Jennifer Aniston recently reunited with the rest of her “Friends” co-stars to talk about the actors’ experience on the hit comedy, as well as some behind-the-scenes gossip.
The “Friends” reunion premiered on May 27 on HBO Max. The 104-minute special included interviews with the cast today, clips from the show, table reads of important scenes, and lots of questions about what really went on when the cameras were off.
Secrets From the “Friends” Reunion
James Corden interviewed the cast of six about their experiences and memories from the show.
The biggest bombshell Aniston dropped was about David Schwimmer, who played her on-screen love interest, Ross. The two had an on-again, off-again relationship for most of the show’s ten season run.
Aniston revealed to the audience that she and Schwimmer actually had real-life crushes on each other from the first season of the show. When the two insisted they never acted on their crushes, Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey, coughed “bullshit”.
LeBlanc quickly explained he was joking, but some in the audience remained unconvinced.
However, Aniston and Schwimmer insisted their first kiss on-screen was their real-life first kiss. As the actors explained, they didn’t feel they could explore a relationship offscreen. A real-life romance would have affected their characters and relationship on the show.
Aniston added, “we just channeled all our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel”.
It turns out their secret crushes were less secret than previously thought. Both Aniston and Schwimmer wondered aloud how no one else in the cast had figured out their attraction.
At that point, both Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry jumped in to say that everyone knew. Ross and Rachel kept their romance strictly on-set, though.
Other moments covered in the special include accidents like LeBlanc dislocating his shoulder during a scene. Cox also revealed that she had a lot of trouble remembering lines, and would hide scripts all around the set.
In the “Friends” reunion, it’s clear most of the cast has remained good friends in real life. Aniston frequently meets up with Cox and Lisa Kudrow, and the three have plenty of photos together on their social media accounts at each others’ houses.
The Future of “Friends”
The cast also speculated on what their characters are doing now at their age.
Aniston said to Schwimmer, “I think we ended up getting married, we had some kids, and you’re still playing with bones.” The six friends also agreed that there would be no new episode or “Friends” special any time soon.
The creators, along with the cast, believe that every character on the show got a nice resolution to their story arc.
As Kudrow said, “everyone’s lives are very nice, and they would have to unravel all those good things for there to be stories. I don’t want anyone’s happy ending unraveled.”