Jennifer Aniston insists if she 'banged' Friends onscreen love David Schwimmer in real life she would 'proudly' admit it
JENNIFER Aniston revealed that she would "proudly" admit if she and David Schwimmer ever "banged", but that instead, they channeled their feelings into their on-screen characters.
The Friends star has maintained close relationships with her co-stars years later, though she claims she never pursued a romantic fling with any of her peers.
Jennifer, 52, has shared that she would've "proudly" admitted "banging" David, 54 if they had while filming the show.
The actress joined her castmates Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, where she spoke about her relationship with David on and off-screen.
After the show host, Howard Stern asked why she didn't "bang" David, she replied: "He was lovely, David was great.
"We were in relationships and it was always never the right time and it wouldn't have worked," she claimed.
"The beauty of that was that whatever feelings we had we just literally channeled everything into Ross and Rachel and I think that's maybe why it resonated the way it did."
Jennifer continued: "But no, we never, on my life [got together]. And Courteney and Lisa would know if it did because they would've heard about it. They can vouch for me."
Courteney, 57, then chimed in to agree that the statement was "true."
"Howard's not going to believe me," The Morning Show star added, saying: "No, I would proudly say I banged Schwimmer if that happened. But no."
During the HBO Max Friends Reunion special last month, Jennifer and David dropped the shocking news that they had shared a secret offscreen crush during their time on the show.
Creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and Kevin Bright later spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about when the pair developed their romantic feelings.
"It was a very hot topic on the set because the electricity between them in the scenes was like, 'Oh my God, they can't be acting that, there's got to be something!' Everybody was suspicious that something was going on," Kevin told the outlet.
"People made up their own rumors at a certain point."
The executive producer continued: "But we all thought something might have been going on because they were just so good together.
"We were so invested in Ross and Rachel, like the rest of you. There was something about them. But like the show, in a certain way, you had to wait a long time and then it never happened. The happy ending is in the show."
Marta then explained how it was "pretty obvious" that Jennifer and David had feelings for one another.
"We didn't know for sure because we never asked either of them, but yes, we thought that perhaps might be going on.
"It did not wind up inspiring [Ross and Rachel's storyline] honestly at all. If anything, their ability to channel those feelings into Ross and Rachel just made the longing all the more relatable."
During the long-awaited reunion last month, David was prompted about their offscreen relationship to which he confessed to having a "major crush" on his onscreen girl.
"At some point, we were crushing hard on each other. But it was like two ships passing, because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary. We respected that," the actor disclosed.
Jennifer then added her own recollection, saying: "Honestly, I remember saying one time to David, 'It's going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television.'
"Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop."
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