As the "Friends" cast sat together for a special reunion, they dished secrets from inside the show including the crushes they had on each other.
Never before have Jennifer Aniston And David Schwimmer so directly confirmed that there was more to their onscreen chemistry than what meets the eye. The two have finally admitted, more than a decade and a half after F.R.I.E.N.D.S. was put to rest, that they had crushes on each other in the early days of the show. The revelation came out after the six lead characters of the show came together for a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reunion special that premiered on HBO Max. It was the second time all six of the actors, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc, were seen together since the curtains dropped on the show after the finale in 2004.
As James Corden interviewed them for the reunion special, he finally managed to get Aniston and Schwimmer to admit the attraction they initially felt towards each other.
"It’s inconceivable to me that there weren’t, perhaps, off-screen romances," Corden asked as the six actors sat together. Schwimmer eventually said, as quoted by ELLE, "The first season, we—I had a major crush on Jen. And I think we both—"
"It was reciprocated," Aniston interjected.
"At some point, we were both crushing hard on each other, but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship. And we never crossed that boundary. We respected that," Schwimmer went on to say.
When Aniston spoke about it, she added, "Honestly, I remember saying one time to David, 'It’s gonna be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is gonna be on national television.' Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop [Central Perk]. So we just channeled all our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel."
"It was a situation that we couldn't do anything about," Schwimmer said, according to USA TODAY.
All this while Schwimmer thought that he managed to keep his "major crush" a secret. But turns out, it was clear to his co-stars what was going on between them at the time.
"I thought back on the very first year or two, you know, when we had breaks for rehearsal, like there were moments we would, like, cuddle on the couch or something, and I’m thinking, how did everyone not know we were crushing on each other?"
"We knew," Perry jumped in while Cox also added, "We knew for sure."
Among other insider secrets that came from the reunion, it was also revealed that the relationship between Monica and Chandler—another iconic couple from the show—were not actually supposed to end up together.
Initially, the two were supposed to have a one-night stand but that turned into a unique relationship between one of television's more adored couples, thanks to the way fans reacted to one unexpected night Monica and Chandler had in London.
"I think that moment was the beginning of how we rethought Monica and Chandler," said producer David Crane, as quoted by TODAY. "The original plan was, they would sleep together in London; it was a brief thing and we’d have some fun with it after, as they’re both like ‘Oh my God, what did we do?'"
"The way the audience reacted, we realized there’s more to this, and we need to pay attention," added producer Marta Kauffman. "It was such a powerful moment that we knew we had to explore it more."
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