LISA KUDROW: When we started shooting that first season, Jimmy (director) said, “Use my dressing room to hang out.” Because it was bigger. We would all hang out playing poker and bonding because I think we all understood that the point of the show was that we were family and best friends. We needed to hang out, get to know each other, and bond as quickly as possible, because that’s the only way that the show was going to work.
MATT LeBLANC: It wasn’t like we were in college together. We were on a giant fucking television show together. Everybody worked really hard. Lisa Kudrow said it best. She said that she worked harder on these relationships than she did on her marriage.
We really spent a lot of time if someone’s feelings got hurt. “Oh, let’s drop everything and fix that. And I’m sorry.” Rule No. 1: Get along. Everyone knew the importance of getting along the whole way through.