The “Friends” stars are the 11th cousins, researchers at online genealogy site MyHeritage have found.
They found out that Perry and Cox share distant relatives William Osbern Haskell III and Ellen Haskell, who were married and living in England around 500 years ago, the company told CNN.
Ellen and her two sons emigrated from England to America in 1635. One son, Roger, is a direct ancestor of Courteney, and the second son, William, is a direct ancestor of Matthew, they said.
The connection is made by Cox’s mother, Courteney Copeland, and Perry’s father, John Bennett Perry.
” My eyes! My eyes! Phoebe Buffay screamed when she found out they were a couple; an answer which has become one of the most famous scenes in the series, and which seems even more appropriate given the real bond of the actors.
“We went into this line very deeply, we checked every name. We’ve found a lot of records that back it up, and we’re confident they’re related, ”King Mandel, head of research at MyHeritage, told CNN.
But while the discovery of the pair’s link required a significant amount of research, it’s not particularly unusual.
“It’s not such a surprise. It makes sense that when you go back so many generations, the chances of people being connected are higher, ”Mandel said.
To find the connection, the company used various databases containing billions of historical documents, including birth and death certificates.
He also found that the two actors were linked from afar with singer Lady Gaga.
The cast of “Friends” have reunited for a one-off special, airing Thursday on HBO Max. (HBO and CNN share a parent company, WarnerMedia.)
Cox told “Good Morning America” this week that the experience of being back on the show’s old set “was so emotional we just started to cry. “