcaster, and author. She’s famous for her roles in ‘Scary Movie,’ ‘The House Bunny,’ and other comedies. She also plays the lead role in the sitcom ‘Mom’. The show is about her and her mother, and their group of friends going through life as recovering alcoholics.
The legendary actor starred as himself in his appearance on the show. It was the episode where Joey uses the shower in Heston’s dressing room. Joey tried to explain he’s only in his shower because he smelled bad from a day of fishing. However, he thought Joey meant his acting sucked and gave him a long empowering speech about his skills. He also warned him to never, ever use his shower again no matter how much he thinks he stinks.
Heston passed away in 2008. He was an actor and political activist. He appeared in almost 100 films over 60 years. He played Moses in ‘The Ten Commandments,’ for which he received his first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.
Monica’s beau from the first two seasons turned out to be dull when he stops drinking. When he was drinking, he was known as ‘Fun Bobby.’ Monica tried to get him to drink on their dates, so it would be more fun, but she ended up drinking on dates to be able to sit through his stories. He ended up breaking up with her. “He was sort of the opposite of what his name promised,” Ventresca said the character. When Ventresca arrived, the show wasn’t that big of a deal yet.
But it was doing pretty well and growing an audience. He said, “I just remember how the energy on the set was. They felt like they were friends. They were a team. And man, it was really cool to just sort of be in that for one night.” When he returned the following year, the show’s popularity had really blown up.
The award-winning ‘Mad About You’ actress played her character, Jamie Buchman, on a Season 1 episode where she mistakes Phoebe for her twin sister Ursula in Central Perk after randomly stopping in. It was a fun moment for ‘Mad About You’ fans. Also, Leila Kenzle cameoed in the episode along with Helen Hunt.
Hunt has been in a bunch of movies. She’s best known for her roles in ‘Twister,’ ‘As Good as it Gets,’ ‘Castaway,’ and ‘What Women Want’ to name a few. Hunt was married once and had a daughter of her own and stepson from a different relationship. Her daughter’s name is Makena Lei, and she was born in May 2004. Her stepson is Emmett, son of Matthew Carnahan.
Remember the moment when Amy (Christina Applegate) kept saying Phoebe’s name wrong? The line was actually written while filming the scene. Applegate said how that hilarious moment was rewritten in front of the live studio audience.
Amy kept calling Phoebe by some other name, and Phoebe kept trying to correct her saying “Phoebe!” Then Amy said, “Why does she keep making that noise?” It was a truly awesome addition to the script!
Did you know that Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin also auditioned for the part of Phoebe? Of course, they didn’t get it, but they did become good friends. Chandler also almost wasn’t on the show, as he filmed a pilot for another show at the exact same time called ‘LAX 2194’. That show didn’t get picked up, so he was able to go with ‘Friends’.
While on a break from filming an episode of ‘ER,’ both Kristin Davis and George Clooney visited the ‘Friends’ set and watched the cast rehearse an episode. It was “The One With All the Poker.” This episode is the 18th from the first season and originally aired on March 2nd, 1995. This was the episode where Rachel didn’t proofread her resumes before an interview for an ‘assistant buyer.’ This is a fancier title for an in-store personal shopper.
Kristin said about that day, “I remember being blown away by their confidence level and their synergy as a group.” It just makes us wish we were able to be in the audience and catch the chemistry live before our eyes too!