Could we BE anymore excited!? After 17 years off the air, the entire cast of the hit television show Friends came together in a highly anticipated reunion special. Friends: The Reunion, also dubbed “The One Where They Get Back Together,” was released on May 27 after being delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All six of the main cast, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, reunited to reminisce about their experience filming the iconic show. In celebration of the reunion, we took a look at the family relationships between the cast, and some special guests, in Geni’s World Family Tree.
It was recently shared in the press that Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry are cousins! This discovery was made thanks to the MyHeritage research team and Geni’s World Family Tree. On the show, their characters, Monica and Chandler, fall in love and eventually marry. Through Geni’s World Family Tree, we found that Cox and Perry are actually distant cousins. They share common ancestors, William Osbern Haskell III and Ellen Foule. Cox is a direct descendant of their son, Roger Haskell, and Perry is a direct descendant of their son William Roger Haskell, IV.
And that’s not all we found!
All six cast members shared a close bond during their time on the show, especially Cox, Aniston, and Kudrow who had lunch together every single day for the entire 10-season run of the series. The three women have continued to maintain a close friendship over the years. In fact, Aniston and Cox had recently watched old episodes and bloopers together in preparation for the reunion. They may be delighted to learn that they are also 12th cousins!
This discovery also meant we could find a family connection between Aniston and Perry. They are 10th cousins once removed.
Just like how the show had a wide range of A-list guest stars throughout its 10 seasons, the reunion was no different with a long list of special guests and celebrity super fans, including Reese Witherspoon, Tom Selleck, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and more. Many will remember that Witherspoon played Rachel’s younger sister, Jill, on the show. Today Aniston and Witherspoon are co-stars on the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show. They are also 13th cousins once removed!
Tom Selleck played Monica’s love interest, Richard, for a multi-episode story arc, ultimately appearing in a total of nine episodes. He earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his final appearance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Proposal.” In the episode, his character interrupts Chandler’s plans to propose to Monica. In real life, it turns out Selleck and Perry are 10th cousins once removed.
Friends (and Their Friends) Genealogy Project
Are you excited to watch the reunion? You can explore more interesting relationship paths between the main cast and guest stars of the hit show in the Friends (and Their Friends) genealogy project. Simply use the green pushpin to find paths between other profiles.
Share any fun and interesting paths you find below or tell us how you’re related to the cast of Friends!