Pay discrepancies would have ‘destroyed’ F.R.I.E.N.D.S cast
Renowned for playing the character of ‘Rachel Green’ in the beloved sitcom ‘Friends’, Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston opened up in a recent interview about a fascinating chapter from the show’s behind-the-scenes dynamics, remarking pay disparity could have “destroyed” their group.
She called salary discrepancies the only potential threat to the cast’s unbreakable camaraderie. When ‘Friends’ started gracing television screens in the 1990s, little did the world know that the sitcom would eventually become a prominent and ever-lasting cultural phenomenon.
Created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, the American TV show aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004, introducing viewers to the lives of six reckless adults living in Manhattan, as they follow an adventurous course that makes their lives both happening and troublesome.
Path To Pay Parity Wasn’t Always A Smooth One
The sitcom’s 10-season run was capped off with a grand finale in 2004. By then, it had potentially become the biggest show in the world, helping its main cast members reportedly rake in a staggering $1 million per episode. But pay discrepancies existed in the beginning.
The path to pay parity wasn’t always a smooth one, especially in the show’s early episodes. By the second season of ‘Friends’, Aniston and David Schwimmer, who played the character of ‘Ross Geller’, were earning higher salaries than their fellow cast members.
Aniston admitted the arrangement left her feeling uneasy. The star revealed to the WSJ magazine she and co-star Schwimmer were committed to ensuring equal compensation among the six leading cast members, remarking disparity “would have destroyed us.”