Friends: Guest star spills all on ‘intimidating’ experience on set

It has been 25 years since Friends first begun and it seems there is still yet more backstage secrets to be spilled about the popular Sit-com. Now, Jennifer Coolidge who played Amanda Buffamonteezi on the show has recalled what it was like to make a cameo on the show.

Friends fans will remember Jennifer’s character Amanda as Phoebe’s bolshy rather annoying ex-roommate who Phoebe Buffay (played by Lisa Kudrow) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox) had been desperately trying to lose contact with.

Now, speaking to, the American Pie star revealed she was intimidated by the cast when she first arrived despite knowing one of the stars before appearing on the show.

The actress revealed: “I have to say, I was kind of intimidated, even though I knew Lisa because she was in a comedy group.

“But I didn’t know the rest of them and I was very intimidated because they were all so attractive and had it going on.”


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The star went on to reveal things weren’t quite as light-hearted backstage as it came across on TV, as she explained she felt like she was on a movie set.

Jennifer added: “A very glamourous set, I have to say, it didn’t feel like a sitcom. It really did feel like a movie set. Everyone had a very good looking entourage.”

The character, who floated in an out of both British and American accents was known for her rather strange one-liners including “touch my abs, I don’t exercise at all”, and “smell my neck, it’s not perfume, it’s me”

However, none of these were ad-libs despite Jennifer being well known as a comedic actress.

The star went on: “Sometimes I think people want to hear my ad libs when I get on a show and they really don’t.

“Sometimes I come in and throw some lines and they come up and say, ‘You know Jennifer, we’re just going to stick to the script’.

“That was a serious show. The vibe was pretty serious; I don’t think they wanted my input and I could really feel that…sticking to their own stuff. So I didn’t have the guts to push.”

However, despite the strict nature of the show, the star did manage to get some improvisation into the episode.


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She added: “The only thing I improvised was they wanted me to dance awkwardly so I felt like I had a natural ability to dance that way.

“I think that was the only time they didn’t give me direction, they wanted me to say the lines and call it a day.”

However, the star was quick to defend the cast in the end.

She concluded: “Everyone was very friendly and don’t get me wrong there wasn’t anyone who wasn’t nice.


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“When you’re on their shows sometimes there is a seriousness where you think, I’m just going to do my little part and I’ll be in my dressing room”.

Meanwhile, Gunther star James Michael Tyler also spoke out about the show, revealing he thought the show would have ended much earlier. 

The star began: “I knew it would come to an end eventually, but it kept going and going and going.

“I honestly thought it was going to be maybe done after the sixth season – it just kind of felt like… it wasn’t waning necessarily, but it’d been a long time and they were bringing characters together…”

Watch Friends daily on Comedy Central – The Complete Series 1-10 is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Netflix.

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