Friends wrapped its ten-season run over 15 years ago, but there’s no question the show is still a major cultural force. Not only did the cast just reunite for an emotional two-hour reunion on HBO Max, but new fans are finding the show thanks to its availability on streaming services.
It doesn’t matter that Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, and Joey were figuring out life and love in the ‘90s and early 2000s; their storylines are still just as relevant today.
But, because it’s been so long since the show’s been on the air, it’s time to take a look at what the cast has been up to since the show wrapped in 2004. While some went on to become big movie stars (I’m looking at you, Jen Aniston), others chose a quieter path.
While David Schwimmer has worked consistently since wrapping Friends, his most famous role in recent years came when he starred as Robert Kardashian on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. His performance in the limited series even earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
David also voiced the giraffe in the Madagascar movies, has had a recurring role on the Will & Grace revival, and also currently stars in the British television series Intelligence.
As if being in one successful comedy series isn’t enough, Courteney Cox went on to star in ABC’s Cougar Town, which ran from 2009 to 2015. Courteney was also nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her performance.
As for what’s coming up next, Courtney is preparing to reunite on screen with her ex-husband, David Arquette, in Scream 5.
Matt LeBlanc earned himself a spin-off series called Joey, but the show ended up being canceled after two seasons. He then went on to star in Episodes from 2011 to 2017 and even won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical TV Series.
He was also the co-host of the British show Top Gear from 2016 to 2019 and starred in Man With a Plan from 2016 to 2020.
Lisa Kudrow may be the hardest working Friends cast member. She not only appeared in movies such as P.S. I Love You, Easy A, Neighbors, The Girl on the Train, and Booksmart after Friends wrapped, she also went on to star in a number of TV shows.
In fact, she created and starred in the Showtime series Web Therapy, which earned her an Emmy nomination, as well as HBO’s The Comeback. More recently, Lisa has appeared on shows like The Good Place, Space Force, and Feel Good.
Following his time on Friends, Matthew Perry appeared in everything from The Good Wife to Go On to The Odd Couple to Mr. Sunshine. Younger fans of Friends also know Matthew from his role in the popular Zac Efron teen comedy, 17 Again, which came out in 2009.
After breaking out as the lovable Rachel Green on Friends, Jennifer Aniston catapulted to stardom. While her high-profile relationships certainly made her a tabloid darling, her roles in movies such as The Break-Up, He’s Just Not That Into You, and Horrible Bosses proved she could succeed on the big screen.
Though she still stars in movies, she recently returned to television in The Morning Show, an Apple TV+ series that premiered in 2019. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Drama Series for her work in the first season of the critically acclaimed show.