Which ‘Friends’ Stars Are Still Friends in Real Life?
It’s been more than 25 years since Friends first premiered and 16 since it ended, but many of the stars have stayed close over the years. To be honest, we’re really not surprised. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer all went through the same immense amount of fame with Friends that no one else could ever truly understand.
They may not all hang out in the same New York City apartment anymore, but they’re planning a reunion special on HBO Max — whenever the pandemic allows for it to be filmed. And they won’t be strangers to each other after all these years, since many of the stars have managed to remain real-life friends. See who in the Friends cast is still actually super close today.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow
While Aniston and Cox are the most well-known post-Friends besties, it turns out Kudrow is still just as close with the two of them. In March 2018, it was revealed that the three women keep in regular contact through a group text.
However, it turns out it may be a bit too modern of a medium for Cox. “Lisa, Jennifer, and I all have a text chain, but to me it’s too much pressure,” she admitted to Us Weekly. “I’m not into the group text chain. I really don’t like it!”
Even Kudrow did admit, “It’s a lot.” Cox pointed out, “And then you have something funny to say and you say it but then you send the text and they don’t get it.” While technology does make keeping up with old friends convenient, we totally get the pressure of trying to keep up.
More recently, Aniston, Cox, and Kudrow appeared together in a cameo for the remote version of the 2020 Emmy Awards, pulling out the schtick that they’ve been “roommates since 1994.” The trio also makes frequent appearances on each other’s social media accounts, like this pre-pandemic Instagram post from Aniston.
Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry
Joey and Chandler may have been friends on the show, but as it turns out — they’re BFFs in real life, too. In 2016, LeBlanc said of Perry, “I saw him yesterday. I love that guy! I can not see him for five years and then get in a room together and still have that shorthand with each other. It’s amazing, really. Ten years in a building with no windows and the doors locked, we got to know each other pretty well.”
The duo has supported each other’s ventures since the end of Friends, including LeBlanc attending a play Perry wrote in 2016 called The End of Longing.
They’re all like family
While some Friends stars have remained closer than others, they’ll clearly always be there for each other. LeBlanc raved about the Friends cast in 2016, “I love all five of them. We spent a lot of time together.”
Even though LeBlanc and Perry didn’t get invited to Aniston’s 2015 wedding to Justin Theroux, they didn’t seem to take it personally. “I think they’re a great couple. I think she’s happy. And that’s all I care about is that Jen’s happy,” LeBlanc said at the time, before anyone would suspect their eventual divorce. “If she wanted me there, I would have been there,” LeBlanc did also point out.
Nevertheless, he still only had amazing things to say about Aniston and the entire Friends cast. “Jen’s like my little sister,” he told People. “Courteney and Lisa are like my big sisters, but Jen’s like my little sister. Matthew’s like my little brother, and David’s like my big brother. That’s how it all broke down. And it’s literally just like chronological.”
Kudrow even told the Today show in 2017, “We have convened, privately, for dinner, and it was great.” LeBlanc has gone so far as to say that Kudrow put more effort into the friendships with her co-stars than into her longtime marriage to Michael Stern.
The pandemic has obviously put a stop to any cast reunions for now, but all six of the original Friends have indeed gathered together before. In fact, a blurry selfie of the six of them was Aniston’s debut post to Instagram in 2019. Here’s hoping 2021 will bring about more reunions from our favorite ensemble cast.