James Michael Tyler
It’s been 25 years since Friends debuted and you’ve probably done more than one interview in that time. What’s the question that every journalist leads with? Were they really friends? And, um, were they?
Of course they were. Our question is, did you actually have pants on behind that counter? We never really saw Gunther from the waist down. Well, we had codes and regulations. So generally, I wore pants. And what’s the thing the fans always want to know? Was that your real hair? The answer is no – it was bleached every two weeks for a decade. Being immortalised as Lego for the show’s 25th anniversary must have been a career highlight. It was amazing. I was unaware. I got a text from a friend that said, “Dude, you’re Lego.” I thought “Lego” must be a new millennial insult. There will likely never be a reunion, but if there was, what would Gunther be up to now? I hope he’d be over Rachel and with someone else, own Central Perk and maybe have a couple of kids with hair as bright as the sun. Friends is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. All episodes are available now to stream on Stan.