Matt LeBlanc Just Found Out That Monica Was Supposed To End Up With Joey & He Sounds Confused AF
Think 'Friends' and we immediately think Ross and Rachel. Without a doubt one of the greatest TV romances of all time.
So we were stunned when Friends creator Marta Kauffman revealed that Joey and Monica were originally supposed to be the show's main couple. In a new book, I’ll Be There for You by author Kelsey Miller, the show runners revealed they thought the pair were the "most sexual" characters (true, tbf).
But imagine how Matt LeBlanc felt when he heard the news during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The actor was asked if he was disappointed to give the love story to his co-stars, after petitioning to make Joey's character more dimensional (and likeable) by having him think of his female friends more as little sisters than potential sexual conquests (the occasional bantery "How you doin'?" aside, of course).
"I wasn't aware of that," the actor responded, sounding pretty perplexed.
"I always thought it was Ross and Rachel. In the pilot, you can see Ross had been pining for Rachel and she shows up in a wedding dress. I didn't know that the plan was to have Joey and Monica... that's what Marta said? Marta drinks a lot!"
He went on to explain why he'd requested the change in the first place, saying: "It was purely out of self preservation. I thought, 'How long can this go on? This is something that's really working here, this ensemble, and the guy across the hall is hitting on them all the time, this is going to get old. What if he tries to sleep with every other girl in New York, except these three? They're like sisters.' And that really worked.
"Joey became sort of like this safety blanket - a protective big brother. It was fun. This one thing was purely about me trying to stay on the show!"
We can't help but wonder about the alternative Friends universe, though. Imagine it - Joey and Monica at the centre of a years-long, epic will they? / won't they? romance. Phoebe and Ross followed through on *that* pool table moment and ended up happy in the suburbs with baby Phoebo, and Rachel found love with bona fide cutie Paul Rudd, leaving Chandler to move to LA, write movies and star in his own dodgy spin-off. You've got to admit - it kind of works.
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