15 surprising things you never knew about 'Friends'
Friends is probably one of the best sitcoms ever aired, but even the most diehard fans may not have known these 15 facts.
Lisa Kudrow's pregnancy was written into the script but Courtney's wasn't.
When Lisa Kudrow became pregnant her baby belly has its own storyline. However, when Courtney Cox's character Monica was not supposed to be able to get pregnant so she was put into loose dresses instead.
Ross was actually 29-years-old for three seasons.
That's right, as Christmas' and Thanksgiving's came and went Ross' age remained the same from season 3 to season 5.
Bruce Willis was only on the show because he lost a bet.
As a result of a dare from Matthew Perry, Bruce Willis appeared on Friends for free. He donated all the money to various AIDS foundations. But he did end up getting an Emmy Award for his role.
'Days of Our Lives' is very important to Jennifer Aniston.
Jennifer Aniston was a huge fan of Days of Our Lives as her father John Aniston actually acted in the show since 1985.
When Courtney Cox married David Arquette, the whole casts credits changed for one episode.
After Cox got married and changed her name to Courtney Cox-Arquette, all of the main six all had Arquette added to their last names in the episode The One After Vegas.
Lisa Kudrow wanted Phoebe to play the bongos.
Lisa Kudrow didn't know how to play guitar when the show started and instead pushed for Phoebe to play the bongos instead. In the end they producers got in a guitar teacher. And to think Smelly Cat might not have ever come to fruition.
All the characters are named after characters from the show 'All My Children'.
The show All My Children centred around the Chandler (Chandler Bing) family and includes Ross Chandler (Ross Gellar), Janet Green (Rachael Green), Monique Courtland (Monica Gellar), Joey Martin (Joey Tribiani) and Phoebe Taylor Wallingford as Phoebe Buffay.
Joey's famous dog statue actually belonged to Jennifer Aniston.
Pat the Dog, the statue that Joey introduced in an episode called The One Where Eddie Moves In really belonged to Jennifer Aniston. She received the statue as a gift from a friend and ended up donating it to the set.
Matthew Perry's dad made a cameo appearance on the show.
John Bennet Perry starred in the episode The One with Rachel’s New Dress as Joshua's dad.
Courtney Cox was the only one not to win an Emmy for her role.
Even Christina Pickles who played Monica's mother Judy received an Emmy nod.
The identity of 'Ugly Naked Guy' was not revealed until 2016.
The actor Jon Haugen was outed due to an investigation by the Huffington Post.
Gunter did not say his first words on the show until episode 33.
The iconic role of the pining barista, Gunter, was played by James Michael Tyler. His first line on the show was 'yeah'.
Janice's appearances were kept a secret from the audience.
Janice, played by Maggie Wheeler divulged:
“They would keep me hidden–I could barely come down to get a doughnut. I had to stay in my dressing room until the last moment and then they’d secretly move me from behind the set to the right spot and they’d keep a black screen so the audience couldn’t see me until I made my first entrance.”
Monica's fridge actually worked.
The fridge in Monica's apartment was used to keep snacks for the actors. However, the coffee machine in Central Perk was never turned on as it would have been too noisy.
Jennifer Aniston almost left the show twice!
Aniston almost left halfway through season one to film another show Muddling Through but the show ended up being cancelled. Then just before the last season Aniston almost didn't come back as she wasn't sure how much of Rachel she had left to give.
There was also an intervention on the show for her tardiness.