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Saying Goodbye to Friends

04/08/2004 at 01:00 PM EDT

Saying Goodbye to Friends
The final shoot put the Friends back where it all began: the couch at Central Perk.

Matt LeBlanc

I remember the first season getting ready for the show shaving. There's one men's room and one women's room for everyone in the building – he crew, grips, set dressing, wardrobe, lighting, producers, writers, actors. One men's room. One toilet. Back then there was literally no room for star trips. I had a little crush on Jen in the very beginning, but I think the whole world did too. ... Jen became like a little sister, and Courteney and Lisa became like big sisters. With Courteney, if you had a problem she would say, "Okay, here's what you're gonna do. Let's roll up our sleeves." She has your life absolutely sorted out in a half hour. And you go, "Fine, I'm going to talk to you once a week for the rest of my life."

[When we filmed the pilot] I had this incredible fever and flu. It was awful. ... I was pouring medications into my body. ... But it was amazing. I know it sounds corny, but you could just feel there was something magical going on that night. ... The chemistry, the timing, everything. ... It didn't feel like a pilot. It felt like Season 3.

The strongest episodes are when there's no guest cast and all six of us are in a room together driving each other bananas. That's what people want to see.

[Growing up with Joey has] changed my life. It's weird how you always have those kinds of profound moments where art imitates life, absolutely coincidentally. Joey's grown as a character quite a bit, and I've grown as a person quite a bit. But the fame thing is an uncomfortable suit for me. ... Fame is just a different set of problems.

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