The Real Life Bonds that Tie Together the Friends Cast

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Perhaps it was prescient knowledge of what was to come. Or, more likely, director James Burrow’s desire to have the cast of a show based on friendship truly jell, but the costars made it a priority to live up to their sitcom’s premise. 

“I think it was unspoken but we instinctively felt like we need to be friends, we need to get along, we need to connect,” Kudrow recalled on NBC’s Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows in 2016. So Burrows nudged them in the right direction: “We started playing poker and Jimmy gave us his room so we could have a bigger hangout room for us.”

Soon, the girls were getting together for lunch “every single day,” Cox recalled on the special, “and we ate the same food—a Jennifer salad.” (For inquiring minds, that would be a Cobb, but with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans.) Noted Aniston, “We fell in love with each other and wanted to hang out.”

The crew was so tight, that as Kudrow recently revealed during a visit on Conan, whenever son Julian, now 23, would visit set, “He’d fly” into Aniston’s lap. “Well, she’s a love bug, and that made sense. And I was always glad for anyone that Julien felt love for and felt from.” Though as a result, she continued, “At home, she’d be on TV, and he’d go, ‘Mommy!'”