Did you know?
Avid fans of the popular series Friends loved watching as friends Chandler and Monica evolved into one of the most adorable TV couples of all time. The two were always so in sync, it is no wonder they were so beloved by all. Well, it turns out these friends were in fact actual family all along! Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are 11th cousins once removed!
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Matthew was born in Massachusetts to a Canadian journalist and an American actor and former model. His parents were divorced when he was a baby, and he was raised by his mother in Ottawa, Ontario. At 15, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, and became famous for his beloved role as Chandler Bing in Friends.
Courteney was born and raised in Alabama. Her parents also divorced when she was a child. She moved to Washington D.C. to study architecture, but then pursued a career in modeling and acting. She appeared in a few popular music videos, movies, and TV series before rising to fame for her role in Friends. She originally auditioned for the role of Rachel Green, but was cast as Monica Geller.
Courteney’s mother is a descendant of William Hasborn Haskell III, a sea captain from England born in the early 17th century, and his wife, Ellen Stone. William and Ellen had several children. Courteney’s mother descends from their son Roger, while Matthew’s father is a descendant of their son William IV.
Though watching these two together is restricted to reruns for now, knowing they are cousins has us longing for a special friends and family reunion!