Courteney Cox Admits ‘Bad Memory’ Resulted In Her Not Remembering A Lot From ‘Friends’

Jan 25, 2023 by apost team

For a cult classic like “Friends,” some people would think that the actors who played the iconic characters in the show could remember everything that happened on set or behind the scenes. But it turns out it’s not the case at all. One of the stars of the hit show, Courteney Cox, barely remembers filming many of her scenes from the show.

Cox rose to fame as the hilarious Monica Geller on the beloved sitcom "Friends," which aired from 1994 to 2004. Even after the series ended, Cox continued to be a big player in Hollywood. She starred in the series "Dirt" and "Cougar Town," and has appeared in many movies over the years, including the "Scream" franchise.

Outside of her acting work, Cox is known for her close friendship with "Friends" alum Jennifer Aniston. The two often show their support for one another's work.  

In her personal life, Cox was married to fellow actor David Arquette for over 11 years. The couple got married in June 1999 and had a daughter named Coco Arquette in 2004. Now that she's grown up, Coco practically looks like her mother's twin.

However, sadly Cox's relationship with David didn't last, and the two finalized their divorce in 2013 after three years of separation. Nevertheless, they remain close and are still business partners together in their production company, Coquette Productions.

Well-known for her gorgeous looks, Cox is often in the spotlight. Even though she is stunning, she hasn't been immune to the Hollywood pressure of trying to remain youthful looking. This led her to seek out cosmetic procedures, including facial fillers, which ultimately resulted in a look that was almost unrecognizable. After some time, the actress decided to dissolve the fillers and has since opted for a much more natural look. 

Courteney Cox (2010), (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Despite the success of “Friends,” Cox struggled with the fact that she was the only one of the six main stars from the show not to be nominated for an Emmy, and she later shared her feelings on the matter. Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc were all nominated for an Emmy Award during their time on the hit sitcom over its run of 10 seasons.

During an interview with Howard Stern back in 2021, the women from “Friends” sat down to talk about their time on the show, and Cox revealed more about her Emmy snub.

“When every cast member was nominated but me, it definitely hurt my feelings,” the actress admitted. “The only thing that made me feel good – because they’ve all won and they’ve gotten so many accolades – I got nominated for ‘Cougar Town’ the first year for a Golden Globe. I want to say, ‘Yeah, who cares?’ (but) it meant everything to me,” she added.

Thankfully, Cox’s former co-stars and current friends always believed in her. “You were brilliant, Courteney,” Aniston told her.

In fact, Cox even felt guilty about being nominated for a different award right in front of Aniston and Kudrow. “The three of us were in my house in Santa Monica and I got nominated for a People’s Choice Award,” Cox said. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh, I feel horrible.’ Cut to: There goes that. Shouldn’t have felt bad.”

Regardless of the competition in the acting world, the women stayed bonded. “We were so excited,” Aniston said about Cox’s nomination. “And I’ll never forget it came through your fax machine upstairs.”

David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow (2001), (Warner Bros. Teleivsion)

In 2021, Cox finally received an Emmy nomination for “Friends,” albeit for “Friends: The Reunion.” 

Through it all, Cox has continued to find herself in an ever-changing world and has continued to grow more and more confident as the years progressed.

But in an interview with Willie Geist on TODAY’s “Sunday Sitdown” in March 2022, Cox revealed that her memories of filming the comedy series weren’t as clear as many people would think. At one point during the interview, Cox joked that she should have rewatched the show before she made an appearance on the reunion special — which came out in 2021 — because she could not remember having filmed so many episodes.

“I should’ve watched all ten seasons because when I did the reunion and was asked questions, I was like, ‘I don’t remember being there,’” she said. “Yeah. I don’t remember filming so many episodes,” she added. 

Cox said she couldn’t remember some of the scenes from the show that would appear on the screen whenever they would suddenly pop up on her television. 

"I see it on TV sometimes and I stop and go, 'Oh my God, I don’t remember this at all,'" she revealed. "But it’s so funny."

Cox was also asked in the same interview why she doesn’t remember a lot of what she did from the show, to which she explained that she had a “bad memory.”  

"It’s really basic," she remarked. "I don’t remember any trauma in my childhood, but I have, like, three memories. I don’t know. I don't know why."

Courteney Cox (2019), (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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