For over a decade, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox shared the screen on one of the most iconic shows in history – “Friends.” According to IMDb, the NBC hit series first aired in 1994 and also starred Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. Not only did the iconic television sitcom play a major role in launching their careers, but they also formed a family bond. While it’s not uncommon to get close to your co-stars, it certainly is rare.
In 2002, all six cast members took a stand together, demanding equal pay among the leads, as no actor was putting in more work than the Us Weekly. Because of their unity, the group managed to negotiate a whopping $1 million per episode. “That was the first time people were all sticking together in a cast,” Cox told Howard Stern. “It just took away the bitterness,” added Kudrow in the joint interview. The “HouseBroken” star also believes that her former co-star played a big part in the production’s decision to greenlight her salary demands. “I think Courteney had a lot to do with it too because she was the most popular,” she said.
Kudrow and Cox shared some big life moments on-and-off-air, and together they became more like sisters than friends.
Courtney Cox showed up for Lisa Kudrow at a really tough time in her life
Courteney Cox has been there for Lisa Kudrow through good times and bad. According to People, Kudrow opened up to Howard Stern about dealing with the loss of her mother, who died of complications from COVID-19 in February 2020. While that moment was incredibly tough for her, Kudrow credited her friends Cox and Jennifer Aniston with showing up to help her through it all. “These women ran for support, that was really nice,” the actor told the star (via People).
Despite being like family, Kudrow was still amazed that the ladies were able to emerge in such a short time frame and in the early stages of the pandemic. “They came to the funeral, it wasn’t much attention, and they were there,” she added.
While Cox comforted Kudrow during her mother’s death, the “Cougar Town” star had no idea that less than a year later she would be feeling the same pain. The actor revealed on Instagram that her mother died in December 2020 — just 10 months after Kudrow lost hers. “I miss my sweet mom,” she wrote for the one-year anniversary. Cox and Kudrow have proven they have a lot more in common than many realize.
Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox don’t remember filming ‘Friends’
Despite sharing a set for over a decade, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox both seem to have a bit of amnesia about being there. During a “Sunday Sitdown” interview with Willie Geist, Cox confessed that she doesn’t remember filming “Friends” and often forgets which episodes she was in. “I see it on TV sometimes and I stop and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t even remember that,'” she said. “It’s so funny.” Cox even admitted that she doesn’t even remember it remembers being in many episodes (she was in over 200!)
“When I did the reunion and was asked questions, I was like, ‘I don’t remember going there,'” she added. Though it’s been over two decades since Cox starred in many of these scenes, believe it or not — she’s not the only one whose memory is a bit hazy. During an appearance on Sirius XM’s Andy Cohen Live, Kudrow revealed that she doesn’t remember much filming either. “Courteney and I are completely in the same boat,” she told a caller. “We don’t even remember what the episodes were.”
But the most shocking revelation of all came when the ‘Space Force’ actor admitted he hadn’t watched all 10 seasons. “I know I haven’t seen all the episodes,” she added. Regardless of whether the ladies never remember anything about the show, “Friends” will always be what brought them together and what made them family.