If you are a 90s kid, you would know about which I’m talking about. Friends, the famous American sitcom, was one of the best entertainment programs for the children. It’s that show which even this generation kids enjoy watching. Ross and Rachel, Monica and Chandler have been the relationship goals for every other fan.
But there are certain things I’m sure even a very fan of the show might be unaware of and especially if you have recently started watching the amazing show. Here are those:
1. It was rumored that the actors signed an agreement to not sleep together.
In 1997, Elle brought up in their story about Cox “a recent rumor which had all the actors signing some kind of agreement that they wouldn’t sleep together.”
When asked about this, Cox laughed, saying: “Ha ha, there’s no pact, there’s never been a pact.”
2. Although, Lisa Kudrow once joked that the cast only became close after they all slept together.
In 1996, a US Weekly cover story, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox were asked what would happen if the male cast saw them naked.
Cox said, “They wouldn’t care,” while Aniston joked they’d care almost too much and run to the “their little rooms and go, ‘Oh. My. God.'”
Following up, Cox said that they’d all become like brothers and sisters, to which Kudrow joked, “You mean after we all stopped sleeping with each other?”
Well, well, well!! I suppose that was something you had no idea about.
3. Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer played video games between takes.
Super Mario used to be there favorite battle game, according to People.
4. Courtney Cox was always a neat freak similar to Monica and would clean the others’ dressing rooms.
“Let’s face it, she’s adorable and intelligent and really together. She is Monica,” show co-creator Marta Kauffman told the Los Angeles Times in 1995. “She has the neatest dressing room. She even cleans up the other actors’ dressing rooms because she won’t go in there if they are too messy.”
5. The actors pulled straws for the bigger, better dressing rooms.
A 2000 cover story about the series in People magazine revealed that the cast “actually drew straws to see which actors would get the two larger dressing rooms, and the prized suites are rotated annually.”
An earlier article in 1995, Rolling Stone, also mentioned the cast’s dressing rooms. In particular, their proximity to the “ER” dressing rooms of George Clooney and Noah Wyle. According to Rolling Stone, “the good doctors … have personally defaced the signs on the doors of the ‘Friends’ minuscule, windowless dressing rooms.”
6. An “intervention” for Jennifer Aniston was held by the other actors, led by David Schwimmer because she was always the late to set.
Let’s see what Aniston has to say about it. “The boys did an intervention with me about my tardiness,” Aniston said in the US Weekly story. “David did it. Very kindly. The day my alarm didn’t ring.”
7. Paul Rudd got the part after the casting director just wrote one word during his audition: “Dreamy.”
Who doesn’t know Mike, the man to whom Phoebe got married to. Casting Director Leslie Litt’s told the Huffington Post a few things. “Paul Rudd was someone who was on a short list for the role of Mike,” said Litt. “We had a casting session for that role but no one was quite it. Paul agreed to do a one-time meet and read with Lisa [Kudrow]. All I wrote on my notes was ‘dreamy’!”
8. A special place called “Courtney’s Candy Cabinet” was reserved for Cox on the sets.
It seems that Cox was very addicted to candy bars. She actress proudly stated, “my first choice would be a Butterfinger”, in an US Weekly interview.
9. Kudrow was considered the smartest by the other actors, despite the “ditzy” character she played. There you go!
According to US Weekly, Kudrow didn’t have anything in common to her character, Phoebe.
Cox was quoted by US Weekly as Kudrow was “the smartest person I know”.
10. Even before they became a couple on the show, Cox said that if Monica had to “do” a Friend, she would choose Chandler.
In the Elle profile from 1997, Cox was asked “if Monica had to ‘do’ another Friend, which would it be?” Her answer? “Chandler,” as according to her, the character’s sarcastic bite was similar to Monica’s.
It was eventually found that the two characters hooked up during the Season 4 finale in London, after almost a year to the publication of the quote. .
11. A pie chart was used by the writers to track the number of lines and jokes each character said, to ensure the division was equal between all the actors.
The People cover story mentioned “a pie chart” that “was once posted in the writers’ room to ensure that all six characters got the same number of lines and jokes, but now such fairness is taken for granted by the cast and crew.”
I bet you had no idea about this point.
But now that 11 unknown facts have been discussed I hope you’ll start watching the show again but with a slightly different perspective. Thank you FRIENDS for making everybody’s childhood so amazing and for providing a sarcastic tinge to our lives.
Kudos to the show for giving us life lessons!