Not everything is rosy in the tangy world of Friends! An actress from the famous sitcom has revealed that she was copiously criticized for her role in the hit series.
More than 25 years after the last episode of Friends aired, the popularity of the series doesn’t seem to be decreasing. All the actors are still in great demand and the fans – young and old – of the sitcom are eagerly awaiting the reunion of Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross, which unfortunately continues to be postponed! But if, for each of the protagonists, the role played in the program was accompanied by congratulations and laurels, this was not the case for the interpreter of Carole Willick, Ross’s ex-wife. Jane Sibbett revealed that her appearances in Friends had earned her strong criticism at the time. The reason? She played a lesbian!
Today, the LGBTQ+ community is rather well portrayed on television, but in 1994, when the first season of Friends, including the 5 most unpopular opinions, was broadcast, the subject was still taboo. And Sibbett revealed in an interview with Now to Love that many people – including her father – were telling her that what she was doing was wrong! In addition, NBC had also set up a special team to receive viewer complaints after the episode where Carol and Susan were married. In the end, very few calls were returned and the criticisms gradually subsided, thanks to the finally “normal” way of dealing with the relationship between the two young women.