Friends: Cast’s Real-Life Partners And Net Worth
Even though Friends released its last episode back in 2004, the sitcom has millions of fans all over the world. And all these fans want to know what their favorite actors are doing, whether they are married or not, and how much money they make.
Right now, you are about to learn why David Schwimmer is "on a break" again! Why did Lisa Kudrow think that her future husband would be way out of her league? And how much do our best Friends make now, when the show of their life has been over for 15 years?
Let's start with firm fan favorite Joey Tribbiani. Right now, Matt LeBlanc's net worth is estimated to be about $60-80 million.
In contrast to other cast members, Matt continued playing his character for two more years in the short-lived Friends spin-off Joey, earning himself $15 million. When Friends ended, NBC obviously didn’t want to lose that audience they'd built up over all those seasons and decided to immediately greenlight a spin-off with one of the show's most beloved characters.
Unfortunately, the show didn’t live up to expectations and following the waning rating, it was canceled after a mere two seasons. In the aftermath of that televisual car crash, LeBlanc revealed that he wanted to take a year break from filming... and that year eventually turned into a half-decade hiatus from showbiz.
Luckily, as one of the cast of Friends, LeBlanc could totally afford it... though Matt did sell his house in Hidden Hills in California in 2007 for $9,139,000.
Not bad for an actor who had just $11 to his name when he auditioned for Friends, right? However, Matt isn't really very excited about being constantly compared to Joey Tribbiani.
"People will speak slowly to me sometimes. And they always ask me if I'm all right, because I'm much more low-key and reserved than my character in Friends. They think that I'm depressed, or I'm sad, or upset."
In 2011, LeBlanc returned to the TV when he starred in Episodes, a show created by Friends writer David Crane, where LeBlanc played a fictionalized, slightly more arrogant version of himself. When it was announced that the show would end six years later, Matt was invited to host a rebooted version of BBC's Top Gear in 2016; signing a two-year contract worth $2.5 million.
Quite an impressive amount, yet it is still two times less than what his co-host, every girl's dream hunk Chris Evans earned. We mean the British TV host and Radio DJ Chris Evans, not Captain America, of course.
The same year, LeBlanc landed a leading role on Man with a Plan, earning $200 thousand per episode. The show was renewed for a fourth season this May but its poor average rating of 3.29/10 on Rotten Tomatoes probably doesn't bode well for it.
In 2006, Matt divorced from his wife Melissa McKnight, with whom he has a daughter. Later he got into a relationship with Melissa McKnight actress Andrea Anders.
The two were happy for 8 years but Matt`s next TV project Top Gear opened the doors for a new love story. LeBlanc met the Irish beauty Aurora, who is not only 17 years younger but also an executive producer of the show.
Well, it seems that LeBlanc is not scared of dating smart women, unlike his Friends character Joey.
Since then, the two have often been spotted together. Their love looks beautiful and Matt even calls her "honey" during public interviews. With his many ongoing projects and a sweetheart besides, it seems Matt is doing just fine and we are more than happy for him.
Now let's talk about the show's most eccentric character, Phoebe Buffay! Friends and other projects brought Lisa Kudrow a net worth of $70 million.
Right after the Friends finale, Kudrow jumped into the single-season HBO series The Comeback in 2005, landing the show's leading role. After a rather lengthy hiatus of nine years, the show was finally renewed for a second season but HBO canceled it once again.
In 2011 Lisa took on another leading role in the series Web Therapy, playing a therapist who works with patients over the Internet. The project started out as an improvised online show on LStudio.com in 2008 and later got picked up by Showtime. Despite mixed reviews from critics and audiences, the show managed to survive for a solid 4 seasons.
Nowadays, Lisa is mostly found in her recurring roles on popular shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Grace & Frankie. Lisa also starred in some recent big-screen movies, playing integral roles in Easy A, P.S. I Love You, and The Girl On The Train.
Surprisingly, Kudrow was also an executive producer of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?, a documentary TV show dedicated to exploring the family trees of famous celebrities.
Regarding her income post-Friends, Lisa told The Guardian: "It gave me financial stability. I don't have to do something because I need the money."
Kudrow's life has always been straightforward in terms of money, though. In 2014, Lisa lost a court battle to her ex-manager who she was appointed to pay $1.6 million of his Friends commission, even though she fired him in 2007.
And now, let's talk about her personal life. Lisa met her husband, French-born advertising executive, Michel Stern, when he dated her roommate. He had just immigrated to America and didn’t know a lot of people at that time.
"He thought I was just this weird freak," the actress says. "I wouldn't even smile at him, and I thought he was out of my league."
But their paths crossed again six years later, ironically at the old roommate's birthday party! Lisa, just coming out of a relationship, figured he'd be a quick fling. Can we say REBOUND?! But life went the other way and Michel became Lisa`s husband and soon the actress got pregnant with her son Julian. If it did not happen, Friends fans would have missed their chance to laugh out loud at the story of how Phoebe was having triplets as a surrogate mother for her younger half-brother.
Today the couple can be proud of their 20-plus years of marriage, and the fact that sparks are still flying between them.
We bet a lot of you watch Friends occasionally, as it is a great way to lighten the mood. The same can't be said for Lisa. She confessed that she couldn’t bring herself to watch Friends. “I don’t watch it if it’s on. I might not like myself, so I’d rather not risk that,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
She went on to explain that she felt much pressure on set when it came to her fellow actresses. In her own words, she felt "like this mountain of a woman" next to tiny Cox and Aniston. This lead to eating disorders that were detrimental to her health.
Despite this, Lisa claims others around her would tell her how good she looked underweight. "Unfortunately for a woman, if you're underweight, you look good." But today Lisa has left her health struggles far behind.
Now, let's move from the most bizarre actress on the show to the character most obsessed with cleanliness. The net worth of actress Courteney Cox, who portrayed Monica, is approximately $120 million!
While filming Friends, between season five and six, Courteney got married to producer and film director David Arquette who she met on the set of Wes Craven's horror film Scream, and with whom she ran Coquette Productions that produced a couple of movies that she also starred in.
A part of Cox's income comes not only from her movies and TV shows but also from directing films and running a production company with her now ex-husband. Courteney landed a leading role on Cougar Town in 2009, featuring in the show for 6 straight seasons and netting herself $275,000 per episode. Despite the show surviving for so long, critics called it “cliche” with Entertainment Weekly even calling Cougar Town “so brashly vulgar, it's endearing” with “ridiculous slang”.
Cox went on to appear in two more installments of the slasher film Scream and, according to The Richest, she received $7 million for her last appearance. Cox also starred alongside Christina Ricci and Sharon Stone in the film Mothers and Daughters in 2016 and appeared on the smaller screen in the ninth season of the acclaimed TV show Shameless.
In 2019, Courteney launched her own Facebook series 9 Months with Courteney Cox, which IMDb describes as a project where families share their intimate, unfiltered experiences with pregnancy.
And she's happy in her personal life, too! Let's talk about it in detail now. Unlike Monica, Courteney was definitely seen as every guys' dream girl since high school (as if they had the chance). Her first serious relationships included famous Hollywood actor Michael Keaton and singer Adam Duritz.
Like many other actors, Courteney met her future husband on set while filming the first Scream. David Arquette played her on-screen love interest, Dewey Riley. From then on, the couple managed to work on 9 films together.
Friends Fans know exactly when Courteney Cox got married to David. Do you remember the sixth-season premiere episode "The One After Vegas"? During the opening song, the entire cast had "Arquette" appended to their names.
You probably remember David being on Friends as well. He played the former boyfriend of Ursula who mistakenly stalked Phoebe. But that's not the only life-changing event that we got to celebrate with Courteney, there was another one and we could witness it in the final season of the show.
To those who love rewatching the series - remember when Monica and Chandler were struggling to get pregnant? Well... the actress was pregnant with her daughter Coco. Baby Coco was born in June, right after Friends finished its 10-year run. And guess who became the little angel's godmother? It could be no one other than Courteney`s real-life best friend Jennifer Aniston. The baby girl's birth was a true blessing and it was a difficult journey for the actress.
Сourtney was diagnosed with postpartum depression and she even had to deal with suicidal urges like driving off a cliff. Fortunately, with the right medical care and great support from close friends, Courteney overcame this issue.
After 14 years of marriage, Cox shared that both David and Courteney found themselves leading separate lives while still being great friends. So they split but remained supportive of one another and committed to co-parenting their daughter.
You probably want to know who is dating our favorite Harmonica today? Well, today Courteney`s heart belongs to the Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid. After a year of a romantic relationship, the couple pleased their fans by announcing an engagement but then shocked everyone with a brutal breakup.
But that was not the end of their story, as the couple got back together and seemed to be in love. Talk about a roller coast of emotions right?
And although the Friends alum did not tie the knot with the singer, she remarks that she is married in her heart. We definitely think Johnny's romantic gestures are what won over Courteney - have you heard his band's lyrics?
Cox is so happy that she even thinks of becoming a mom once again. “I would love to have a baby now,” she gushed adding that “I know it’s crazy, but I would.”
Monica's on-screen partner, Matthew Perry is a bit behind his co-star in terms of finances. Overall those exhausting years of acting, he's made a "mere" $80 million.
Once Friends ended, Perry mostly appeared as a guest star on a couple of other TV series including Scrubs, The Good Wife and The Good Fight. Perry's biggest roles were on two short-lived sitcom series: Mr. Sunshine, Go On, which he also produced, and The Odd Couple.
Matthew also tried his hand at acting in big-screen movies but it seems like he lost interest and abandoned it, with his last movie being 2009's 17 Again, where Perry starred alongside Zac Efron. It’s not a big secret for that Perry suffered from addictions, which along with subsequent rehab therapies likely didn't help his finances.
However, now that Matthew is happily sober, he selflessly dedicated a chunk of his fortune and his personal life to Perry House; a sober living home situated in the actor's former mansion in Malibu, a residence worth $12.5 million.
Besides movies and TV shows, Perry acts in theatrical productions, starring in the West End play The End Of Longing which Perry also wrote. The play received mixed receives but still managed to gross $2 million in ticket sales.
Meanwhile, the actor also did have some romantic years. Do you remember how Joe and Chandler were obsessed with Baywatch, admiring the beauty of Yasmine Bleeth? We can assure you it wasn't only on the show since it turns out that Perry and Bleeth dated during season 2. But she's not the only one who fell for his charm... Does Susie Underpants ring a bell? No? What about... Julia Roberts? The pair dated briefly, following Roberts' hilarious guest appearance on Friends.
The actor`s next love interest is known to the public eye as actress Lizzy Caplan. Matthew and Lizzy met after Friends ended its run, while Lizzy was working on The Class and Matthew was filming Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Their shows were filming on the same lot, so that is how their paths crossed. They were hardly ever seen together and that is really shocking, as the two had been a couple for six years.
It is hard to tell who has been dating the actor since then, as he is extremely private. Aside from that, there are countless rumors about Perry being in a relationship with beautiful actresses and even getting engaged to them... but if you dig deeper, all these stories do not have reliable sources.
Matthew Perry is reportedly living a solitary life. He has bravely overcome so many issues and now, it seems, the perfect time for romance has come.
Meanwhile, actor David Schwimmer isn't that far ahead of Perry in the money game with an estimated net worth of $85 million.
It’s obvious that receiving $20 million per year for re-runs of Friends is the kind of income that gives you the opportunity to pursue whatever projects you like, even if you know they won’t be a big box office hit. Or not just choose to do nothing at all! David seems to prefer that last option. After the Friends finale, Schwimmer hasn't done much in terms of his showbiz career.
Though David has co-starred in a couple of series and in some movies you've probably never heard of, it’s likely that you have noticed him in his latest works as the voice of the giraffe Melman in the Madagascar films and as Robert Kardashian in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Schwimmer's most recent appearance was a 7-episode stint on season 10 of Will and Grace. It seems like David is content to live mostly off his post-Friends earnings and enjoy all the free time!
Nevertheless, there was a drawback to being on Friends for David. Once he opened up about how fame impacted his relationships. According to Schwimmer, it was pretty jarring and it took the actor years to adjust and become comfortable with it. Eventually, things got back on track and David started directing the romantic comedy Run Fatboy Run.
This is where he met the mother of his child. David fell in love with artist, photographer, and producer Zoe Buckman. Soon David became a father for the first time. "It's just a blast," David shared his feelings.