They’ll be there for… James Burrows! In a televised event on Sunday, the Friends cast -- Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc -- reunited to honor legendary TV director and producer James Burrows. The special also featured reunions of several casts Burrows previously directed, including Fraiser, Taxi, Cheers and Will & Grace. Matthew Perry was the only “Friend” to miss out on the special event.
“We would do anything for Jim Burrows because he gave us the opportunity of a lifetime and probably the best 10 years of our acting careers that we will forever remember,” Aniston said, while her co-stars nodded in agreement.
Recalling the cast’s instant connection, Aniston went on to give fans some insight into the first season for the hit sitcom.
“In the beginning it was not a hard thing,” she noted. “We just wanted to hang out with each other… We really just fell in love and adored each other instantly and would hang out at each other’s houses and watch the show together.”
Lisa Kudrow also revealed that while the six actors were trying to get to know one another, Burrows lent a helping hand.
“We instinctively felt like we need to be friends, we need to get along, we need to connect, and so we started playing poker,” Kudrow said. “And Jimmy gave us his room so that we could have a bigger hangout room.”
“And they wrote an episode about it, actually, ‘The One With the Poker,’” Aniston added.
A few fun set secrets were also uncovered during the cast’s reunion. It turns out the show’s three leading ladies all had lunch together every day for 10 years, often eating what Cox labeled a “Jennifer salad.”
It was also confirmed that Monica and Rachel’s enormous Manhattan apartment was, in fact, rent controlled thanks to Monica’s grandmother, answering many fan questions about how the young women could afford such a spacious spot.
As for favorite moments, Aniston said, "I always loved when we would flashback to Fat Monica and Rachel pre-nosejob and Ross with his afro."
“We experienced friendship, family, heartbreak, babies, everything together. And we also had a wonderful experience with the world loving us as well. They connected with us,” Aniston said of the show’s place in TV history.