David Schwimmer’s Take on His Famous Role in Friends Will Break Your Heart
David Schwimmer will always hold a special place in our comedy-loving hearts for his iconic (if slightly awkward) role as Ross Gellar, but as he recently told The Hollywood Reporter, being an integral part of a pop culture-changing show isn’t all fun and games. Not even when that show is Friends, and your love interest is none other than the gorgeous Jennifer Aniston.
Shooting to superstardom at just 27, David admits that the newfound fame “was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with. [It] made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen.” The star went on to say that he “realized after awhile that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide.”
As you may recall, David isn’t the first Friends star to open up about the hardships of being involved with the show: In fact, as Cosmopolitan pointed out, every single cast member has done so over the years.
Courtney Cox was first to give fans a glimpse into the realities of playing Monica Gellar when, in 2012, she told The Telegraph that “Friends was such a benchmark of television success that I shied away from trying anything else.”
The following year, Matthew Perry sat down with People to discuss his struggles with substance abuse, and said: “I was on Friends from age 24 to 34. I was in the white-hot flame of fame.” Co-star Matt LeBlanc elaborated on what that “white-hot flame” felt like, telling the Boston Common that “the weirdest thing was walking into a room… anywhere there’s a lot of people, and everybody sort of stopping what they’re doing and taking notice you’re in the room. And they know you, or they think they do.”
However, it was Lisa Kudrow who echoed David’s sentiments the loudest in a 2015 interview with Express, saying, “You think, ‘Oh, if you’re famous, you’re loved and adored.’ Then, when you really experience that attention and everyone cares what you’re doing and wants pictures of you, it doesn’t feel like a warm hug. It feels like an assault.”
Yikes! Sounds like fame isn’t the breezy walk in the park it’s cut out to be.
David, for his part, seems to have gotten over his issues and left hiding for the birds, recently making the return to television to take on the role of Robert Kardashian (yes, that’s Kim K‘s dad) in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson. And if his Emmy nom for the part is any indication, guy’s definitely still got it.
Welcome back, David: We’ve missed you.
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(h/t Cosmopolitan photo via Anthony Harvey/Getty + Warner Bros. Televsion)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)