Janice is arguably one of the most memorable characters from Friends and now, more than 12 years after the beloved sitcom said goodbye, actress Maggie Wheeler is opening up about her iconic role. For the record, Wheeler sounds nothing like her Friends character!
“The laugh happened organically in the first rehearsal because I needed to find a way to laugh because Matthew Perry is so funny,” Wheeler revealed. “And working with him, I knew right away. I thought, ‘This guy’s going to make me laugh on set. I gotta be prepared, what am I going to do?’”
“So I created Janice’s laugh as a safety measure for when Matthew made me laugh,” she added.
Wheeler honed in on one specific moment when she knew she was a part of something special.
“The second time they called me,” she said. “They wrote such a great second episode and I thought, ‘Oh, I think we’re onto something here.’”
“I’ve already seen Matty,” Perry, star of The Odd Couple, told ET earlier this month. “I’ve already bumped into him twice!”
“It’s funny to see him on a lot and not run lines with him,” LeBlanc, who stars on the upcoming Man With a Plan, told ET. “It’s just strange for me. It’s like, ‘What scene are you -- why are you out here? Oh no, no, no, you’re on a different show now!’ That was 20 years ago, nevermind!”