Friends Exposed: 30 Shocking Moments of Personal Struggles and Turmoil Behind the Laughter

By Jack Ripley | December 18, 2023

Cox Had a Creative Way of Getting Her Lines Right

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Acting in a sitcom is harder work than it looks. Actors are essentially filming an episode a week (sometimes less) in front of live studio audience, they have to memorize a script and then memorize the changes that come in. Matt LeBlanc revealed in the HBO Max reunion of the Friends cast that Cox stopped bothering with memorizing her lines, but she did it in a way that the audience couldn't notice. When he entered the apartment set he asked, "Does Courteney still have her lines written on the table?”

Courteney Cox Made Everyone Nervous

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Before the cast got to know one another they were terrified of working with Courteney Cox. Not only was she the star of the "Dancing in the Dark" video, but she had been a regular on numerous TV shows in the late '80s while everyone else was - at best - jobbing it out in movies like Leprechaun. Matthew Perry says that Cox dispelled any sense of a hierarchy early on in the show's run:

It was our second day of work, and we went outside on a break together.  She said, 'This is an ensemble show. I think we should really all try to help each other out.'