Friends sadly concluded in 2004, and since then fans of the sitcom have relied on television reruns or numerous Netflix and HBO Max frenzy to keep their obsession going.
And even years later, there are still mysteries about the show that we know like the backs of our hands, which we are desperate to find out. For example, how did the actors react to Rachel and Joey’s brief affair? More importantly, what did the actors behind the characters in particular, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc think?
The show’s coupling between Joey and Rachel during Season 9 angered many fans, and apparently they weren’t the only ones. The cast certainly had strong feelings for the couple, and over the years they’ve made them clear.
In a 2018 interview with Digital Spy, the show’s executive producer / director Kevin S. Bright revealed that getting LeBlanc on board was difficult.
“At first, Matt LeBlanc didn’t want to do this story,” Bright said. “He was very strongly against it, saying that he was Ross’s friend and that the kind of friend Joey is would never go and take someone else’s girlfriend.”
Then during the Final thoughts from friends Special shortly after the series ended, LeBlanc himself shared his thoughts. “Everyone knows Ross and Rachel are meant to be together,” he said, as reported by E! New. “We spent 10 years separating them. “
Meanwhile, Aniston shared a similar sentiment about Joey and Rachel’s romance. In 2017, she told Elle (via E! News):
“I think there was a point where Joey and Rachel got together where maybe it could happen, but it didn’t. It was Ross and Rachel all along. I just don’t think Joey and Rachel could have made it.
The Friends actors can’t go back and change the past, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t feel a certain type of path about certain things that have happened. Something tells us that fans feel the same!
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This story originally appeared on Floor8 and is written by Brandy Robidoux.