After 10 years on the air and 17 years after the final episode, “Friends” still has its secrets, and one of the biggest was revealed this Thursday (27) in a special episode aired on HBO Max. the characters Ross Geller and Rachel Green weren’t just for the cameras.
Actors David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston revealed for the first time that they felt great passions for each other in the early years of the series, but that the first time they kissed was when their characters did it on screen in 1995.
“I remember saying to David once: ‘It’s going to be so boring if the first time we kiss is on national television.’ It wasn’t another! The first time we kissed was in that coffee shop,” says Aniston in “Friends: The Reunion”. “We just channeled all our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel,” he added.
The passionate kiss in the Central Park coffee shop in season two’s “The One Ross Discovers” is considered by many to be one of the highlights of the show, which ended in 2004 with the two characters finally making a comeback.
Schwimmer and Aniston said their mutual attraction lasted for the first two years of the show, but they were never a couple off camera because they were both in relationships or in relationships with other people.
“We were both pretty infatuated with each other, but it was like two ships passing by, because one of us was always in a relationship. So we never crossed that border, you know? We respected that,” Schwimmer said.
He recalled that “in the first year or two, when we took breaks from rehearsals, there were times when we hugged each other on the couch.”
“How did everyone not know we were into each other?” he asked co-stars Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. “We knew for sure,” Cox said.
“Friends: The Reunion” comes 17 years after the comedy series about the lives of twenty-somethings in the American city of New York ended. The show remains one of the most popular on reruns and streaming platforms.