13 ‘Friends’ trivia Facts That Even Die-Hard Fans Don’t Know

Monica and Joey were assumed to be together, but their on-set chemistry changed the show’s trajectory.

As natural chemistry developed among the cast members, the show evolved significantly. According to Marta Kauffman, co-creator and executive producer of “Friends.”

Kauffman explained, “You set out to do things, and then actors come in and it’s not quite what you expected when you breathe life into it.”

“So that’s when we went, ‘Huh, guess this is going in a different direction,'” says the author.

Even if it didn’t seem like it, Ross and Rachel were always going to end up together.

Ross and Rachel may have become the quintessential will-they-won’t-they couple, but David Crane, the show’s co-creator, knew they’d end up together.

Even when considering alternate endings, he and Kauffman agreed that ending the show with Ross and Rachel completely broken up seemed impossible.

“We did talk about a grey area with Ross and Rachel,” Crane told Entertainment Weekly, “where they aren’t together, but there’s a sense that they might be down the road.”

“We reasoned, ‘No, if we’re going to do it, let’s do it.’ Greys aren’t the focus of the show. It’s just the way we do things on our show. Let’s give the audience what they want, as well as what we want, which is to finally see them together “He went on to say.

Jennifer Aniston was the final member of the main cast to join.

Aniston, who is now one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, was still a newcomer to the industry when the pilot episode of “Friends” was shot.

She told Us Weekly in 2013 that she was the sixth and final prominent cast member to be added to the show.

She proved to be a valuable member of the cast, winning an Emmy for her portrayal of Rachel Green.

Before the show premiered, the entire cast went on a trip to Las Vegas.

Before the premiere of “Friends,” director James Burrows had such high hopes for the show’s success that he decided to send the entire cast to Las Vegas to begin their careers.

Burrows told Us Weekly, “I took them to Vegas.” “I had myself and six of them, and I said, ‘This is your last chance at anonymity,’ I don’t know why I said it.

Phoebe and Joey were supposed to have a long-running affair, according to Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc.

Kudrow (who played Phoebe Buffay) and LeBlanc revealed in a joint interview with Entertainment Weekly that they had pitched a finale to the producers.

“At the very end, we pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the whole time,” LeBlanc said. “We’d shoot all of the historical scenes again, and there’d be Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together just before a moment that everyone recognizes.”

Cox, like Monica, was said to be a neat freak on set.

In a 1995 issue of The Los Angeles Times, Kauffman talked about working with Cox and how she and her character, Monica, had a lot in common.

“Let’s face it. She’s adorable, intelligent, and highly well-adjusted. Monica is her name, “Kauffman stated.

“Her dressing room is immaculate. “She even cleans the other actors’ dressing rooms because she won’t go in if they’re too messy,” she added.

Budget cuts resulted in the infamous “No One’s Ready” episode.

Monica’s apartment is the setting for the famous episode “The One Where No One’s Ready,” The friends struggle to get out the door to Ross’ museum function.

Bonus: The episode was so well-known that it was parodied in Jay-“Moonlight” Z’s music video.

NBC’s broadcast standards changed throughout the show’s run.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Crane and Kauffman, the show’s co-creators, expressed their struggle to keep up with the network’s constantly changing rules.

“We couldn’t show a condom wrapper for a long time,” Kauffman said.

“The rules were always changing,” Crane added. “We could say ‘penis’ for the first three years. We couldn’t say ‘penis’ then. Then we’d be able to say ‘penis’ once more.”

Ross didn’t age for three years due to what appears to be a simple writing error.

Ross (David Schwimmer) refers to being 29 years old in seasons three, four, and five of “Friends,” implying that he did not age for three years on the show.

Justin Timberlake expressed interest in appearing on the show as a guest star.

Despite bringing in big names like Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, and Julia Roberts as guest stars, Kauffman and Crane still lament the fact that Justin Timberlake couldn’t make it into “Friends.”

“We got a call from Justin Timberlake, who said he wanted to do the show,” Kauffman said. According to Crane, Timberlake was “lovely” to meet, but the two couldn’t come up with a good role for him.

Jennifer Aniston despised her signature bob.


A short haircut with full-bodied layers, dubbed “The Rachel,” became a massive trend after Aniston styled her hair in that way on “Friends.”

“I didn’t care for ‘Rachel.'” In 2015, Aniston told Glamour. “That made me squirm a little.”

The actress admitted that she couldn’t even style her hair independently and had to rely on her hairstylist.

David Schwimmer was the inspiration for the character Ross.

According to Warren Littlefield, the character of Ross was explicitly created for Schwimmer, the president of NBC, from 1990 to 1998.

Littlefield told the Emmys that “Marta and David were early on big fans of David Schwimmer and wrote the character of Ross with Schwimmer in mind.”

On the other hand, Schwimmer almost didn’t read for the part.

“‘You know what,’ David was thinking at the time. I’m just going to do theatre again.’ But his agent persisted in persuading him to read the script and return from Chicago to audition for the part “Added he.

The cast had begun to pool their pay by season three, a first in television history.

According to reports, during payment negotiations for the third season of “Friends,” the six stars worked together to achieve equal pay of $75,000 per episode.

They reportedly each made $1 million per episode by the show’s end.

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