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The 'Friends' Cast Weigh In On Where Their Characters Are Now — But Are They Right?

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The 'Friends' Cast Weigh In On Where Their Characters Are Now — But Are They Right?

It's been 17 years since Rachel got off the plane, Monica and Chandler brought their twin babies home, and everyone returned their keys to the apartment. And with HBO Max's Friends reunion finally on the horizon, it's finally time to answer the question: where are they now? The Friends cast weighed in on what their characters are up to in 2021, and, no disrespect, but I think they could use a bit more imagination.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer revealed their characters' future (or present?) in an interview with People promoting the big reunion event. Here's what they said:

  • Rachel: Aniston said she'd like to imagine that, in 2021, Rachel has started her own clothing line and was living on the Upper East Side. This seems pretty plausible, though I think the more upsetting thing about it is that she didn't mention Emma or Ross.
  • Monica: Cox said that Monica's competitive nature would still be alive and well, especially with the other moms at school. "I mean, she'd be so annoying. She'd be at the head of the PTA or something." This checks out.
  • Phoebe: As for Phoebe, Kudrow envisioned her settling in Connecticut with Mike (Paul Rudd) and their family and running "the arts program for the school." It's hard to imagine Phoebe doing something so... normal, but Mike did level her out.
  • Chandler: Perry said that Chandler "would be a wonderful father," which I definitely agree with — he had those dad jokes down for years before he even had kids. He also said that he thought Chandler would be a good comedy writer, which seems pretty random considering he worked in "statistical analysis and data reconfiguration" before going into advertising, but OK.
  • Joey: According to LeBlanc, Joey would have left acting behind to "open a chain of sandwich shops." Honestly, this one seems like the most plausible to me, especially given the fact that one of his best friends is literally a professional chef.
  • Ross: Finally, Schwimmer said that Ross would still be "playin' with bones" and teaching paleontology, but that he also might have invested in Joey's sandwich chain "and lost a lot of his savings for his kids." I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that's too dark for Friends, but definitely realistic.

For the most part, these predictions all feel pretty good, though if Schwimmer is right and Ross did lose a lot of money, then I'm guessing Rachel will have to say goodbye to her Upper East Side apartment. Maybe she and Ross will have to move in with Monica and Chandler in their house in the burbs, and the entire Friends cycle begins anew. Let us know where you think they'd be today in the comments.

The Friends reunion will premiere May 27 on HBO Max.

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