Any Friends fan will know that an over-the-top “OH. MY. GAAWWD” from Janice was always a sign that hilarious antics were to follow, but who is Janice in real life and what does she actually sound like?
Well – as a new interview with This Morning has revealed – Chandler Bing’s on-off lover was played by an actress named Maggie Wheeler and Maggie Wheeler sounds NOTHING like her on-screen persona Janice Litman Goralnik.
Sitting with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on the British TV show, the actress opened the segment with Janice’s famous “Oh. My. God” catchphrase, something which she says she “never” tires of doing.
During the interview, Maggie – who actually possesses a very smooth voice in real life – explained how the character of Janice developed throughout her time on the famous sit-com.
She said: “The laugh happened organically in the first rehearsal, because I needed to find a way to laugh, because Matthew Perry is so funny.”
“I thought, ‘This guy’s gonna make me laugh on set, I've gotta be prepared. What am I going to do?’ So I created Janice’s laugh just as a safety measure for when Matthew made me laugh.”
Maggie also revealed how she came to the show for one episode as part of a “one shot deal” and how happy she was when the writers consistently chose to bring back her beloved character.
With all the laughs she’s given us over the years, we couldn’t imagine Friends without Janice.