Friends Cast: Life After the Show
Can you believe that the first episode of "Friends" was released 25 years ago? Many of us grew up with them on our screens. But where are these actors now? What do they think about reviving the all-beloved sitcom? Who reached to the top of Hollywood Olimp, and who hasn't been welcomed in any other studios after the end of the show? Who is still friends with the other members of the show, and who's avoiding them?
We wouldn't be lying if we said that since the end of "Friends", Jennifer's career has only been heading upwards!She made herself a big movie star. Aniston's first role on the big screen was a part in the movie Bruce Almighty in 2003 where she played alongside Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman. Quite good company, huh? Among her other successes are The Break-Up, Marley&Me, Horrible Bosses and We're The Millers.
And this fall, we're going to see her as the lead role in a new Apple TV+ series under the name The Morning Show. The actress will star there alongside Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. It's going to be the first time we'll see her on the small screen since Friends ended in 2004!
Contracts worth millions of dollars, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012, the title of the most beautiful woman in the world...
However, success in a career doesn't guarantee success in a relationship.
It's been over 10 years since Jennifer divorced Brad Pitt. Yet, the tabloids don't want to leave Jennifer alone, by constantly publishing new rumors about their possible reunion.
Her second marriage with the actor and screenwriter Justin Theroux lasted a bit longer than 2 years. The press started a rumor that this break-up happened due to Aniston's inability to have children.
In the interview for InStyle, Jennifer confessed that she'd like to forbid the press from using her pictures with her hands around her tummy with the caption "Finally pregnant!"
“They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?” she said.
After Friends, producer Marc Cherry's first preference for the role of Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives was Courtney Cox, but this wasn't going to happen, as Courtney was unable to devote her time to the role due to her pregnancy.
Later on, she appeared in the November, Zoom, and the re-make of The Longest Yard. She also starred in three episodes of Scrubs, and in 2009 she got the lead role of Jules Cobb on ABC's show Cougar Town with 6 seasons overall.
After divorcing David Arquette, who she'd been married to for more than 10 years, Courtney started dating the member of the band Snow Patrol, Johnny McDaid in 2013. A year later they announced their engagement on Twitter.
Despite the fact that 54-year-old Courtney Cox is 12 years older than her sweetheart, Johnny McDaid is crazy about this slender brunette. Johnny revealed that his love for Courtney is so strong that it can be too intense to think about as there is "a lot to lose" if anything goes wrong.
In pretty much every interview, Courtney is asked whether fans can expect a sequel to "Friends." The actress has quite an irrefutable answer.
"They're rebooting everything, but I don't know how does that work with Friends, though? That was about people in their, you know, 20s, 30s. The show isn't about people in their 40s, 50s. And if we have the same problems then that's just sad. That's not fun!" says Courtney.
But, even though Cox doesn't want Friends to be rebooted, she still likes to hang out with her co-stars from the show. She even celebrated her birthday with them this year!
The role of the eccentric rebel Phoebe, who works as a massage therapist in the afternoon and writes songs in the evening, has brought Kudrow a Primetime Emmy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Kudrow made international headlines again in 2015 when Taylor Swift asked her to perform Phoebe's infamous Smelly Cat at her Los Angeles concert.
The actress has been married to Michel Stern, a French advertising executive, for over 20 years. They had their son Julian Murray Stern in 1998. Lisa's pregnancy became a part of the script of Friends in seasons 4 and 5 when her character had triplets.
After the show was over, Lisa went on to produce, write and even star in HBO's 2005 comedy series The Comeback which actually had its own comeback nine years after that, with its second season airing in 2014. She is also one of the executive producers of the TLC reality program Who Do You Think You Are. Besides working on TV, Kudrow has also made appearances in plenty of films.
Lisa became a movie star due to P.S. I Love You to The Girl On The Train. One of her latest works was 2017's The Boss Baby. The actress also appeared in 2019's Long Shot and Booksmart.
When asked about the possibility of a Friends TV reunion, Kudrow said:
"I don't see it happening. What would it be about? The thing we liked about that show is it was like 20-somethings and they were their own family and now they all have families. So what are we going to watch?”
After the amazing success of Friends, which earned Matt $1 million per episode, his life seemed to go downwards. The spin-off of Friends, the show Joey, where Matt played the leading part, failed in 2006. At about the same time, his little daughter Marina was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, an illness that affects the bones, brain and motor skills. As if it wasn't enough, his marriage to Melissa McKnight suddenly became surrounded by whispers of his repeated adultery.
Following the break-up with Melissa and his daughter's health problems, LeBlanc avoided the limelight, asking his agent to "lose my number for a few years."
"For years and years, I barely left the house. I was burnt out. I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere. I was in a position to do that. It was a very dark time. I almost had a nervous breakdown,” said Matt.
In 2011, Matt LeBlanc started playing a fictional version of himself in Episodes which got him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV series Comedy. After making his appearance in the 8th season of Top Gear, it was announced in February 2016 that Matt became one of the new presenters of the show.
Earlier this year, he retired from the show, stating that the experience was "great fun", but it didn't allow him to spend quality time with his family.
These days, LeBlanc is playing Adam Burns in the CBS sitcom Man With A Plan.
Fortunately, Marina, who is now 15 years old, outgrew her illness, but Matt confessed he is still as devoted to her as when she was ill. He said:
“I remember when my daughter, Marina, was born. The second I laid eyes on her, I was in love, and I had never felt that way before. I couldn’t believe it..”
Currently, the actor is dating Top Gear producer Aurora Mulligan, who is 17 years younger than him. They are very cute together and he constantly calls her "honey". So sweet!
Just like his co-stars from Friends, Matt doesn't see any sense in reviving friends because the series was about "the finite period in those characters lives." He added:
“I don’t think anyone wants to see Joey at his colonoscopy. I think it’s better for people to just leave it.”
Chandler might not be as smart as Ross or as chill as Joey, but he is certainly the nicest one of them. Plus, he's "the funny one." And his relationship with Monica has always "awed" spectators.
But in the real world, it was anything but a perfect life for Matthew Perry. The fans of the show know that Perry suffered from an addiction to alcohol and opiates while filming the show.
After a heavy injury in a jetski accident in 1997, he was prescribed Vicodin. The problem was that he couldn't stop taking the pills even after he didn't need them anymore, in fact, he got addicted. In an interview for People magazine, Perry admitted that with the pills he "felt better than [he] ever felt in [his] entire life." He was in rehab a few times.
"Getting sober is a really hard thing to do," he admitted. "You can't have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it be solved in 28 days," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Perry hada rule for himself to never drink on set, but by 2000, he admits he was often detoxing back stage, shaking and sweating. And even more, he "went to work in extreme cases of hangover." Three years of Friends are a bit blurry.
As he said in a BBC interview, he can't recall a big chunk of the show because of his addiction. "I don't remember three years of it. So none of those... somewhere between season 3 and 6," he said.
Perry now tries to be a help to others.
"I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life. I’ve learned a lot from my failures, but the best thing about me is if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, 'Will you help me stop drinking?' I will say, 'Yes. I know how to do that.'"
Matthew Perry opened his former home for those in need in 2013. According to the interview in People magazine, he opened Perry's House for men who seek a 12-step meditation and sobriety program. With time, he even gave up his four-bedroom Malibu home in order to help others. Perry's House had a 2-year success, but, in 2015, the program, unfortunately, hit a bump in the road due to some financial problems.
The actor revealed that he was going to keep running the rehab center once he found an affordable location.
Despite having a life full of ups and downs, Perry keeps transforming his problems into a positive purpose, and for that, he deserves a big ovation. "My life has a lot more meaning now that I try to help people," Perry said to The Hill. "It's also a selfish thing - it makes you feel better than anything else will."
When asked during interviews if Matthew could star in the sequel of Friends, he also has an irrefutable answer.
"When I’m asleep, I have this nightmare that we do Friends again and nobody cares,” Perry said. “We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I’m gonna say no. The thing is: we ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?”
Since Friends ended, David Schwimmer has had plenty of other film roles, including the voice of Melman in Madagascar, as well as movies Big Nothing and Nothing But The Truth. David made his debut as a feature film director with Run Fatboy Run, the 2007's comedy. Three years ago he played the lawyer Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story. For this role, he got his second Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
David Schwimmer also played himself in a splendid scene opposite LeBlanc's fictionalized version of himself in Episodes, when he made his appearance in a number of Web Therapy episodes with Lisa Kudrow. Besides, David starred in the TV show Will & Grace. According to most fans of Friends, his character in this show is a completely plausible forty-something-year-old version of Ross Geller.
The personal life of the actor had quite big changes in 2017, as he split with British artist Zoe Buckman, mother of his daughter Cleo, after 7 years of marriage. The actor confessed that the fame of Friends "really messed with my relationship with other people." So it's obvious that he doesn't want to come back to the old role.
“Well, no. I mean…no, I think we all feel it kind of ended in the perfect way.”
Sadly, in real life, David doesn't seem to be too friendly with Jennifer Aniston. Meanwhile, Courteney Cox hinted that he is the reason why a Friends movie hasn't got off the ground. Ouch. Or, maybe, a more obvious reason is the fact that none of the actors want the reunion to actually happen?