David Schwimmer shares ‘last hug’ with Jen Aniston from ‘Friends’ reunion

So many emotions.
Published June 8, 2021 10:09 a.m. EST
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Let’s call it “The One Where David Schwimmer is As Emotional As We Are.” The Friends reunion dropped a couple of weeks ago now on Crave, but the cast is clearly still reveling in what must have been a magical night.

Case in point is David Schwimmer, a.k.a. Ross Geller, who took to Instagram this week to share some more behind-the-scenes photos of the reunion. In a series of photos he relived memories with the cast and director both on-set and during the table read. But it’s the last photo, in which he and Jennifer Aniston are hugging, that really got fans’ attention.


“After a very long day, last hug of the night,” he captioned the snap, where he’s looking into the camera and Aniston is resting her head on his chest, smiling. In other words, Ross and Rachel forever, y’all. 

Look, you can’t blame fans for being excited. Not only did millions and millions of viewers root for these two characters to get together (yes, even when they were on a break). But during the reunion special Aniston and Schwimmer both admitted that during the first season they totally had a thing for each other in real life too.

"At some point, we were crushing hard on each other," Schwimmer said. "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."

So what about now? Both actors keep their personal lives pretty personal these days, but it would appear as though they’re both single. Is there a shot at life imitating art? Probably not, considering how good of friends they are now. Besides, all of that chemistry went into the characters in order to give us the Ross and Rachel we know today.

“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,” Aniston recalled during the reunion. “Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop. So we just channelled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.”

Other photos in Schwimmer’s post include snaps of the entire cast on-set with director and executive producer Ben Winston, as well as the group sitting on the iconic couch during the interview portion of the reunion with host James Corden.

The post is just one of several collections of behind-the-scenes photos Schwimmer has shared on social media recently, proving the reunion special was just as meaningful to the cast as it was to fans.

Need more proof? How about Courteney Cox recreating The Routine with Ed Sheeran, or the fact that Lisa Kudrow was so quick to respond to Cox and Sheeran sending her an updated version of “Tiny Dancer” with Elton John?

For now, it seems like the reunion is the last time fans will catch the cast getting back together publicly though. Cox said as much during the special, through tears. “This will be the last time that we’re ever asked about the show as a group... like, we’re not going to do this again in 15 more years,” she said.

In that case, why not re-live the reunion all over again? Stream the special or watch the series from the beginning, now on Crave.


BEFORE YOU GO: Courteney Cox says it was ‘emotional’ at the ‘Friends’ reunion


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