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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.

Courteney Cox

Friends changed my life in so many ways. It gave me opportunity. It gave me freedom. It gave me a family of close Friends with whom I've grown up. It taught me about comedy. It taught me about relationships. It taught me about everything. I remember thinking the role was mine. Then I remember being in the ladies' room at casting for Warner Bros. and overhearing from the next stall that Nancy McKeon was up for the role too. Suddenly I was less sure. Apparently it was down to the wire. That's probably the thing that stands out in my mind, because it was a surprise and because of where I heard the surprise.

I was always extremely excited about [the Monica and Chandler romance] plotline. It made work really fun for me. ... Matthew is a comic genius. He really is. He uses inflections that only Matthew Perry can do. I've learned a lot from him and we've been through a lot of ups and downs. He's like my family. I really have worked so closely with him for so many years and I love him.

I'm always proud of Matthew. I'm proud of his growth. I'm proud of his accomplishments. I'm proud to know him because he's a really good person and he's really grown up.

I loved the episode where I ask Chandler to marry me. I hadn't had the chance on this show to play a dramatic, comedic moment quite like that before. I've had other ones, but that episode was really special to me. It's fun to watch and it's fun to play it too.

Clearly this job has been so amazing for me for so many reasons, but it's not normal for me to enjoy something this long. That's why I move all the time. I love change.

I think that people can relate to [Friends]. If not all of the characters, at least one of the characters. It has a positive impact because it makes you laugh. If you spend five minutes laughing, it's got to be good for you in some way. We definitely address a lot of issues that people are going through, and I think that can only help. I want [Friends] to be remembered as a show that made people laugh for 10 years, and a show that grew with the times and stayed relevant. And I'd also like it to be seen as an example of how people really can stick together.

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