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Jennifer Aniston says kissing ‘Friends’ crush David Schwimmer was ‘enjoyable’ – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Jennifer Aniston says kissing ‘Friends’ crush David Schwimmer was ‘enjoyable’

Jennifer Aniston expressed her delight in kissing David Schwimmer and dismissed any notion of it being “weird.” The actress, known for her role in the hit TV show “Friends,” admitted to having a crush on her co-star and revealed that their onscreen smooch in Season 2 was quite enjoyable. In an interview on “Live with Kelly and Mark,” which originally aired in March but was replayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Aniston, 54, shared that she and Schwimmer, 56, channeled their love and adoration for each other into their characters, Ross and Rachel.

During the “Friends: The Reunion” documentary in 2021, Schwimmer confessed that he had a major crush on Aniston during the show’s first season, and Aniston confirmed that the feelings were reciprocated. However, they never acted on their attraction due to always being in relationships and respecting boundaries.

Aniston clarified in an interview with Howard Stern that they never got together off-screen. She described Schwimmer as lovely and great, but the timing was never right for them. Despite their unrequited feelings, the show’s producers were aware of the intense chemistry between them on set. Executive producer Kevin Bright revealed that it was a hot topic among the cast and crew, with many suspecting that something more than acting was happening between Aniston and Schwimmer.

Co-creator Marta Kauffman admitted that it was pretty obvious, although they never directly asked the actors about their relationship. The characters they portrayed, Ross and Rachel, went through numerous ups and downs, including a breakup, an unplanned pregnancy, a drunken wedding, and a divorce, before finally reuniting in the season finale.

In conclusion, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer shared a mutual attraction during their time on “Friends,” but they never acted on it outside of their onscreen relationship. The show’s producers and creators were aware of the chemistry between them, which added to the authenticity of their characters’ tumultuous love story.

Jennifer Aniston said that “pivot” to kissing David Schwimmer was lovely.

The actress, who had a crush on her “Friends” co-star, said there was nothing “weird” about the two smooching each other onscreen for the first time in Season 2.

“It was quite enjoyable, actually,” the actress, 54, told Ryan Seacrest on Thursday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Mark” in an interview that originally aired in March.

The segment was a replay due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike which prevents actors from promoting their work.

“You and David in the early years had a crush on each other,” Kelly Ripa noted, to which Aniston replied, “Yes, we did. We just let it play out on TV.”

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Jennifer Aniston on Live with Kelly and Ryan
Jennifer Aniston said that she and “Friends” co-star David Schwimmer “channeled all of our love and adoration” into their first on-screen kiss.
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Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer in Friends
The actress described the scene as “quite enjoyable.”
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“Sure enough, the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop,” the “Morning Show” star added. “So, we just channeled all of our love and adoration for each other into [their characters] Ross and Rachel.”

During the “Friends: The Reunion” documentary in 2021, Schwimmer, 56, confessed that he had harbored a “major crush” on Aniston during the show’s first season.

Aniston shared that the feelings were “reciprocated.”


Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer in Friends
During the “Friends” reunion in 2021, Schwimmer confessed to having a “major crush” on Aniston.
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Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer in Friends
The “Morning Show” star said the feelings were mutual.
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“At some point, we were both crushing hard on each other, but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary,” Schwimmer added. “We respected that.”

Aniston has also sworn that they never acted on their feelings off-screen.

“He was lovely, David was great,” Aniston told Howard Stern in a 2021 interview. “But no, we never, on my life [got together] … We were in relationships and it was always never the right time and it wouldn’t have worked.”


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Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer in Friends
The two never acted on their crush outside of the show.
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The show’s producers were well aware of the couple’s attraction to each other at the time.

“It was a very hot topic on the set because the electricity between in the scenes was like, ‘Oh my God, they can’t be acting that, there’s got to be something,’” executive producer Kevin Bright said in a May 2021 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“Everybody was suspicious that something was going on,” he added.


Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston in Friends
Their characters endured lots of ups and downs before finally ending up together.
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Co-creator Marta Kauffman agreed.

“It was pretty obvious,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “We didn’t know for sure because we never asked either of them, but yes, we thought that perhaps might be going on.”

Aniston and Schwimmer’s onscreen characters, Ross and Rachel, had a tumultuous relationship that included a breakup, baby conceived in a one-night stand, a drunken wedding in Las Vegas followed by a divorce, before finally ending up together in the season finale.

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