See Your Favorite Exes From ‘Friends’ Then and Now
Over the course of 10 seasons, we watched our favorite ‘Friends’ date (and date, and date), often with disastrous and hilarious and heartwarming results. It’s hard to believe the show ended 10 years ago, and to celebrate the anniversary of the ending of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, we’re revisiting the dating history of Monica, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Ross, and Phoebe. Join us as we take a look back at some of their most memorable significant others, and see where those actors are now. You won’t find Jon Favreau or Paul Rudd on this list — we know what those guys are up to — but let’s check in with Janice and Mona, Paolo and Tag, and, yes, even that awful Roger.
Cosimo Fusco, Paolo
Then: Cosimo Fusco played Paolo, whom Rachel meets in season 1 during the blackout, just as Ross is finally about to ask her out. Their relationship makes Ross intensely jealous, of course, but it doesn’t last for too long.
Now: Fusco has mostly appeared in movies and TV shows in his native Italy, though you may have seen him in ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ or ‘Angels in Demons.’ He also had a role on the HBO series ‘Rome.’
Maggie Wheeler, Janice Hosenstein
Then: Played by Maggie Wheeler, Janice Hosenstein (eventually Litman-Goralnick) was one of the longest recurring characters on the show. Janice and her nasally voice were introduced in season 1, and she became an on-again/off-again love interest for Chandler — she even dated Ross once.
Now: Wheeler had recurring roles on shows like ‘Ellen’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ and guest starred on ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ More recently, she lent her voice to episodes of ‘Archer,’ had a recurring role on ‘Californication,’ and guest starred on ‘Hot in Cleveland.’
Vincent Ventresca, Fun Bobby
Then: Vincent Ventresca played Fun Bobby, Monica’s life of the party boyfriend — though it’s later revealed the reason behind his fun attitude is alcoholism.
Now: You probably also remember Ventresca from his role in ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.’ He had leading roles on the shows ‘Boston Common’ and ‘The Invisible Man,’ and has more recently guest starred on ‘CSI,’ ‘Nikita,’ and ‘Psych.’
Fisher Stevens, Roger
Then: Fisher Stevens, best known for his roles in ‘Short Circuit’ and ‘Hackers,’ played Roger, the psychologist Phoebe is dating in season 1, and who quickly annoys everyone with his assessments of their issues.
Now: Stevens appeared in films like ‘Uptown Girls’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Anything Else,’ and starred on the TV series ‘Early Edition.’ He also guest starred on shows like ‘Lost,’ ‘Damages,’ and ‘Californication.’ In addition to acting, he also directed the films ‘Stand Up Guys’ and John Leguizamo’s stand-up special ‘Ghetto Klown,’ and he produced several films, including the Academy Award-winning documentary ‘The Cove.’
Lauren Tom, Julie
Then: Lauren Tom played Julie, an archaeologist who works with Ross and becomes his girlfriend after a trip to China at the end of season 1, making Rachel very jealous.
Now: Tom voices the characters of both Minh and her daughter Connie on Mike Judge’s long-running animated series ‘King of the Hill,’ and she was the voice of Amy Wong on ‘Futurama.’ More recently, she lent her voice to the series ‘Teen Titans Go!’ and guest starred on ‘Supernatural.’
Dina Meyer, Kate Miller
Then: Dina Meyer showed up in season 3 as Kate Miller, who is starring in a play with Joey and dating the director. Though she is passionate with Joey on stage, she resists until the director dumps her.
Now: Meyer went on to appear in ‘Starship Troopers’ and the first four ‘Saw’ films. She also starred on the short-lived Batman-inspired series ‘Birds of Prey,’ and appeared on recent shows like ‘Castle’ and ‘Criminal Minds,’ and in the movie ‘Piranha 3-D.’
Sherilyn Fenn, Ginger
Then: Former ‘Twin Peaks’ star Sherilyn Fenn was at the height of her career when she guest starred as Ginger in season 3. Chandler dates her, though he discovers she once went out with Joey — and she has a false leg.
Now: Fenn went on to star in ‘Darkness Falls’ and ‘The United States of Leland,’ as well as the Showtime series ‘Rude Awakening.’ She had recurring roles on ‘Boston Public’ and ‘Gilmore Girls,’ and more recently guest starred on ‘Psych’ (pictured above right) and had a recurring role on ‘Magic City.’ She also appeared in the indie thriller ‘Raze.’
Paget Brewster, Kathy
Then: Oh, Kathy! Paget Brewster showed up in season 4 as Kathy, one of Joey’s co-stars and his girlfriend, but she and Chandler have feelings for each other. When Joey accepts that she’s leaving him for Chandler, the drama doesn’t quite end there.
Now: She appeared in the films ‘Eulogy,’ ‘Man of the House,’ and ‘Unaccompanied Minors,’ and on the short-lived series ‘Andy Richter Controls the Universe.’ She joined the main cast of ‘Criminal Minds’ in season 2 and left in 2012, and she recently guest starred on ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Community.’
Helen Baxendale, Emily Waltham
Then: Helen Baxendale played Emily Waltham, the niece of Rachel’s boss — she starts dating Ross in season 4, and the two eventually become engaged and head off to England to get married. We all remember how badly that turned out: “I, Ross, take thee, Rachel…”
Now: She appeared in the film ‘Ordinary Decent Criminal’ with Kevin Spacey, and mostly appeared on British television in episodes of ‘Agatha Christie’s Marple’ and on miniseries like ‘Kidnap and Ransom’ and ‘Cuckoo.’ More recently, she appeared on episodes of ‘Death in Paradise’ and ‘The Secrets.’
Michael Vartan, Tim Burke
Then: In season 4, Michael Vartan played Tim Burke, the son of Monica’s ex-boyfriend Dr. Richard Burke — and like his father, he’s also an eye doctor and dates Monica.
Now: You probably also saw Vartan in romantic comedies ‘Never Been Kissed’ or ‘The Next Best Thing.’ He also starred on the TV shows ‘Alias’ and ‘Hawthorne,’ and appeared in the films ‘One Hour Photo,’ ‘Monster-in-Law,’ and ‘Colombiana.’ More recently, he guest starred on an episode of ‘Bates Motel.’
Soleil Moon Frye, Katie
Then: Former ‘Punky Brewster’ star Soleil Moon Frye played Katie, the spunky girl Joey dates in season 5, who has a proclivity for punching people pretty hard when she gets excited.
Now: Frye went on to star on the show ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’ as Roxie King, and lent her voice to the show ‘The Proud Family,’ as well as two movies based on the Bratz dolls. More recently, she lent her voice to the series ‘Planet Sheen’ from 2010 to 2013, and in 2011 she released her first book, ‘Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures in Between.’
George Newbern, Danny
Then: George Newbern played Danny in season 5, the neighbor Rachel and Monica mistake for a Yeti in the basement due to his hairy appearance, but after he cleans up, Rachel dates him. You probably recognized him from his previous role in the ‘Father of the Bride’ movies.
Now: Newbern voiced Clark Kent/Superman on the animated ‘Justice League’ series, and appeared in ‘Saw VI.’ He mostly found success on TV, guest starring on shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘The Mentalist,’ and continuing to lend his voice as Clark Kent/Superman to animated movies like ‘Justice League: War’ and the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Since 2012, he’s also been starring on ‘Scandal.’
Alexandra Holden, Elizabeth Stevens
Then: Alexandra Holden played Elizabeth Stevens, one of Ross’ college students in season 6 whom he ends up dating — Rachel ends up dating her dad, played by Bruce Willis. Holden was known for her roles in ‘In & Out’ and ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous.’
Now: Hoden went on to appear in the films ‘Sugar & Spice,’ ‘The Hot Chick,’ and ‘How to Deal.’ She’s had recurring roles on ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Franklin & Bash,’ and appeared in the indie films ‘Lovely Molly’ and ‘In a World…’ She currently stars on the series ‘Rizzoli & Isles.’
Eddie Cahill, Tag Jones
Then: Eddie Cahill played Tag Jones, the assistant Rachel hires at Ralph Lauren in season 7, and promptly starts dating because, well, obviously. Cahill also guest starred on ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Felicity.’
Now: Cahill went on to star in the films ‘Miracle’ and ‘Lords of Dogtown,’ and guest starred on ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ From 2004 to 2013, he played Detective Don Flack on ‘CSI: NY,’ and he’ll be joining the cast of ‘Under the Dome’ for season 2, which debuts this summer.
Bonnie Somerville, Mona
Then: Bonnie Somerville played Mona, who meets Ross at a wedding in season 8 and the two start dating until complications arise from his past with Rachel, as they tend to do.
Now: Somerville went on to appear in the films ‘Without a Paddle,’ ‘The Ugly Truth,’ and ‘Seven Below.’ She had a recurring role on ‘The O.C.’ and starred on the short-lived series ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ and has appeared in several TV movies, including ‘Labor Pains’ with Lindsay Lohan. More recently, she starred on the short-lived CBS series ‘Golden Boy’ with ‘Divergent’ star Theo James.