It’s been almost 30 years friends premiered on NBC, and it’s kind of become the ultimate comfort show ever since. It’s really no surprise why, as the constant light humor maximizes viewability, and the many guest stars who are now major faces in Hollywood give modern viewers fun 90s throwbacks during binge eating. While the guest stars were a treat for fans (and you may have even forgotten that there were some famous actors in the show), it was not always easy for the guests. Series star Jennifer Aniston now explains that the actors who guest-starred on the show were “terrified” during the experience, and the reason why makes perfect sense.
Jennifer Aniston and her five friends co-stars played their characters for an entire decade, which is more than enough time to feel comfortable on set and with each other — and build lasting relationships that last even today. But during an interview with Sebastian Stan for Varieties Actors on Actors segment, Aniston revealed that guest stars were quite “terrified” by the live audience aspect of the legendary sitcom. Here’s exactly what she said about actors’ experience with guest or minor roles throughout the series’ 10 seasons:
like a beautiful one die-hard, quote reference friends fan“I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve never really thought about the impact the live audience could have on the actors. Live audience gives a whole different energy to a showand it makes sense that filming for someone else would be a very different ball game for those not used to it.
Some pretty big movie stars, like Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, appeared on the show while it was airing, and the idea that they were nervous about filming kinda baffles me. And in fact, the legendary Tom Selleck (who played the recurring role of Dr. Richard Burke) even admitted that he was “terrified” by the sitcom atmosphere.
While Jennifer Aniston probably got used to the live audience and performing in front of a lot of people, she had other hurdles to overcome. This included the insomnia she struggled with since her time on the show† As for other stars of the sitcom, some don’t even remember many of the episodes or show content.
But friends has been completed almost 20 years and all the cast members and guest stars have come a long way since then. It might be hard to imagine the celebrity guests twitching in their boots at the attention and laughter from the spectators, but at the same time, it’s honestly a bit endearing.
All 10 seasons of friends, along with last year’s reunion special, can be streamed using an HBO Max subscription. And while you’re watching the first one, you can list the top guest stars to grace the sitcom with their presence.