THEN AND NOW: The stars of ‘Friends’

Jennifer Aniston starred as Rachel Green, easily the most stylish character on the show.

At the start of the series, Rachel left her fiancé, Barry, at the altar. In an effort to be independent and not live off her father’s wealth, she got a job at Central Perk and cut up all her credit cards.

Aniston starred as former beauty-pageant queen Rosie in the 2018 Netflix movie “Dumplin” and led the film “Murder Mystery” with Adam Sandler. Aniston and the main cast members from “Friends” also reunited for an unscripted special for HBO Max.

David Schwimmer played Ross Geller, a paleontologist who was obsessed with dinosaurs since he was a child.

Ross had a son named Ben with a woman named Carol, who he divorced after learning that she was a lesbian. Ross went on to have another failed relationship with Emily, who he married in England after a whirlwind relationship. They split after Emily told Ross to cut off contact with Rachel, which he refused to do.

The actor voiced Melman the giraffe in the “Madagascar” movies. Schwimmer starred as Robert Kardashian on “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” His performance as the lawyer also earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or a movie at the 2016 award show.

Ross’ younger sister and chef, Monica Geller, was portrayed by Courteney Cox.

Monica’s cleanliness frustrated her friends, but they always went to her apartment to hang out when they weren’t at Central Perk. Cox will reprise her role as Gale Weathers for the star-studded movie “Scream 5.”

The cast of the upcoming movie includes returning cast members Neve Campbell and David Arquette, plus “You” season two star Jenna Ortega and “The Boys” actor Jack Quaid. She’s still good friends with costars Aniston and Kudrow, and the three women are part of a group chat. They occasionally meet up, too.

Matthew Perry portrayed Chandler Bing, who was always making sarcastic comments.

During “Friends,” Perry became addicted to pain medications, lost a drastic amount of weight, and checked into rehab in 1997. He has since made efforts to focus on sobriety.

In February 2020, Perry became the last of the six main “Friends” cast members to join Instagram, much to the delight of his costars and fans.

Lisa Kudrow starred as Phoebe Buffay, known for her incredibly catchy “Smelly Cat” song.

Phoebe worked as a masseuse and played the guitar at Central Perk in her spare time. She also had a twin sister named Ursula, who briefly dated Joey.

After “Friends,” Kudrow landed parts in movies like “P.S. I Love You,” “Neighbors,” “Easy A,” and “The Girl on the Train.” You might have also seen her appear as Congresswoman Josephine Marcus on a few episodes of ABC’s “Scandal.”

Matt LeBlanc starred as struggling actor Joey Tribbiani.

Joey was a womanizer and had an obsession with food, particularly pizza and meatball sandwiches. His signature pick-up line was “How you doin’?”

After “Friends,” LeBlanc landed a spin-off series called “Joey.” The series didn’t achieve the success that its predecessor had and ended after two seasons.









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