It has been more than two decades since Friends ended, anonymous actors have a solid step to fame in the tinsel town. How did Friends cast lives change after filming?
Since 10 seasons of Friends, all six main characters have shot up into Hollywood’s famous A-list stars. The Friends actors have overcome the big shadow of the hit series, by participating in countless other famous works and the love story that attracts the press.
David Schwimmer (Ross Geller)
Few people know that the silly Ross once almost rejected Friends, but was convinced to know that the producers write Ross characters based on David himself in real life. And luckily, the role of Ross is one of David Schwimmer’s lifetime roles.
After 20 years, David Schwimmer is still one of Hollywood’s famous actors as he has participated in many famous films, voicing the character of the giraffe Melman in the Madagascar animated film. Also, he has been focusing on Broadway musical and involved in other series such as Band of Brother, Web Therapy.
In 2010, David got married to Zoe Buckman, a talented artist who is 19 years younger than David Schwimmer. Zoe is a famous British photographer and producer. The two welcomed a little girl in 2011.
Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green)
The beautiful appearance of Jennifer has impressed the audience from the beginning of the broadcast. Rachel’s fashion style, hairstyle, makeup were the role models for many girls at the time. Rachel Green, an honorable young lady typical of an independent woman, does not want to depend on the family finance.
When Friends ended, Jennifer Aniston repeatedly took part in hit movies and shot to the top of the sought-after A star in Hollywood. Jennifer constantly starred and received an excessively high remuneration. It is no exaggeration to say that the role of Rachel is a milestone in Jennifer’s career. Since Friends, Jennifer Aniston has penned a lovable name, American Sweetheart.
However, while her career took off, Jennifer’s love life seemed so futile afterward. Rachel Green held a fairytale wedding with actor Brad Pitt but divorced in 2005. The reason was allegedly attributed to the appearance of Angelina Jolie. After breaking up with Brad Pitt, Jennifer experienced a few love but soon broke up. Typically, John Mayer, the guy broke up with Jennifer with just a phone message. But In 2015, Jennifer became the wife of handsome actor Justin Theroux.
Unfortunately, the two got divorced just after 3 years of marriage but still remain best of friends.
It appears that 2019 is a successful year to Aniston since she was awarded People’s Choice Award for People’s Icon and her The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon received a rain of compliments from both critics and audiences. As they say, an old flame always shows up in your life announced. Lately, rumors say that there’s a high chance that Brad Pitt and Jennifer are getting back together.
Courteney Cox (Monica Geller)
Courteney starred as Monica Geller, Rachel’s roommate, and Ross’s younger sister. Courteney is a great friend who helped Rachel lead an independent life as well as an extremely thoughtful sister, solving many emotional problems for Ross. Monica may be Friends ‘ most beloved character, all thanks to Courteney Cox’s great acting talent.
Since the success of Friends, Courteney continued to participate in the Scream horror series, which is one of the best horror movies of all time and achieved great success. Her performance partly helped to revive the horror genre into the 1990s which were considered almost dead.
Besides, Courteney Cox also tried as other roles such as a producer and director. She was the director of the Cougar Town series, the film that brought the first Golden Globe nomination in the career of the beautiful actress.
Just like her best friend Jennifer Aniston, on the contrary, to her successful career, the love of Courteney also met many obstacles. In 1999, Courteney was in love with David Arquette. However, in 2004, when the couple’s daughter was born, Courteney Cox suffered from postpartum depression, since the couple had become increasingly conflicting.
On 11/10/2010, David announced that the couple had separated. In 2013, the couple opens a press release saying they were divorced after 14 years of marriage. In June 2014, Courteney announced she was engaged to a 13-year-old younger Johnny McDaid after only 6 months of dating. However, in December 2015, the couple broke up. It is known that Courteney and Johnny were matched by red-haired singer Ed Sheeran.
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay)
Lisa’s role in Friends is the eccentric but kind-hearted Phoebe Buffay. Phoebe was a masseuse at a salon, but her personality was odd, due to the influence of her mother’s suicide when she was young. The role of Phoebe Buffay brought great fame to Lisa, making her, along with Courteney and Jennifer, one of the highest-paid female stars of all time ($1 million/episode in season 10).
Lisa Kudrow is probably the luckiest star in Friends cast, having both a successful career and a happy relationship. After Friends, Lisa continuously participated in hit films such as the Web Therapy series (along with Courteney Cox and David Schwimmer). She was a co-founder, screenwriter, and director of the production, as a guest actor in many famous movies. In 2017, Lisa returned to the cinema with the voice of the character “Mother” in the hit animated film The Boss Baby.
Concerning about love life, Lisa Kudrow has a romance with Michel Stern, a French advertising executive. The two had a son together in 1998. Regarding her private life, when she turned 50 years old, Lisa did not hesitate to disclose to the press about her nose job at age 16: “I went from loathing it to be brave to face it “- Lisa shared.
Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani)
It seems that Matt LeBlanc’s role in Friends is a true version of his career before coming to the hit show when he was an unnamed actor with no love and struggles in the process of finding a job with admirable optimism. Joey – a cheerful and humorous guy with a warm and kind heart is probably the main character with the least scenes in Friends, but Matt’s sweet way of acting has made the character impressed.
After the Friends series, Matt continued to return to the Friends spin-off. This time the series focused on the career and love of Joey’s character. This film did not receive the support of the audience and it took 5 years for Matt LeBlanc to return in the Episodes series to play the role himself.
The ladies’ man also became the boyfriend of Lucy Liu in the Charlie Angel series. Matt’s acting career has slowed down since 2010 when we haven’t seen him appearing much on television or movies. In 2016, Matt returned to the sitcom series Man With a Plan.
Matt LeBlanc tied the knot with supermodel Melissa McKnight. However, the actor also admitted the affair with a stripper during a motorbike tour in June 2005. Therefore, Matt and Melissa broke up on January 1, 2006. Around the same time, the actor was spotted hanging out with actress Andrea Anders. The divorce of Matt and his ex-wife ended in October 2006 when the love affair between the handsome actor and his co-star also ended in 2015.
Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing)
Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing is probably the most complicated character in Friends cast when his mother is a writer of love novelist who specializes in sex topics and his father is a transsexual woman working at a club in Las Vegas. Chandler has the most distinguished careers in the group, moving from an employee in the field of statistical science and data reconstruction structure of a multinational firm into an amateur copywriter at an advertising agency in season 9.
Not many people know behind the humorous guy Chandler Bing is an actor struggling to overcome alcohol and drug addiction. This was only revealed after the hit series ended and Matthew said he tried to hide it but it didn’t work.
“Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates.”he said
“I think I was pretty good at hiding it but, you know, eventually people were aware.”
Mathew is now a decent man who quit drinking and even opened a rehabilitation center for drug addicts to reintegrate into the community.
After the role of Chandler, Matthew mainly participated in the series with guest roles such as The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Cougar Town (film by Courteney Cox), Web Therapy (with David and Lisa), etc. Matthew also is the co-founder, screenwriter, and producer of Mr. Sunshine.
Matthew Perry also participated in the big screen with the role of Alex Whitman in Fools Rush In, uncle Michael “Mike” O’Donnell 37 years old in 17 Again (with Zac Efron). Moreover, Matt even participated in voicing the character Benny in the game “Fallout: New Vegas” released in 2010.
Matthew’s love story also made headlines because although Chandler of Friends has dated many famous Hollywood beauties like Julia Roberts, Lizzy Caplan, he is still “single and available” now.
Is the cast of Friends friends?
Rarely has a series of films where the actors are so close. The Friends cast consider each other to be a real family and this is what makes the success of Friends – one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. The Friends cast decided to get equal pay in the third season, so more famous actors like David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston accepted to reduce their salaries. Actors are close friends in real life and even after the movie ends, the actors are still close to each other like the filming days. Jennifer Aniston is even Coco’s godmother, actress daughter Courteney Cox. Friends are not just a successful sitcom, it has helped actors to find true friends.
When will Friends reunion special happen?
After months of speculations and rumors, the Friends reunion special, a dream of 25-year waiting becomes a reality, All the main Friends cast was confirmed to gather for special on HBO Max, HBO’s new streaming service set to launch in May, to honor the iconic sitcom’s 25th anniversary. The Late Late Show writer Ben Winston will direct. He’s also an executive producer, along with Friends EPs Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane; and Emma Conway and James Longman.
When the reunion news was announced, the leads all shared the same photo and caption on Instagram—”It’s happening”—and tagged each other.