Warning: This story incorporates main spoilers from “Friends: The Reunion” on HBO Max.
Turns out the small display’s largest love affair wasn’t only a must-see-TV fantasy.
David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston dropped a significant bombshell within the “Friends: The Reunion” particular on HBO Max: Ross and Rachel’s tortured sexual chemistry on NBC’s legendary Thursday night time sitcom really spilled over into actual life.
Yes, break or no break — these turned on co-stars had been completely scorching for one another.
“The first season, I had a major crush on Jen,” Schwimmer, 54, admits in the course of the much-hyped unscripted celebration. “At some level we had been each crushing arduous on one another — however it was like two ships passing [in the night], as a result of one among us was at all times in a relationship.
“We never crossed that boundary — we respected that,” Schwimmer claims, a lot to the foul-mouthed skepticism of one among his castmates — however extra on that later.
Aniston, 52, backs up Schwimmer’s beautiful confession, earlier than they each go into deeper element about their steamy on-set make-out periods — and whether or not or not their co-stars had been in on the long-simmering secret.
“I remember saying at one point to David, ‘It’s going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is … on national television!’ Sure enough, the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop,” Aniston says. “So we just channeled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.”
The reunion, which was delayed for months by COVID-19 and premiered Thursday on HBO Max, introduced collectively actors Schwimmer, Aniston, Courteney Cox, 56; Lisa Kudrow, 57; Matt LeBlanc, 53; and Matthew Perry, 51, to mirror on the present’s standing in popular culture — and to supply juicy behind-the-scenes secrets and techniques. (Hey, they weren’t paid a reported $2.5 to $3 million every for nothing, of us.)
The sure-to-stun-fans revelation by Schwimmer and Aniston was prompted by a “cheeky” commentary from controversial host James Corden, who says, “You were all young, hot, good-looking, successful actors … It’s inconceivable to me that there weren’t perhaps off-screen romances.”
Meanwhile, LeBlanc revels in stirring the eagerness (uh, lobster?) pot. In response to Schwimmer’s suggestion that he and Aniston saved issues platonic off-camera, LeBlanc coughs and blurts, “Bulls–t!” — then laughs and says, “I’m kidding!”
Could they be any extra evasive?
However, Schwimmer goes on to confess, “There were moments we would cuddle on a couch” — with Aniston teasing in reply, “We would spoon and fall asleep on the couch.” Plus, fellow “Friends” forged members Cox and Perry affirm that they had been conscious of lovelorn Aniston and Schwimmer’s emotions for one another.
When their scorching crushes formally acquired lit — and how lengthy they burned — is anybody’s guess.
But let’s break this down a tiny bit: Ross and Rachel’s first kiss occurs within the Season 2 episode “The One Where Ross Finds Out,” which aired on Nov. 9, 1995.
And Aniston allegedly had her first date with beau Brad Pitt, 57, in 1998. (They married in 2000 and infamously break up up in 2005.)
However, Aniston once told Rolling Stone that they first met in 1994 — placing Pitt squarely within the timeframe she mentioned she had been hoping to smooch Schwimmer. “Friends” aired from 1994 to 2004.
“Friends: The Reunion” is streaming now on HBO Max.