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Friends wouldn't be Friends without Phoebe Buffay, let's get that straight. The iconic, quirky character always saw life through another lens, and had a neverending supply of enviable vintage rings.

But according to the actress who played the hilarious character, Lisa Kudrow, playing the role wasn't easy for her. She even needed her co-star's help to handle the pressure.

The 56-year-old comedian made her comments while hiking with Kevin Nealon for his YouTube web series Hiking With Kevin yesterday.

Kudrow is a graduate of the prestigious Vassar College, where she majored in biology. She later rose to fame with her popular, slightly ditzy role on Friends for 10 series, until 2004.

"I had played dumb girls, sure. But it wasn't really me," Kudrow told Nealon.

"I feel like s**t, I tricked them. At the audition, I was the only one who could cope with the audition process and that's how I got it, I think. So I had to work hard at being Phoebe, you know."

LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the show, noticed something was up and gave Kudrow a much-needed pep talk.

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"And then like third season in, I was struggling so much," she said. "And Leblanc was like, 'What's going on with you?' And I said, 'I can't, I don't think I have it, I mean, I don't know what I'm doing.'

"And he went, 'You're her, relax, you got it. You've been doing this f**king character for three years. You're working too hard. That's your problem. You don't need to work this hard. Relax.' He was right."

Kudrow also revealed that she has never actually watched an episode of Friends. "I should," she said. "I hear it's good."

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Anyone who's everyone watched Friends back in the day. It remains one of the most popular shows of all time, spanning 10 seasons and earning millions of viewers per episode.

The lead actors became stars overnight after the show began airing in the early 1990s, and it's no surprise they wanted to keep some mementos after a decade of working on the project together.

Lisa Kudrow has shared a photo of the gift which Matthew Perry gave her after they wrapped up filming, and it's UNREAL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Matthew bagged Monica's cookie jar for Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay on the classic sitcom. The instantly recognisable prop now sits in the star's home, where she probably puts her granny's infamous Nestlé cookies.

The 55-year-old showed the jar to her 1.6 million followers on Instagram, and Friends fans freaked out, as predicted. She captioned the snap; "My wrap gift from Matthew Perry…”ooh, look at the time, I’ve gotta go.”" BLESS HER.

Lisa had previously explained the tale behind Matthew's choice of present to Comedy Central.

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"It’s this cookie jar that was in Monica and Rachel’s apartment, and there’s a clock face on it,’ she began. "He gave it to me because… I had a scene where I was supposed to say, “Ooh, look at the time, I gotta go!”" she said.

"Well, I wasn’t wearing a watch. Because we’d rehearsed it but no one thought about it. As we were shooting, and the audience was there… it was coming up and I was like, uh oh, I’m about to say, “Look at the time.” I don’t see a watch… there’s no clock anywhere…"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued the story;

"So I point to the cookie jar and say, “Look at the time, I gotta go!” So afterwards Matthew Perry went, “Did you point to the cookie jar and say ‘look at the time’?” It was the dumbest fix, so lame… and then David Crane came over and said “what are you looking at?”’

"It was so stupid of me… that’s my fix! He asked Warner Bros, he got special permission and he gave that to me." Awww, gowan Matthew. What a great pal.

Matt LeBlanc was also asked about props which he stole on the show, and he revealed he took the Magna Doodle on the back of Chandler and Joey's door for an electrician who drew the artwork for every episode;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the show, also revealed that he keeps the foosball from Chandler and Joey's foosball table in his tool kit.

We'd probably have tried to leave the show with the entire of Monica Geller's apartment and the contents of Rachel's wardrobe.

We absolutely love all of these nostalgic on-set Friends stories, give us more please?

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Former Friends actor Matthew Perry has been battling addiction for many years, but his fans are worried about his welfare after his latest tweet.

The 49-year-old's weight has hugely fluctuated over the years of his substance abuse, with reports of pancreatitis after his Vicodin addiction and use of methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol. 

He entered rehab in 1997, 2001 and 2015, the BBC reported. He also told that publication in 2016 that he barely remembered filming three seasons of Friends.

He tweeted this morning; "I got kicked out of therapy today," leading many fans to worry that he's slipping back into substance abuse.

The post comes only five months after he tweeted in September that he had spent three months in hospital to undergo surgery to repair a ruptured bowel.

He told his followers, "Three months in a hospital bed. Check."

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He spoke to ABC News in 2018, saying; "Mostly it was drinking and opiates. I think I was pretty good at hiding it from my Friends co-stars but eventually people are aware."

The actor says he has used his abuse issues to aid fellow addicts, telling The Hollywood Reporter:

"I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades, but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, 'Will you help me stop drinking?' I will say, 'Yes. I know how to do that.'" 

We wish him a healthy recovery, and hope that he's taking care of his mental health too.

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We'll be honest with you; this story baffles us.

Now, we can all relate to fangirling HARD over a movie franchise, tv programme or celebrity (*cough* Michael B Jordan, AKA The Snack *cough*) but this YouTuber took things pretty damn far all on her lonesome.

Chi with a C has become a viral sensation after recreating the entire first episode scene-for-scene of famous New York sitcom Friends

Despite having zero props and costumes, and only a Macbook green-screen for company, the superfan made the pilot episode all by herself and we are IMPRESSED.

It must have taken her hours and hours of work, and we're pretty sure she was procrastinating some kind of college work but boy did she commit.

She did it all in her pyjamas too, for an…alternative…costume wardrobe. Not bad for a cast of one though, we have to say

The YouTuber uses her channel for comedy purposes, as you may have guessed.

The comedian-in-training previously turned herself into Sharon Osbourne and even recreating Thank U Next with whistles alone. Alright then, each to their own..

She's got ten seasons of Friends material to dissect should she please, she seems to have the spare time on her hands anyways.

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With ten seasons of Friends, we like to think that they all really were BFFs and hung out drinking coffee all the time.

However, when the news surfaced that Jennifer Aniston didn't invite Matt LeBlanc or Matthew Perry to her wedding last year, we were totally devo. *Sobs*.

But now we have some good news about the old Friends, and according to Matt, Joey and Chandler are still the best buddies.

While Matt was at the TCA press tour promoting his new TV show, he told the crowd: "I saw him yesterday. He's one stage away. I love that guy.

"I can not see him for five years and then put me in a room with him and it'd be like I saw him yesterday."

AWWW. Can't deal.

 

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Phillip Schofield may be a successful television presenter but his true claim to fame is that he appeared in an episode of the infamous US sitcom, Friends. 

Well, his voice appeared. 

Yep, while interviewing former Friends actor Matthew Perry on This Morning, Phillip revealed that his laugh can be audibly heard in the audience during a particular scene in the show. 

While the 53-year-old is very excited by this small part in Friends, Matthew was less than impressed. 

"I think we have to talk about how much free time you have," said the actor. 

Watch the hilarious clip below: 

 

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Matthew Perry opened his first West End show in London yesterday and let's just say that initial reactions are not good. 

The End of Longing tells the tale of a bunch of troubled New York 30-somethings as they struggle to find love, happiness and contentment. 

So pretty much a Friends sequel then…

"There’s little disguising the fact that it is essentially a dud…" came the Telegraph's review of the play. 

"It all feels like a curious waste of time, money and effort – and I’m sure I won’t be the only one watching this rickety star vehicle who’s left longing for the end."

Ouch. 

Other critics noted the play's gendered stereotyping as in a review done by the Independent. 

"It is a woeful attempt at a dark-but-redemptive rom-com, drawing on Perry’s own experiences of addiction…"

"Perry’s gendered clichés are as stale as a drunk’s morning breath."

Despite many criticising Matthew for giving his own character all the best lines, the Guardian had some positive comments for Matt's performance. 

"Perry, with his permanent stubble and greying hair, is certainly a beguiling presence and generously gives his character most of the play’s best lines."

The actor had missed the upcoming Friends reunion to star in the play and we just hope it's worth it. 

Let's hope Matthew's fans will enjoy the show more than the critics. 

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Friends fans (i.e. the majority of the world's population) got a huge surprise this week when it was revealed the cast would be reuniting.

Plans for a once-off TV special, organised by NBC in honour of sitcom director James Burrows, were said to feature an appearance from everyone' favourite New Yorkers, back together for one last time.

However before we even got an inkling of what form the reunion would take – A brand new episode?! A flashback?! A look to the future?! – our hopes were already shot down by none other than Matthew Perry.

According to a statement from his rep, Matthew is due to be in the UK at the time of the TV special and so won't be featuring. Meaning that whatever happens, we'll only get to see five sixths of the legendary cast.

"Regarding Matthew Perry and the James Burrows tribute, Matthew will not be attending, as he is in London in rehearsals for his play," the actor's rep Lisa Kastelar told Us Weekly last night.

"NBC executives were aware of this prior to their TCA announcement yesterday. Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for."

Ouch. Way to ruin our hopes, Lisa.

Of course, NBC had warned that there might be some issues getting the cast together, saying that "logistically" it might not work.

We have our fingers crossed for a miracle, however.

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This actor has opened up about his long-term struggles with drug and alcohol addiction in a video which was released yesterday on his 46th birthday.  

Matthew Perry battled with addiction for a long time, including while he was working on the world famous sitcom Friends. 

The 46-year-old opened up about his past saying he has "learned a lot" from his previous failures and he is now sober. 

In the video he speaks about how important rehabilitation facilities are as "getting sober is a really hard thing to do".

He says breaking such an addiction is all about hope and that "you can't have a drug problem for 30 years and expect to have it solved in 28 days."

Matthew explains his own struggles saying that he is by nature an extremely private person, but by being on a TV show which had over 30 million people watching it, people were well aware of what was happening. 

During the ten seasons of Friends it was clear that the actor was really struggling as his weight fluctuated a lot and looking back on it all he says "I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life."

Although he had a difficult past, he is happy that he can now use that to help others. 

"The best thing about me is that if an alcohol comes up to me and says can you help me stop drinking? I can say yes."

Following the filming of Friends, Matthew went on to star in movies such as 17 Again, The Whole Nine Yards and Three To Tango. 

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Friends may have ended over a decade (!) ago, but we can still recite just about every major quote from the entire ten series. Plus, thanks to E4, box sets and the joys of YouTube, even if you weren't a diehard fan you've no doubt been subjected to repeated viewings of every episode since the show finished in 2004.

As self-confessed Friends addicts, now and forever, we were delighted to discover that there was on scene in particular we had yet to see.

Back in 2001, the crew behind Friends wrote and filmed a scene in which Monica and Chandler are apprehended at the airport and accused of being terrorists as they head off on their long-awaited honeymoon to Cancun. The reason? Chandler starts joking about bombs within earshot of security, of course.

The episode was due to air in late September of that year but had to be completely rewritten after the tragic events of 9/11 two weeks before the scheduled air date.

Although the full deleted scene first leaked a few years back, it's been popping up on social media again over the last 24 hours. We're not sure why but we aren't going to question it… anything for more of Chandler's antics, please.

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We were really hoping that the entire cast of Friends still hung out together in coffee shops and each other's apartments, but the fact that some of the lead cast members were not invited to Jennifer Aniston's wedding shows otherwise. 

Jennifer got married to Justin Theroux at her home last Wednesday in front of 70 guests, but Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer were MIA. 

Matthew and Matt confirmed on Monday that they were not invited to their co-star's wedding and it seems they didn't even know it was happening. 

Matthew, who played Chandler for ten years, told Entertainment Tonight "I was surprised, I didn't know about it." But despite not receiving an invite he went on to say that he was "very happy for them."

As for Matt LeBlanc, he also expressed his well-wishes for his former co-star saying "I wasn't there, so I wish her the best."

However it seems the girls from the television show were reunited as Matt explained that "The girls were there. You've got to have the girls there."

Despite the invite snub, there are no hard feelings between former colleagues, as the guys said the wedding reception "was small", hence why Joey, Chandler and Ross were not there to complete the Central Perk gang.

"Everybody is okay," said Matt, giving a shout out to his pals Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.

Although the actors were not invited, the wedding was not short of several A-list celebrities. Orlando Bloom, Chelsea Handler, Tobey Maguire and Howard Stern were all in attendance, with Jimmy Kimmel officiating the ceremony. 

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The creator of Friends has revealed how the audience reaction to Monica and Chandler hooking up in London, changed the whole course of the television series. 

Marta Kaufman explained how that was meant to be a one-off but the fans reacted so favourably to it that she decided to rewrite how the rest of the series would pan out.

"We had no idea what response that was going get," said co-creator Marta Kaufman at the ATX Television Festival.

When the moment unfolded in front of a live studio audience, they were so shocked to see Monica pop up from underneath the covers with Chandler that they started screaming, and filming had to be stopped."

She added: "We thought it was going to be funny and we were going to get rid of it.

"Suddenly the audience told us they had been waiting for that and we had to rethink how we were going to keep going and change the relationship."

Fans of the popular television show, which ran for a decade, told the creators loud and clear that this was they moment they had been waiting for and thus the relationship took centre stage, taking over from Ross and Rachel. 

Marta had previously revealed that Monica and Joey had initially been intended as the main couple on Friends because "they just seemed the most sexual of the characters".

This got us thinking how much we LOVE Monica and Chandler as a couple and the series would not have been the same without some of their best bits…

 

The one when Chandler admitted his love for Monica

The one where Phoebe found out

The one where they got engaged

The one where they adopted the twins

Basically any episode when they were THE MOST adorable couple ever..

Like here..

And here… #couplesgoals

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