8 Friends Co-Stars Who Dated IRL

No beloved TV series would truly make the grade without some sexual tension between its cast members. Though none of the core Friends dated (publicly, at least), a few of the main crew canoodled with guest stars. Before you inevitably ask, no, no one dated Gunther. We’re upset about it, too.

Scroll down below for a look at five couples who once co-starred on Friends.


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Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) and Paul Rudd (Mike)

Long before Rudd joined the cast of Friends as Phoebe’s boyfriend (and eventual husband), Mike, he and Aniston co-starred in the 1998 film The Object of My Affection


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Courteney Cox (Monica) and David Arquette (Malcolm) 

Courteney and David were already more than Friends when Arquette guest-starred on season 3 of the sitcom as Phoebe’s stalker. The couple met on the set of Scream the year prior and wed in 1999, a moment memorialized by the credits in “The One After Vegas.” Though they announced their separation in 2010, Courteney and David are still dedicated to co-parenting their 14-year-old daughter, Coco. 


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Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) and Brad Pitt (Will)

OK, you know the story … Soon after their wedding in 2000, Pitt guest-starred on Friends‘s season 8 Thanksgiving episode as (who else?) a member of his (and Ross’s) “I Hate Rachel” club. It was hilarious at the time, but in light of the years of Angelina Jolie-driven scandal to come, the bit really hasn’t aged well. 


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Matthew Perry (Chandler) and Julia Roberts (Susie Moss, aka Susie Underpants)

Roberts guest-starred on Friends as a former classmate of Chandler’s exacting revenge for his misdeeds 20 years prior. Well, their on-screen feud soon turned to off-screen romance …  People confirmed the pair was casually dating in ’96, though it seems their relationship never went much further than initial reports. (Could we be any more disappointed??)


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Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) and Tate Donovan (Joshua)

Donovan and Aniston dated for two-and-a-half years beginning in 1995. And though Donovan loved working on a sitcom as beloved as Friends, he calls his 5-episode arc as Rachel’s client and crush, “horrible.” Unfortunately, by the time he was approached to appear on the series, he and Aniston had already broken up. Awkward … 

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