COURTENEY Cox is used to success, achieving worldwide fame playing Monica Geller in 10 seasons of Friends. Cox ( pictured) was so popular she earnt $ 1 million an episode for the last two seasons of the hit US sitcom. Which is partly what has made the Cougar Town experience so frustrating for the 48- year- old. Cox plays single 40- something mother Jules Cobb in the raunchy sitcom. She is also one of the executive producers. In the US, Cougar Town dropped from 11 million to 6 million viewers over its 24- episode first season. Talking to Cox in Los Angeles, Cougar Town’s future is on her mind. Q: Do you think your success on Friends was a problem forCougar Town? Were expectations too high? A: It was definitely a problem. There were so many people who loved [ Friends ]. You can’t please everybody. Q: There has been a lot of chat about a name change for the show. Why is that? A: The show was always going to be about Jules and her son and her friends. At the start, Jules had just got out of a marriage so she got out into the world and dated a lot of guys. But it was never going to be just about that. Q: Jules gets engaged to her neighbour Grayson Ellis [ Josh Hopkins] in series three. A: She’s neurotic but she’s game for anything. She’s nervous about bringing her baggage into the relationship. We’re tackling issues rather than ‘‘ will they, won’t they?’’ Q: What are the differences between you and your character Jules? A: I can’t believe how open Jules is. I would never be OK with some stuff Jules is fine with. Q: You’ve tackled executive producing and directing as well. How much of your future will be behind the camera and how much in front of the camera? A: It depends on what happens with this show. For me to be able to direct would be amazing. I love both [ acting and directing]. I love being involved in every aspect.