Wednesday 21 March 2018

Friends reunion – 6 things we learned

The Friends cast - minus Matthew Perry - on NBC
The Friends cast - minus Matthew Perry - on NBC
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The highly anticipated Friends reunion (minus Matthew Perry), as part of the James Burrows tribute, aired last night on NBC. Here are 6 things we learned...

Aniston could have been Monica and Courteney could have been Rachel

They each read for the opposite roles initially.  "I think we both just thought that the other was better for the other part," said Aniston.

The contract about not sleeping together is probably just a rumour...

Probably.  Host Andy Cohen asked the quintet whether or not they really were asked to sign a contract which stipulated that they must not sleep together but they all stayed schtum apart from Kudrow who said, "I was not asked to sign anything like that."  Perhaps she was the only one?  The others were not willing to say.

The girls at the same lunch every day for ten years

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow at the same meal together for lunch every day while on set.  Courteney revealed it was a healthy-sounding Cobb salad which they called the 'Jennifer' salad because she added turkey bacon and garbanzo beans.

They were actually really Friends

The show creators wanted the actors to bond in real life so that their chemistry would translate on screen.  Aniston said it wasn't hard, "We fell in love with each other and wanted to hang out."  The show was filmed in LA and for the first year they all watched the weekly episode together at each other's apartments.  Kudrow revealed that Courteney encouraged them to help each other out on set too, like they did on Seinfeld.

Kudrow had to audition twice to play Phoebe

During the course of the interview, Kudrow learned that she had been the only cast member who had to audition twice. "I had to come in and audition for Jimmy" she revealed, although the others did not have to do the same thing.  She did not seem perturbed however and thanked Burrows for casting her.

Things just aren't the same without Chandler

As engaging as the five were during the reunion interview, it definitely felt like a limb was missing without Matthew Perry, who was busy in London rehearsing his play, The end of Longing. 

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