It has been 12 years since the series finale of Friends was aired, but the show’s popularity has not diminished. Thanks to reruns, a new generation of viewers have also been introduced to the show. Its stories about friendships, family, love and life remain relevant to 20-somethings now as it was decades ago.
The stars of Friends have since gone on with their lives and careers. While they no longer enjoy the same popularity they had at the height of the show’s success, their fans have remained loyal. However, it does beg the question – how has the cast fared over the years?
Undoubtedly the darling of the series, Aniston remained in the public eye even after her stint as Rachel Green ended. The actress dabbled in indie films with 2002’s The Good Girl and seemingly found her niche in romance-comedies like Rumor Has It and Just Go with It. Her romantic life seemed to eerily reflect that of her character, Rachel, as she went through several relationships before finally finding her Ross in actor Justin Theroux.
She is Jennifer Aniston’s best friend on the show and in real life. On the big screen, Cox famously starred in the slasher franchise Scream. While success on the silver screen proved elusive to the erstwhile Monica Gellar, the 52-year-old found fame and fortune again on TV’s Cougar Town, a sitcom that she produced and starred in. The actress has one daughter from a previous marriage and is now engaged to Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid.
The actress parlayed her Friends success into creating several memorable characters and shows over the years. Aside from Phoebe, Kudrow has also created the character Valerie Cherish, a sitcom star whose fading career received a boost in HBO’s The Comeback. Kudrow has also kept busy with shows like Web Therapy, Scandal and Who Do You Think You Are.
The lovable Ross Gellar remains lovable even when movies like Kissing a Fool and Six Days Seven Nights did not do well in the box office. Now he has found his calling in theater and as the voice of Madagascar’s Melman the Giraffe.
The actor shocked fans with the admission that he struggled with alcoholism and addiction to prescription medications while on the show, but Perry has since cleaned up his act and turned things around. He is currently starring in a TV remake of The Odd Couple.
Out of the entire Friends characters, LeBlanc’s Joey had the longest shelf life. The actor starred in the spinoff Joey for two years before taking a break from acting in 2006. He then made a successful comeback with Episodes and a well-received hosting stint on Top Gear.
Friends ran for 10 seasons, with May 6, 2004, being its last episode. It aired every Thursday on NBC.
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