For 10 years, Friends fans have followed Ross and Rachel’s intermittent relationship, the show culminating in an episode dedicated to their will they won’t reunite. (Seventeen year old spoiler: she got off the plane).
Now the stars Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer revealed that on-screen chemistry was also present in real life during the show’s first episodes.
Talk to the host James Corden during Friends: Reunion, in news that maybe even exceeds rumors Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s romance rekindles, the two actors admitted that they both had feelings for each other before their characters reunited.
“The first season I had a big crush on Jen,” Schwimmer said, with Aniston saying “it was mutual”.
“At one point we were both crashing, but it was like two ships were passing because one of us was still a couple,” Schwimmer continued. “And we never crossed that border. You know, we respected that, but we both… ”
So they said it never got any further – but at this point Schwimmer was interrupted by a “bull ***” from Matt LeBlanc, which sparked laughter.
But according to Aniston, it never did – and their first kiss was the one Ross and Rachel we all saw onscreen in Central Perk in season two.
“Honestly,” she protested. “And I remember once saying to David, ‘It’s going to be really disappointing if the first time you and I kiss is going to be on national television.’ Indeed, the first time we kissed was in this cafe. But we just channeled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel. ”
Aniston and Schwimmer have joined the rest of the cast for the much-publicized Friends: The Reunion, which is now available in the UK on demand on Sky and NOW.
After the crush reveal, the couple did a tabletop reading of their first kiss scene, interspersed with footage from the episode.
Schwimmer then went on to say that during filming breaks they “would often snuggle up on the couch.”
He continued, “And I think, how did everyone not know that we were crashing into each other? “
They knew, Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox tell him.
“It was a situation that… we couldn’t do nothing about it,” said Schwimmer, to which Cox replied, “It’s great but ultimately because if you had and it didn’t work…”
But what if it does, Courteney Cox?
Aniston of course married Brad Pitt, who starred in the show.
What fans will want to know now, however, are Aniston and Schwimmer single now? Hey, if JLo returns to Bennifer after 17 years, surely that’s good enough for Ross and Rachel’s real life.