"The first season, I had a major crush on Jen. At some point, we were crushing hard on each other," David Schwimmer admitted
HBO Max's Friends: The Reunion special was one of the year's most awaited shows. The actors revealed much of what happened in real life between them during the special to host James Corden. One of the revelations made was that a 'Ross and Rachel romance' almost happened in real life between Friends costars Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer, reported PEOPLE.
The revelation happened when Corden asked point-blank if any of the cast members had engaged in off-screen romances with each other. Aniston, 52, suggested that Schwimmer, 54, should jump in. "I mean, the first season, I had a major crush on Jen. At some point, we were 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. We respected that," Schwimmer admitted. "Bulls---," Matt LeBlanc joked.
Aniston then recalled a conversation the two had about their eventual first kiss. "Honestly, I remember saying one time to David, 'It's going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television'. Sure enough, the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop. So we just channeled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel," she said, according to PEOPLE.
The special also included appearances from other cast members and celebrities who are fans of the show. An hour into the special, Kudrow started playing the iconic "smelly cat" on guitar and began to sing when she was interrupted by Lady Gaga. "I love 'Smelly Cat, It's one of my favorite songs," she told Kudrow before joining her. As the two were performing the song, they were joined by a group of singers similar to how a chorus joined Kudrow's character Phoebe while she recorded "Smelly Cat" later on the season, reported Insider.