Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow are seen through the “Associates” reunion. Courtesy of HBO Max
Might 27, 2021
(Comprises spoilers for “Associates: The Reunion”)
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After 10 years on the air and 17 years because the last episode, “Associates” nonetheless has its secrets and techniques, and one of many largest was revealed on Thursday in a reunion particular airing on HBO Max.
The on-again, off-again romance between characters Ross Geller and Rachel Inexperienced wasn’t only for the cameras.
Actors David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston revealed for the primary time that that they had main crushes on one another within the early years of the collection, however the first time they kissed was when their characters did so on display screen in 1995.
“I simply bear in mind saying one time to David, it’s gonna be such a bummer if the primary time you and I really kiss goes to be on nationwide tv. Certain sufficient! First time we kissed was in that espresso store,” Aniston says in “Associates: The Reunion.”
“We simply channeled all of our adoration and love for one another into Ross and Rachel,” she added.
The passionate kiss within the Central Perk espresso store within the Season 2 episode “The One The place Ross Finds Out” is extensively thought of one of many highlights of the collection, which got here to an finish in 2004 with the 2 characters lastly getting again collectively.
Schwimmer and Aniston stated the mutual attraction lasted for the primary two years of the present, however they by no means acquired collectively as a pair off-screen as a result of they have been each in relationships or between relationships with different individuals.
“We have been each crushing arduous on one another, however it was like two ships passing as a result of one in all us was all the time in a relationship. So we by no means crossed that boundary, . We revered that,” stated Schwimmer.
Schwimmer recalled that “within the very first yr or two after we had breaks from rehearsal, there have been moments after we would cuddle on the sofa.”
“How didn’t everybody know we have been crushing on one another?” he requested co-stars Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
“We knew, for certain,” stated Cox.
“Associates: The Reunion” comes 17 years after the comedy about 20-somethings dwelling in New York Metropolis ended its 10 yr run. It stays one of the widespread exhibits in re-runs and on streaming platforms.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; modifying by Diane Craft)