‘Friends’: Courteney Cox Was More Like Monica Gellar Than Fans Know

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Friends is without doubt one of the hottest and iconic TV reveals of all time. For 10 years, followers laughed together with the antics of friends Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer).

The present revolves round their lives in New York City, their profession adventures, hangouts at Central Perk espresso store, and romantic escapades. The characters impressed trend traits, hairstyles (everybody wished The Rachel!), and new catchphrases, like Joey’s “How you doin’?” But had been any of the characters just like the actors who performed them? It seems Cox and her Friends character Monica had been extra alike than you realized! 

Who was Monica Geller? 

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Courteney Cox as Monica Gellar on NBC’s ‘Friends.’ | NBCU Photo Bank

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Monica works as a chef and is the mom hen of the group. She is a whole neat freak and obsessive about cleanliness, sorting her towels into 11 classes, labeling every thing in her residence, even vacuuming her vacuum in a single episode.

Monica is tremendous aggressive, a perfectionist, and could be a bit bossy, however she’s additionally level-headed, loyal, and caring. Monica and Chandler begin courting in season 5 and get married in season 7. In the sequence finale, the couple adopts twin infants, Jack and Erica. 

Cox was probably the most well-known forged member earlier than becoming a member of the present. She had already appeared within the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” She was additionally recognized for taking part in Alex P. Keaton’s girlfriend, Lauren Miller, on Family Ties and starring with Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Initially, showrunners supplied Cox the position of Rachel, however she wished to play Monica as an alternative as a result of she favored her robust character. While it’s onerous to image anybody else however Cox taking part in Monica, the character might have seemed very completely different.

“When we originally wrote the role, we had Janeane Garofalo’s voice in our head,” creator David Crane instructed Vanity Fair, “darker and edgier and snarkier, and Courteney brought a whole bunch of other colors to it. We decided that, week after week, that would be a lovelier place to go to.”

What are the similarities? 

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Fans doubtless didn’t understand simply how comparable Cox was to her perfectionist, compulsively clear, control-freak Friends character. In a 1995 interview with the Los Angeles Times, one of many present’s creators and govt producers, Marta Kauffman, revealed: “Let’s face it, she’s cute and clever and actually collectively. She is Monica. She has the best dressing room. She even cleans up the opposite actors’ dressing rooms as a result of she gained’t go in there if they’re too messy. Yet on the similar time, she will do issues which might be sudden and fantastic and actually humorous. Courteney is sarcastic. She makes me chortle on a regular basis. We’re actually fortunate to seek out an actress who can try this.”

Later within the interview, Cox admitted: “OK, I’m a neat freak. Not about myself. I don’t use a lint brush or something, and I don’t iron, however I might simply decide lint off of another person. I used to be doing, I believe it was The Jon Stewart Show, and I used to be choosing issues off of him and I assumed, ‘Oh my God, I’m identical to Monica. This is simply too scary.’ I’ve quite a lot of glass in my home, and I keep in mind saying as a joke as soon as that I clear my stuff with Windex whereas my buddies are over, however then I discovered myself truly doing that the opposite day. It’s horrible.” 

What did Cox do after ‘Friends’?

When Friends resulted in 2004, Cox and her feminine costars had been the very best paid girls on TV, netting $1 million per episode for the final two seasons. While a number of the forged struggled to achieve the identical stage of success after the sequence wrapped, Cox was one of many first to seek out one other long-term TV gig. In 2009, she started starring in Cougar Town, a component that earned Cox her first Emmy Award nomination.

Friends is at present accessible to stream on HBO Max.  

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