“Friends” was all about a group of six friends who were in their twenties. They were trying to find their way in the world. It was one of the top-rated TV-series that lasted for over ten seasons. During this time, they have shown the experience of heartbreaks, marriages, divorces, various career changes, and even pets.
In the pilot episode, we can see the main cast look remarkably young and fresh-faced, but by the end of its ten-year run, the actresses and actors had still barely aged a day. But did you ever wonder how old they would have been when the shoot started? And were their age-matched with the characters they played?
Well, we have come up with research and some interesting facts about this T.V. series. Let’s talk about all the characters one by one.
- Matthew Perry/Chandler Bing
Matthew Perry was the youngest actor in the group. He was 25 years old when he started playing the role of famous Chandler Bing. The age of his character had to be 26 at the beginning of the series, which meant it was very close to the real one. In the show, Chandler’s birthday was more than likely around at the starting of April.
- Jennifer Aniston/Rachel Green
Rachel Green’s character was 24-25 years old when we saw her in the pilot episode of the wedding dress. In reality, Jennifer Aniston was also 25 making it near to the age of the character. However, we have noticed Rachel’s birthday month to be changed in the show a lot. Two episodes it was in May, but later it was celebrated in February.
- Lisa Kudrow/Phoebe Buffay
Lisa Kudrow was 31 when the series started, and she was the oldest cast member to star in Friends. In the show, Phoebe’s age was 27-28 years old, which was a bit far from the real one. Like Rachel, her birth date changed throughout the show.
- Courteney Cox/Monica Geller
We have noticed Monica’s age changed several times over the series, which was 24 in the pilot episode and later changed to 25 and then 26 even before the winding up of season one. Courtney was the second-oldest cast member when she was cast and aged 30 when she filmed the pilot. The age change, at one point, creates a significant character flaw when compared to the age of her brother, Ross.
- Matt Le Blanc/Joey Tribbiani
The character of Joey Tribbiani was 25-26 years old during the pilot episode. However, Matt Le Blanc was 26 during the filming of season one. During the series, Joey’s age is noticed to jump around a lot. There are many references in the series where we can determine the changes made during Joey’s age.
- David Schwimmer/Ross Geller
David Schwimmer was 27 during the pilot episode of Friends, which made him only a couple months older than his on-screen counterpart Ross Gellar who was 26-27 years old. We have noticed that in the pilot episode, he was 26 years old and quickly escalated up to 27. The writers have made many changes to Ross’s birth date. It was never clearly determined in the show.
So, finally, the secret revealed all the characters were almost the same age while playing their counterparts in the series. Even after ten years, when the show ended, they all still looked the same as they didn’t age at all. The show gained vast stardom, and fans are still crazy about watching them on TV altogether.