Where are the ‘Friends’ now?
Jennifer Aniston, ‘Rachel’
Always the most famous and well known of the cast, Jennifer Aniston looked set to take over the industry. Unfortunately, she is more recognized now for her personal life than her career. After starring in “Marley and Me” and “He’s Just Not That Into You,” it looked like Aniston’s career was about to take off. Since then, she’s starred in “The Bounty Hunter” and “The Switch,” both of which failed at the box office. Her newest movie, a romantic comedy with Adam Sandler, isn’t set to fare much better—it currently holds a 19 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Courteney Cox, ‘Monica’
The only “Friends” cast member not to be nominated for an Emmy, Courteney Cox has also had her career lows. Three years after the end of the series, Cox starred in and produced the FX show “Dirt,” which featured her as the head of a TMZ-like tabloid. After it was canceled, Cox guest starred a few times on “Scrubs,” but was otherwise AWOL until 2009. Starring in and producing her own show again, Cox now stars in ABC’s “Cougar Town,” which is relatively well respected by both critics and viewers. On top of that, Cox will also be starring in the revamp of the “Scream” series (“Scream 4”) when it is released April 15.
Lisa Kudrow, ‘Phoebe’
Lisa Kudrow may have kept herself out of the spotlight, but she has managed to keep herself in the industry’s memory. Although she hasn’t had any headline performances, Kudrow has appeared in eight movies since the end of “Friends,” most recently “Easy A,” which was both commercially and critically successful. She also starred in her own HBO series “The Comeback” for one season, which, while canceled, was lauded by critics. This year, Kudrow is set to release “The Other Woman” with Natalie Portman and the romantic comedy “Ten Year” with more than 15 other stars.
Matt LeBlanc, ‘Joey’
Matt LeBlanc had it rough. Yes, he got his own “Friends” spin-off, “Joey,” in which his beloved character moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Unfortunately, the show flopped and will be used as an argument against spin-offs for years to come. After the show’s cancellation, LeBlanc stayed quiet for a while until his new Showtime series “Episodes” debuted last month. Thankfully, the show actually has some promise. LeBlanc may actually have a success on his hands.
Matthew Perry, ‘Chandler’
As with most of the other friends, Matthew Perry’s first show after the series’ end, the Aaron Sorkin-produced “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” failed. Perry didn’t find much success elsewhere until he starred alongside Zac Efron in “17 Again,” in which he is transformed into his 17-year-old self. The film, while not exclusively Perry’s, managed to make $136 million worldwide. Just this past week, Perry’s new show “Mr. Sunshine” premiered as a mid-season replacement on ABC. Make sure to catch the second episode Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
David Schwimmer, ‘Ross’
David Schwimmer has been the least active of all of the friends. Aside from guest starring in a few shows, Schwimmer has just one claim to fame: Melman, a lovable giraffe in the animated “Madagascar” series. Granted, both installments have been wildly successful. The third film in the series is scheduled for release in 2012. Other than that, Schwimmer made his feature-film directorial debut in 2007 with “Run, Fatboy, Run,” which holds a 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and made $34 million worldwide.