ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Back in the early '90s, six largely unknown actors were cast in a new sitcom called Friends. Even back then, they had no idea how wildly successful the show would go on to be and what a wonderful journey they were about to embark on.

These days, the cast are some of the most recognizable faces in the entertainment business and words cannot describe how far they have come to get to where they are today.

Yet once in a while, it's very entertaining to look back on what they were like in the early years of Friends back in 1995. Having uncovered a selection of videos from the '90s, I thought it would be rude not to share them with you guys.

Let's take a look at what the cast looked like back then, and what they had to say about their colleagues, and most interestingly, fame - please excuse the horrendous image quality!

First of all, this is what they looked like coming out onto the talk-show:

1. Joey Tribbiani (Matt Le Blanc)

2. Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow)

3. Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry)

4. Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston)

5. Monica Geller (Courtney Cox)

6. Ross Geller (David Schwimmer)

Yep, those are some (very blurry!) images of the cast in 1995, yet as Oprah's interview begins, we get a much clearer picture of what it was like for the actors starting out on the show. Here are a few things we found out:

1. They are all really good friends

Oprah wonders what it was like to work in such an attractive group of single actors and asks them if they are actually good friends in real life too. Lisa Kudrow pipes up first:

"We're very good friends. [...] I mean, these are five people that really honestly matter to me. Yeah, honestly!

2. Courtney Cox is "the most grounded"

Although Courtney jokes that she is just as much of a snot as her character, Lisa reveals that in fact, she is the most grounded.

3. They sometimes watched the show together

Jennifer Aniston tells the audience:

"We were better about that in the beginning but we try as much as we can to get together and watch."

4. The cast were very eager to bond at the beginning

Speaking of their very first days filming the show, Matt Le Blanc shares what it was like trying to get to know one another:

"When it first started, I was just really looking forward to getting along with everyone. I think we all sort of came together with an open mind to get along and bond as quick as possible and I think that's kind of what's happened."

Yet, David Schwimmer also reveals that because none of them knew if the pilot episode was going to be picked up, the cast didn't invest too much of their emotions into the show. Also the reality that any one of them might be removed after the pilot was a very nerve-wracking thing to have to consider.

5. They all love the characters they play!

For one, Joey thinks that he is "to a certain extent" like his character. Lisa, on the other hand, is nothing like Phoebe, despite the fact that she loves to play her.

6. They haven't really experienced the fame yet

Wow, this one is interesting. Speaking of fame, Lisa admits:

"Nobody in LA cares, because they are bigger and better stars than us!"

Oh, how times have changed now!

7. Working with the monkey is hard work

David admits that above all, working with the monkey is expensive. He says:

"The monkey itself is a sweetheart. Her name is actually 'Monkey' and 'Katie' is her double. She's great. The reality is that when you're filming, you only have so much time for rehearsal and the monkey, although is trained, just can't get everything right every time and does not. [...] It's really exhausting, it takes twice as much time."

Unfortunately the audio in the clips gets pretty broken from this moment onwards...

So, unless you have the entire interview copied on an old-school VCR tape somewhere in your basement, you'll just have to imagine what other gems the Friends cast drop as the Oprah interview continues...

In the meantime, dive straight into the first three parts and watch all that was said above in more detail!

And, just to get those nostalgia feels really going, take a look at the transformation the cast underwent when they were on The Oprah Winfrey Show after Friends wrapped - here's their very last interview:


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