This following contains spoilers from Friends: The Reunion Special
It’s confirmed: Ross and Rachel were almost the real deal outside of Friends, i.e. Jennifer Anniston and David Schwimmer.
During HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion special, out now, host James Corden blankly asked cast members of the hit NBC sitcom ever engaged had any off-screen romances with each other. Aniston, 52, suggested Schwimmer, 54, comment.
“I mean, the first season, I had a major crush on Jen. At some point, we were crushing hard on each other,” Schwimmer admitted. “But it was like two ships passing, because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary. We respected that.”
“Bulls—,” Matt LeBlanc joked under his breath.
Aniston then recalled a conversation she had with Schwimmer about their first kiss. “Honestly, I remember saying one time to David, ‘It’s going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television,'” she said. “Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop.”
She continued, “So we just channeled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.”
Schwimmer also recalled how he used to cozy up to Aniston during the first couple of years. “When we had breaks from rehearsal, there were moments where we would cuddle on the couch,” he said.
“We would spoon and fall asleep on the couch,” Aniston added. As footage of a time that they snuggled together played, Schwimmer thought out loud: “I’m thinking, ‘How did not everyone know we were crushing on each other?'” To which Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox both acknowledged that they all “knew” about the two’s attraction to one another.
Schwimmer stated how ultimately, it “was a situation we couldn’t do anything about,” to which Cox, 56, said was for the best.
“How great though, ultimately,” she said. “Because if you had [acted on it] and it didn’t work out, it would have not probably been as great [on the show].”
In “real life” Schwimmer married English artist Zoe Buckman in 2010, and the two eventually went their separate ways in 2017. But the former couple remains on good terms as they co-parent their 10-year-old daughter, Cleo.
Aniston was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005 and in 2018, she split with her second husband Justin Theroux after more than two years of marriage and nearly seven years together.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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