David Schwimmer Reveals Devastating Impact of ?Friends? to His Life

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David Schwimmer, best known for his role as Ross Geller, is a true endorser of the Unagi. So much so that the actor behind TV show Friends? favorite character channels the ?state of total awareness? even off camera.

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, David Schwimmer recently revealed the devastating impact that the popular show had on him.

According to the star, his training as an actor involved observing life and other people. He used to walk around, freely, really engaged [with his surroundings] and watching people. He uses this exercise of observation as a tool to hone his craft.

Unagi. Total state of awareness, or freshwater eel. (Gif credit: menaiset.fi)

When Friends hit the tubes in 1994, Schwimmer, alongside fellow actors Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston became household names that walking around incognito wasn?t an option for him.

?It made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen. And I realized after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide,? he shared in his interview with Hollywood Reporter.

Schwimmer later on realized the power of TV stardom in that actors are piped in a televiewer?s living room for a long stretch of time [depending on the TV show?s run]. As with Friends that went on for 10 seasons, he was part of every viewer?s household for 10 years. The unfortunate byproduct being that people would have a hard time seeing an actor outside of his TV character. This is the reason why Schwimmer started to plan his life after Friends, even while the show was still going on.

?Just Ross?

Schwimmer shadowed celebrated directors James Burrows and Kevin Bright, and with the blessing of his ?Friends,? he directed 10 episodes of the show. He also took on roles in films like ?The Pallbearer? and TV movies like ?Band of Brothers? with the aim of changing his fans? mindset of seeing it as ?just Ross in World War II.?

After 12 years since he was last seen regularly on TV, Schwimmer is back in ?The People v. OJ Simpson.? He plays Kim Kardashian?s father, the lawyer Robert Kardashian. He said the single most helpful thing in his portrayal of the role was speaking ?for hours? to Kardashian?s widow, Kris Jenner. Schwimmer said she had given him a couple of clues to the man?s character being in that ?He [Kardashian] had a crisis of faith.?

It all went well for David Schwimmer in the end. The show received 22 Emmy nominations, only 1 short to Game of Thrones.

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