It looks like Jennifer Aniston is ready for the break (see what we did there?) to be over. The actor said goodbye to her Friends character Rachel Green back in 2004, but during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (weekdays at 3pm ET on CTV) this week, Aniston admitted that she would be open to returning to the role that made her and the entire cast global superstars. Um, we’re listening!
In a sneak peek clip of Wednesday’s episode, Ellen asks Aniston whether she would consider appearing in a Friends revival. “Why not?” says Aniston. “You know what, because, listen, I told you this. I would do it.” Aniston added that she believes the rest of the cast, including Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry would all be game as well. ““The girls would do it. And the boys would do it, I’m sure,” said Aniston, adding “Listen. Anything could happen.”
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For fans of the groundbreaking sitcom, hearing that there’s the possibility it could return to the small screen is about as exciting as booking a guest spot on Days of Our Lives, but we may want to hold off on breaking out our oversized novelty coffee mugs and rushing to the hairdresser to demand the ‘Rachel Cut’ just yet. One, because that hairstyle never looked as good on anyone as it did on Jennifer Aniston. And two, because this isn’t the first time Aniston has said she be up for a reunion and yet, we still have no reunion.
In February 2018, Aniston appeared on The Ellen Show and true to form, DeGeneres once again asked her friend about a Friends reunion. Aniston continued to keep fans’ hopes alive without actually confirming that there’s even the whiff of a reunion taking place. “Anything is a possibility, Ellen,” said Aniston. “Anything. I mean, George Clooney got married.”
The cast of Friends have frequently been asked about a reunion over the years and we’re not as sure as Aniston that everyone would be on board. In 2018, Schwimmer told Meghan Kelly Today that he wouldn’t want to see the characters on “…crutches and walkers” (that’s a lot of aging in 15 years) and Kudrow told Conan that seeing the six friends with the same problems in their 50s that they had in their 20s would be ‘sad’.
At the 2016 Austin Film Festival, Friends co-creator and writer Marta Kauffman told a panel that there will never be a reunion, saying “They’d all be older, and it wouldn’t be the same, and people will only end up feeling disappointed, and then I’ll be embarrassed, and it would be terrible.”
So, maybe we shouldn’t get our hopes up too much. But Ross never thought he would be with Rachel, so surprises can happen anytime. Until then, we’ll just have to settle for watching reruns on a constant loop and turning our living room into Rachel and Monica’s apartment with a little help from Ikea. Don’t forget to pivot when moving the couch.