See The Cast of ‘Friends’ – Then & Now

So no one told you life was gonna be this way…It’s been over 20 years since Friends premiered and changed the game for TV in a major way. The six stars of the show couldn’t have predicted the success this show would go on to have, nor do we think any of them expected to play these coveted characters for 10 years, but they did and thank God for that. From all the times we’ve said “How you doin’?” to wishing we had Rachel’s hair, we’ve come to know and love this cast. But did you realize Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston were only 24 when the series started? Let’s take a look at what the cast looked like at the beginning of the series and what they’re up to now!

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Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
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Whatever water Jennifer Aniston is drinking, we want some because she hasn't aged a day. After 10 years as Rachel, Jennifer Aniston was pretty cemented in her Hollywood fame. She went on to star in a plethora of comedies and rom-coms (while still on the show and after) like Office Space, Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, and more. Unlike some of her co-stars, she has not returned to TV for any starring roles, though she has done guest roles on popular shows like 30 Rock, Burning Love, and Cougar Town (her pal Courteney's show). Some of her biggest publicity after Friends ended was about her divorce from actor Brad Pitt, due to the fact that when they separated, it was largely believed he left her for Angelina Jolie, who he met while filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith. She's moved on like the icon she is and recently married Justin Theroux. We can look forward to seeing her reunite with Jason Sudeikis in the 2016 film Mother's Day.
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David Schwimmer - Ross Gellar
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No shade to David, but we firmly stand by the belief that Ross was the worst. He didn't deserve Rachel, but let's not digress. Out of the men from Friends, we'd have to say he's been doing the best since the show ended 12 years back. It wasn't until he was already on the show that he landed leading roles in film. Sine 2005 he's provided the voice for Melman the giraffe in the Madagascar series. After Friends he also progressed to working in theater, making his West End debut in Some Girl(s) in 2005 and then he made his Broadway debut in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial in 2006. Currently he is portraying the late Robert Kardashian on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, an FX dramatic retelling of the popular criminal case.
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Courteney Cox - Monica Gellar
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Out of all her Friends, Courteney Cox stuck with TV to maintain her success. She took a tiny break (10 years is a really long time to do the same thing) before appearing on the TV show Dirt from 2007-2008. She didn't stay dirty for too long because she got her own series, Cougar Town, which lasted from 2009-2015 and it was filled with delicious cameos from her previous co-stars. She served as executive producer for Cougar Town, as well as the TV show Celebrity Name Game. In 2016 you can see her in the film Mothers and Daughters with Sharon Stone and Christina Ricci.
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Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
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Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing is easily one of the biggest reasons we ever watched Friends. He was self loathing, but in the perfectly comical way. While Chandler never had too many struggles on-screen, Matthew perry had many off-screen while filming Friends. He entered rehab for alcohol and pill addiction a few times, fluctuated weight drastically, and has admitted to forgetting years of his life due to his addictions. His last stint in rehab was in 2001 and these days the actor is clean and advocates for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He received a Champion of Recovery award in May 2013 from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for opening Perry House, a sober living home situated in his former mansion. Over the years he's done quite a bit of TV work, however it never seems to stick longer than a season or two per show. Most recently he signed on and has been portraying Oscar in the TV remake of The Odd Couple.
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Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
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We're little heartbroken to say that Lisa Kudrow's future endeavors did not involve her singing "Smelly Cat". Right after Friends, she wrote, produced, and starred in The Comeback on HBO. It only lasted a season but then was revived for one more season in 2014. She's also done a decent amount of work on the big screen since then too, appearing in P.S. I Love You, Bandslam, Hotel for Dogs, Easy A, and Neighbors. In 2016 she'll be in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Table 19, and The Girl on the Train with Emily Blunt.
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Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
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We love Matt LeBlanc so much, we absolutely forgive him for attempting to make Joey a thing. We totally understand why Joey wasn't what producers believed it would be, I mean who can followup Friends? It wasn't Matt's fault that they failed, but he admits they were doomed from the start. Unlike most of his cast mates, he didn't do too much after Joey flopped. Did he really need to after making $1 million per episode during the last two seasons of Friends? Since 2011 he's been on the show Episodes, which has only amounted to 43 episodes. In 2016 he began hosting the BBC show Top Gear.

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