Joey is not the deepest character on the show, but he’s not as surface based as fans might assume either. There is a lot more to Joey than meets the eye. Here are the 10 things even diehard fans didn’t know about Joey Tribbiani.
His Middle Name Is Francis
While he often goes simply by Joey, his middle name was used a few times throughout the series. He was once told he needed to have a less ethnic-sounding name to help him get roles. Chandler being the sarcastic friend he is, had the brilliant idea of changing it to Joseph Stalin.
He Had An Imaginary Friend
During Chandler and Joey’s bet against Monica and Rachel, the girls correctly answered questions about Joey’s make believe friend in the lightening round. This is when fans discovered Joey’s childhood pretend friend was named Maurice and he was a professional space cowboy. Joey having an imaginary friend as a kid made his character all the more charming and lovable.
He’s A Big Stephen King Fan
In season 3, episode 13, “The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends”, fans discovered that Joey’s favorite book is The Shining by Stephen King. Joey and Rachel have a disagreement about which book is better, The Shining by Stephen King or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; The Shining being Joey’s favorite read and Rachel’s top book being Little Women.
Has Seven Sisters
It is a well known fact that Joey has a large loving family and many sisters. But just how many sisters does Joey have? There are seven Tribbiani sisters in total: Gina, Dina, Tina, Mary Angela, Mary Theresa, Veronica, and Cookie. Even though Cookie has the sweetest name, she is definitely the toughest of the sisters; she once confessed to Phoebe that she shot her husband.
Had The Most Love Interests On The Show
Joey earned his reputation as being the lady’s man of the group. He had the most love interests throughout the ten seasons with a total of 17 flings and relationships. Phoebe is close behind though, with her number totaling 16. No wonder these two were bests friends.
Matt LeBlanc Hated Joey And Rachel’s Relationship
Marta Kauffman, one of the show’s creators, told People magazine that LeBlanc felt the relationship was incestuous and was very uncomfortable with it. Lucky for him, the love affair didn’t last long. Even during this short lived romance, fans always knew Ross and Rachel were destined to be together.
Matt LeBlanc Is Fluent In French
In real life, however, Matt LeBlanc can speak French fluently since his dad is French-Canadian. The name “LeBlanc” actually stems from the French word “blanc” which means white. Poor Phoebe had to go through all of the hassle of teaching French to Joey, when he knew it all along.
Joey Could Have Been A Different Character Completely
LeBlanc disliked the script they had given him so much, he decided to put his own spin on it. LeBlanc suggested making Joey somewhat of a dimwit. NBC loved it and made the creators cast him. NBC made the right choice. LeBlanc played the character so well, they even gave Joey a spin off when Friends ended.
Joey And LeBlanc Both Had Rough Starts To Their Careers
Just like Joey, LeBlanc also had several failed attempts at stardom. His acting career started with a role in a Heinz Tomato Ketchup commercial in 1987. LeBlanc’s acting career had such a rocky start that when he took the role of Joey, he only had $11 to his name. LeBlanc eventually went on to receive a Golden Globe and several Emmy nominations. It’s quite the inspiring rags to riches story.
Joey Eventually Moved To Los Angeles
After his friends all became coupled up, Joey moved out to Los Angeles to fully pursue his acting career. Although technically he should have made the move sooner considering Days of Our Lives, the soap opera he starred in, was filmed in California.