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All the Highlights From 'Friends: The Reunion'

In the run-up to Friday’s premiere of Friends: The Reunion on HBO Max, the internet has been flooded with anticipation. And despite the constant updates, the news just keeps coming—to the point that you may have trouble keeping track. The entire original cast—Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc—is there, though not as their beloved characters. Instead, they just play a trivia game, revisit the set, chat with James Corden, and welcome a star-studded list of cameos, including Reese Witherspoon, Kit Harrington, Cara Delevingne, David Beckham, Malala Yousafzai and more. Oh, and there’s a fashion show, too. Here—spoiler alert—a guide to all the highlights.

Courtney Cox admits she had cheat sheets for her lines.

Matt LeBlanc revealed that Courtney Cox would write her lines on the Friends’ kitchen table or hide them in the fruit bowl. At one point the cast mentioned how there was always a script in the sink. It was allegedly Cox’s who jokes she had memory problems.

Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer admit they had a real-life crush on each other.

“I remember saying to David, It’s going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television,” Aniston says. “Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop.” Schwimmer was even more open about his early feelings for his costar. “The first season I had a major crush on Jen, and at some point, we were both crushing on each other,” he says. (To which Aniston added, “It was reciprocated.”) “But it was like two ships passing, because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary. We always respected that.” So instead, Aniston explains, “we just channeled all our love and adoration for each other into Ross and Rachel.”

Lady Gaga duets with Lisa Kudrow.

The pair reprise “Smelly Cat,” which Gaga asserts is one of her favorite songs. She’s dressed for the occasion, with long blonde hair tied up into messy buns. “Not bad,” Kudrow assesses of her performance. But “I still think it’s better when it’s just me.”

Justin Bieber, Cara Delevingne, and Cindy Crawford star in a Friends fashion runway show.

The cast went with only the best to reprise some of the show’s most iconic looks. Among the most notable: Bieber as Ross’s tuber, Spudnik; Crawford in Ross’s leather pants; and Delevingne in Rachel’s wedding dress, complete with it tucked into her underwear, as well as an armadillo.

Matt LeBlanc reunites with his hand twin played by Thomas Lennon.

And once he steps out from the lineup, you may recognize his double: It’s Thomas Lennon, aka Lieutenant Jim Dangle from from Reno 911!

Mr. Heckles returns.

It’s brief, but the crew’s curmudgeonly neighbor (played by Larry Hankin) drops by to demand a cat and a waffle

Kit Harington says he identifies as a Geller.

The former Game of Thrones star reveals that he can relate to Ross and Monica in particular. “I’m incredibly anal,” he says, ticking off the similarities on his fingers. “I’m neurotic as hell, and I wear overly tight trousers.”

David Beckham reveals he’s a clean freak like Monica.

Beckham has something in common with a character, too. “I have to say, I’m most like Monica—I’m a bit of a clean freak,” he says. Beckham also shares in his plentiful “down time,” The One Where Everyone Is Late is his go-to for when he’s missing his family or “feeling a little bit low.”

The cast predicts the future.

It’s been 17 years since we last got any sort of update on Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey, and Ross. But the cast has a pretty good idea of how their characters have spent the nearly two decades since—including Kudrow, who admits she was too “mortified” watching herself to watch several seasons of the show. She’s convinced that Phoebe would be married to Mike, living in Connecticut, and advocating for “all the kids who are a bit different than others.” Perry predicted that he and Monica would keep in touch, with the latter “making [him] laugh every day.”

Unsurprisingly, Aniston and Schwimmer predict that Rachel and Ross, who would stick to “playing with bones and alientology,” would get together and even have kids. Cox also sees parenthood in Monica’s future: “Her kids have probably graduated but she is still in charge of the bake sale in elementary school.” As for Joey, LeBlanc imagines that Joey is following his dreams: “[He] will probably open a sandwich shop.”


Source: W Magazine

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