Paul Rudd admits filming final episode of Friends was a 'strange' experience

Paul Rudd has called filming the final episode of a Friends ‘strange’, feeling as though as shouldn’t really have been there.

Rudd joined Friends in season nine as Phoebe’s boyfriend and eventually husband Mike Hannigan, becoming a regular cast member right until the very last episode.

By that point, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc had starred in Friends for almost a decade and became one of the most solid teams in television.  

‘The whole thing was a bit surreal, I must say, to be a part of that because I came on really at the end,’ Rudd said during an appearance on Heart radio.

Subsequently, Rudd felt like he was intruding on the cast’s special day, which marked the end of life-changing journey for them all.

‘I never knew that I was going to be in as many [episodes] as I was. But it also felt strange. I was in that last episode, and I just thought, “I shouldn’t be here. I’m getting a front-row seat to things I’m not supposed to see.”’ he continued.

Paul Rudd says he ‘shouldn’t have been’ in the #Friends final episode…😲

‘They were all crying, it was all emotional, and I was just like, “woah!”‘

The final episode of Friends aired in 2004, with Rachel getting off the plane to be with Ross, finally, while Monica and Chandler moved to the suburbs to start a family.

The Friends cast finally came together on screen for the first time since that episode in 2021 for an emotional reunion, revisiting the set and sharing memories from a decade of starring in the biggest sitcom of all time.

Friends is available to stream on Netflix UK.

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