Matt LeBlanc’s Joey couldn’t have existed without these fiery female characters. They were the reason for jokes like “she went to college! All two years!” and adding yet another messed-up experience to Joey and Chandler’s odd friendship. Remember them confusing Chandler with their lookalike faces and similar senses of style? But hey, you can’t go wrong with a bold red.
Think any of the Tribbiani sisters look familiar? You might have seen a few of them on other hit TV shows and movies over the years – but for some, it’s a “moo point” to even bring up their acting careers since then.
Veronica, Tina, And Dina #1 Retired
Tina’ was played by Lisa Maris, and she retired from acting after doing a few made-for-TV movies around the time that her Friends episode aired. ‘Dina’ was originally played by someone named Lisa, too. Lisa Melilli played minor characters in Frasier, Married With Children, and Murder, She Wrote before retiring from the acting in 1997. The actress who played ‘Veronica’ was maybe the most minor Tribbiani sister featured on Friends. She didn’t get any lines, and her only other acting credit is appearing as Rosie O’Donnell’s body double in The Flintstones. Veronica’s real name? DENA. We’re starting to feel like Chandler here.
Dina #2 Is A Celebrity Blogger
On Friends, she had her moment in the spotlight when she got “knocked up” by someone who was “missing a shoe” and Joey tried to host an impromptu wedding ceremony for her and the baby daddy. These days she’s a mom IRL who works as an IG influencer and a celebrity blogger for People Magazine.
Mary Angela, Mary Therese, And Cookie: Still On TV
‘Mary Angela’ is the Tribbiani sister who Chandler hooked up with on a rebound from Janice, and she’s played by actress Holly Gagnier. IMDB shows she’s done loads of acting work since Friends, on everything from Days of Our Lives to Scandal.
Mimi Lieber played ‘Mary Therese,’ the sister who made out with Chandler in the hallway of Joey’s grandmother’s house. Before Friends, she was hitting it big on shows like Beverly Hills, 90210, and The X Files. Since then, she’s had recurring roles on Law & Order and Judging Amy, and even had jobs on Broadway as a dancer and choreographer.
‘Cookie’ might be the most memorable original Tribbiani sister. She’s the one who punched Chandler after he kissed Mary Therese, and who told Phoebe she shot her husband. These days you can see her as Maureen Bennett in Why Women Kill, or as Katherine in Jane The Virgin and Isabella in Telenovella. Work it, Cookie.
Both Ginas Stay Busy
‘Gina’ wasn’t a standout sister in Friends, but she was still one of the original seven. She was played by actress K.J. Steinberg, who has since stepped behind the cameras as a top TV producer. For Joey, Gina was recast and played by Drea de Matteo. Often confused with Ellen DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi, Drea has an impressive career all her own. She’s been a series regular on Desperate Housewives, Sons of Anarchy, Shades of Blue, and most recently, A Million Little Things.