The Friends reunion gave us everything—emotional reminiscing, special guests, never-before-seen bloopers, and even the revelation that Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer were almost a real-life Rachel and Ross. And now Jennifer Aniston has shared that the experience was more emotional than she thought it would be.
Talking to USA Today (opens in new tab), Jennifer Aniston said the reunion wasn’t all fun and games, it was actually very moving and hit her hard.
She said: “We were all very naive, I think. We all thought how much fun this is going to be, to go back to the set.
“It's been so long that you forgot how emotional that time was, to say goodbye to those people... So it really hit me hard.”
She explained that although the reunion was “awesome” it was also like they’d opened Pandora’s box. She said: “It was really emotional for everybody.”
The reunion saw many revelations, from whether we’ll ever get a Friends movie to Matthew Perry admitting that the pressure to be the “funny” character was often too much. He shared that he became terrified of live shows in case he didn’t get the laughs he was meant to.
We also saw just how emotional that last episode really was to all the cast and crew. And the moment they all walked onto the set for the first time since that day—let’s just say it hit us harder than when Ross and Rachel went on a break.
Jennifer also shared how “extraordinarily moving” it was to see all the fans that loved the show and had been so powerfully and positively affected by it.
She said: “We knew we had reach, but we had no idea what was taking place in these little hearts and the joy and how much it helped. To understand the impact that we had on so many people struggling... there’s nothing compared to that.
“There's no other job in the world that I will ever be a part of—have been or will be a part of—that has had that kind of impact.”
Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.
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