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She became one of Friend’s most popular guest stars thanks in part to the instantly recognizable cackle of her character Janice.
So it was fitting that Maggie Wheeler would make a surprise appearance on HBO’s reunion special Max’s Friend which was released on Thursday.
The 59-year-old actress came with series stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer to remember her time working on the classic sitcom.
She can’t miss it: Maggie Wheeler, 59, made a surprise appearance at Thursday’s Reunion of Friends by slipping into the character of Janice, Chandler Bing’s longtime girlfriend; still meeting friends
The cast created a perfect entry moment when they joked about how Lisa Kudrow had the loudest laugh on set when she was in the character of Phoebe, before showing a behind-the-scenes clip of her. bursting out laughing at an inopportune moment.
Understandably, Maggie Wheeler’s Janice didn’t want to be outclassed in the laughter competition, so she stepped in on the side of the stage.
“My God, I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!” she cried in Janice’s nasal, abrasive voice.
Janice sat on the arm of the sofa the cast was sitting on while wearing a black blazer over a black floral blouse and showing off a touch of gray.
You Can’t Be Beaten: The cast created the perfect entry moment when they joked about how Lisa Kudrow had the loudest laugh on set, though no one could outshine Maggie’s Janice; always friends
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Remember: “My God, I can’t believe you didn’t tell me! She cried in Janice’s voice as she sat down on the armrest of the sofa; always meeting friends
My boy! She shared greetings with the main cast, including a sweet hug from Matthew, who she played her longtime girlfriend.
She shared her greetings with the main cast, including a sweet hug with Matthew, who she played her longtime girlfriend.
Host James Corden’s first question to Maggie was how she created the popular character, which wasn’t very difficult for her.
“You know I have the sides of the hearing on my fax machine and it says New Yorker, and I thought, [in Janice’s voice] ” I know her. I – she lives in me, that’s all.
The actress spoke in a lower, softer voice, but she could instantly switch to Janice’s high, craggy voice.
A natural: She said the role called for a “fast-talking New Yorker,” and everything else came naturally. ‘I know her. I – she lives in me, that’s all ‘
Old Buddies: She shared greetings with the main cast, including a sweet hug with Matthew, who she played her longtime girlfriend; always meeting friends
Even though she instantly knew which voice she wanted to use for Janice, it wasn’t until she started out with her main teammate Matthew Perry that the classic laughter came to her.
“Matthew Perry is so funny, and as soon as I laid eyes on him and he opened his mouth, I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to lose him, I’m going to crack. This character needs a laugh because I’m not going to be able to go through a single scene with this guy, ”she admitted.
‘And I just looked and he and I went [Janice’s laugh] and that was it. It was just born in the moment, ”she continued.
“Thank you, Matthew, for inspiring this. And anyway everyone, oh my God, the Friends reunion, and I can be a part of it!
Inspired: It wasn’t until she started out with her senior teammate Matthew Perry that the classic laughter came to her; always a meeting of friends
Can’t help myself: ‘Matthew Perry is so funny, and the minute I laid eyes on him and he opened his mouth, I thought,’ Oh my God, I’m going to lose him. , I’m going to crack it, ”’she shared
Big moment: she laughed to face what Matthew was so funny. ‘And I just looked and he and I went [Janice’s laugh] and that was it. He was just born in the moment, ”she revealed; always friends
Maggie was already an established actress by the time of her appearances on Friends, having been featured in movies and TV shows dating back to the early 1980s.
She would go on to become one of Friends’ most popular guest stars, appearing in 19 episodes, with at least one appearance per season throughout the series from 1994 to 2004.
Since her success in Friends, the actress has maintained a constant flow of guest roles in popular series, both comedic and dramatic.
She had a starring role in the first season of the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom, Ellen, which began the same year as Friends, though she was reduced to a guest actor in subsequent seasons.
Maggie was also a popular recurring character on Everybody Loves Raymond, and played a recurring character in the animated spy comedy FX Archer.
Fixture TV: Maggie also starred in Ellen’s first season and was a popular guest star on Everybody Loves Raymond and Archer; seen in 2016 in London