36 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Friends You Definitely Don’t Know
There were MULTIPLE CASTING OPTIONS.
Shows often go through a lot of changes when they’re in the development stage — and that includes casting changes. When it came to coming up with the final Friends cast, it’s hard to believe that there were other options besides the original six. Producers thought that Courteney Cox would make a great Rachel Green, but she actually wanted to play Monica Geller. Both Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch auditioned for the role of Phoebe Buffay while Jon Cryer auditioned to play Chandler Bing. Eric McCormack also auditioned to play Ross Geller. Of course we all know how this ends: Courteney is cast as Monica, Jennifer Aniston is cast as Rachel and Lisa Kudrow was cast as Phoebe. For the males, Matthew Perry got the role of Chandler, David Schwimmer got to be Ross and Matt LeBlanc got to be Joey Tribbiani.