actress Courtney Cox has ruled out participating in another “Friends” meeting in the near and distant future. She spoke about the emotional toll filming the recently released reunion special took on her and her co-stars. She also joked that she doesn’t want to film another one when they are 80 years old.
Friends: The Reunion was an HBO Max special released in 2021, and it was a worldwide hit, reminding millions of fans of the special moments from the hit TV show. During an interview with diversityCox spoke to singer Faith Hill about the reunion and her shared history with the cast.
Read on to find out more.
Courteney Cox said the special was emotional
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Cox spoke to Hill about the reunion special, which was very emotional for her and the five other leads. The other cast members are Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry.
Cox also opened up about their relationships after the show. She said, “I’m very close to everyone, but we don’t all see each other.” According to the actress, the six leads have not all been in the same room since filming wrapped in 2004. But the three ladies in the cast see each other quite often.
During an interview with Rob Lowe on “Literally! With Rob Lowe,” Aniston spoke about the reunion and how emotional it was for all the cast. She said she couldn’t stop crying even during filming and that it wasn’t just her emotional feelings about the reunion.
She said: “There was a time when we were all kind of in a puddle. Maybe David didn’t do it, I don’t think we broke David. Expressing how surprised she was to see LeBlanc in tears, she said, “Mr. rough guy. Mr. Impenetrable, our big brother who would kill anyone if they gave you the wrong look. Even he got a little foggy.”
She said they’ve been through a lot together
During her interview with Hill for diversity, Cox also spoke about the experience of speaking at the reunion. She said: “Walking on stage at Warner Bros. was the most emotional thing, I burst into tears straight away. So many things had happened, so many years of being together. You name it, we’d been through it.
“Friends” is one of the most successful TV shows in history and has developed an almost cult following over the years. It premiered in September 1994 and ended after ten seasons in May 2004. HBO Max announced the reunion special in February 2020 but had to postpone it due to disruptions from Covid-19.
Courteney Cox will not be having another reunion
Cox also told Hill that while she doesn’t feel like she’s finally finished with the show, she won’t be doing another reunion. She said, “Can you imagine that? We’re 80 and ‘let’s go back inside’” to indicate how much older all the cast members are now.
She also shared how happy she is that she was able to play Monica and be a part of the show. She said, “I can’t believe I got this role and was able to make these friends and be a part of something that’s still going on.”
During Aniston’s interview with Lowe, she also spoke about the emotional toll of filming the reunion. She said getting together and having to relive moments from the show “knocked us all down a lot harder than we anticipated.”
She also said, “In your head you’re like, ‘Oh, this is going to be really fun time travel.'” It turns out, ooh, ouch, time travel is pretty difficult.” It seems that she is also shares Cox’s feeling of not wanting another reunion.
She said the cast has changed
Aniston also spoke about the surreal experience of seeing the set exactly as it was. She said it had “everything exactly the same, right down to the little tchotchkes on the shelves.” Seeing the exact same set highlighted just how much Aniston and her co-stars had changed since the show ended.
The ‘Horrible Bosses’ actress said: “You know [in] 16 years, a lot has happened for each of us. And 16 years ago we were all kind of big-eyed and bushy-tailed with our whole lives ahead of us — even if we were heartbroken to say goodbye to those 10 years and that family and those people and that job, we all have It was my pleasure.”
Aniston also likened her experience working on Friends to taking “a happiness pill every day,” making the reunion even more sentimental than she anticipated. Explaining her feelings, she said: “It’s nostalgic in a way that’s also a little bit melancholic. Because a lot has changed and we all went different ways. Some easy and some not so easy for any of us.”