10 things we learned about Courteney Cox from reuniting ‘friends’
“Friends: The Reunion” didn’t disappoint die-hard fans who were able to relive their favorite moments and hear untold stories from the show’s iconic cast, including Courteney Cox of Alabama, who played the leader of the Monica Gellar competition.
And we learned a bit more about Monica’s story, with Cox sharing her favorite episode and feelings about other aspects of the beloved series on the HBO Max special.
The reunion saw stars Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer (along with special guests) come together to discuss everything from their casting process, show romances, bloopers and d other precious memories. A report from Variety said, “Sources close to the project told Variety last year that each of the six stars will receive at least $ 2.5 million for their participation in the special.”
“Friends” was one of the top rated shows on television in its 10 seasons on NBC, 1994-2004. The series provided a revolutionary role for Cox, who was born and raised in Birmingham, and cemented her fame as an actress. Her character, Monica Geller, was a sassy boss who could be bossy, obsessive, anxious, wacky, kind, and caring – sometimes all at the same time.
These are some new things we learned about Cox and his character Monica during the “Friends” reunion.
She was almost too famous to be on the show (and almost played Rachel)
Show creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane said they wanted to hire all the strangers for all six roles, so Cox’s remarkable work in Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” music video and the “Family” sitcom Ties ”worried them. The Courteney Cox Show. They said they had a hard time playing Monica, seeing Cox first as a Rachel during auditions. When she explained that her personality was actually aligned with Monica’s, the producers agreed. “Courteney brought this incredible joy to the character,” Kauffman said. “Everything Courteney brought to it made Monica so much richer than we originally expected,” said Crane.
She was afraid of Marcel the monkey
Before David Schwimmer’s anecdote revealed his contempt for working with the bald capuchin monkey, a frightened Cox muttered, “The monkey scared me. Yet another thing the Gellars had in common, apparently.
Jennifer Aniston remembers what Cox wore on the table first read
Some of the cast members’ memories seem to be better than others. It’s only fitting that the woman who played fashion expert Rachel remembers (in vivid detail) what her co-stars wore on their very first tabletop reading, when they all got a feel for how whose series would begin. While Kudrow wore “a white lace hippie blouse and jeans, Aniston said Cox wore” a pink nightie t-shirt by Fred Segal with a white trim “.
She hid scripts on set (and a castmate was playing a joke on her)
As soon as LeBlanc entered the main unit of Monica’s apartment, he looked at the kitchen table and asked if Cox’s lines were still written on the table. He said one day he erased them all to play a joke on her, and she didn’t take it well. “She was so mad at me,” he told Aniston and Kudrow. He also said she kept a script in the sink and in the apples on the same table. “I have memory problems,” she says. Cox was fifth to show up at the set reunion, where LeBlanc told him the story. “It’s so nasty!” she said to her co-star, laughing.
Her favorite episode is …
“I love Thanksgiving ones, but I also… I loved it when we traded… when we lost the apartment,” Cox said, referring to “The One with the Embryos,” the 12th episode of season four, one of the show’s most popular. “This quiz was really fun and really devastating.”
David Beckham identifies the most with Monica
Yes, this David Beckham. The international football superstar appeared with unexpected approval. Noticing when he’s on the road and missing his family, he puts on “friends” because it makes him smile. “I have to say I’m most like Monica because I’m a clean freak.
Chandler and Monica weren’t supposed to stay together
The unlikely romance drew a shocked response from the live studio audience, with Cox even cracking a gag worthy of a blooper between the sheets, which she suggested Perry. But the producers said they weren’t meant to last as a couple. “The way the audience reacted, we realized there was a lot more to it, and we need to pay attention to it,” said co-creator Marta Kauffman. “It was such a powerful moment that we knew we had to explore it more.”
She was semi-relieved Aniston and Schwimmer wasn’t really dating
Aniston and Schwimmer relived the scene where Rachel and Ross first kiss, a moment said Cox made her cry when she recently watched “The One Ross Finds Out”. “The tension was just palpable. It was perfect, ”she said. Schwimmer explained that the two had a crush on each other but, out of respect for each other’s real relationships, they never crossed that line. Cox suggested that if they had dated and then broke up, the series and the chemistry of the cast could have suffered. “If you had done it and it hadn’t worked, it probably wouldn’t have been so great.” That’s a pretty big guess for “Friends” fans.
Where is Monica now, according to Cox?
Corden asked where each character would be today. Aniston said Rachel and Ross are married and have children, while LeBlanc has suggested that Joey has opened a sandwich shop in Venice Beach and that Phoebe guide her equally “different” children through art school. “I think Monica is still very competitive,” Cox said. “His children are probably graduates, in charge of the sale of pastries at the elementary school. And you [Chandler] make me laugh every day.
This may be the last time you see the band together on screen
During the final moments of the reunion, the cast reflected on their time on the show, with Cox insisting that it was even more special as this was probably the last time they got together for TV. “We’re not going to do this again in another 15 years,” she said. Was this really the first and last meeting of “friends”?