Cole Sprouse Explained Challenges He Faced While Working With Jennifer Aniston On Friends

By Khadija Pervez in Movies & TV On 1st July 2024

Cole Sprouse has shared his challenges working with Jennifer Aniston during the filming of Friends.

Friends is a versatile series suitable for various situations. 

It's easy to watch a few episodes while dealing with a hangover, drifting in and out of consciousness and making multiple trips to the fridge.

It serves as a comforting choice in various circumstances, making it suitable for all types of viewing experiences.

Cole Sprouse in Friends as Ross' son. NBC

Cole Sprouse portrayed a character who made occasional appearances throughout the long run of the show, Friends. 

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From 2000 to 2002, he played a significant yet minor role as Ross Geller's son, Ben Geller.

At just seven years old when he made his iconic debut on the show, Cole has recently shared why he found it challenging to work with Jennifer Aniston.

During such a pivotal moment in his career, something was hindering him from achieving his full potential.

And I think many of us can understand…


He was distracted by his admiration and affection for Jennifer.

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"I had a really, really hard time working with Aniston because I was so in love with her," Cole told The New York Post.

“I was infatuated. I was speechless - I'd get all bubbly and forget my lines and completely blank. It was so difficult.”

Credit where it's due, he did a decent enough job.

In fact, he occasionally prompted his older colleagues with their lines when they forgot them.

"I was speechless." NBC

If you spend a lot of time online, you might have come across numerous details in Friends that were initially overlooked, only to be discovered years after the series ended.

Fans have speculated about why Jennifer Aniston's nipples were frequently visible, noticed moments where Matthew Perry nearly broke character, and even observed pies mysteriously disappearing from tables during Brad Pitt's guest appearances.

There's also the infamous instance where an extra was caught chewing her coffee.

But then there's this peculiar case where Courtney Cox seemingly gets replaced by a stand-in.

"I must've seen every Friends episode a million times and never noticed the world's worst stand-in for Monica," the person who found it wrote on X, alongside a clip of Courtney Cox nodding at Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe - only to suddenly morph into someone completely different when the camera changes angle.


"Why couldn't all the actors just be in every shot? Was that too much to ask?"