ross & rachel
Okay so i read this beautiful ''post'' on tumblr and i loved it so then i thought about putting it here ;D
David Crane: In [season 8] we had Joey fall for Rachel, and that scared everybody. She was pregnant. The actors freaked out. Matt kept saying, “It’s wrong, It’s like I want to be with my sister.” We said, “Yes, it’s absolutely wrong. That’s why we have to do it.” You can’t just keep spinning the same plates. You have to go places where you’re not expected to go.
Matt LeBlanc: It felt wildly inappropriate. That’s how close we all were to the character. I was like, “That’s Rachel. She was supposed to be with Ross. Wait a minute.” Everybody got super-defensive about the whole thing. We went to David and Marta as a group and said, “We’re really concerned about this. It doesn’t feel right. We have a problem with it. David said, “It’s like playing with fire, and then you put it down, and you go, ‘Remember when we played with that fire?’ We’re aware of everything. The feelings that you’re feeling, we’re feeling them, too, and we like it.”
David Crane: Once it actually started it was heartbreaking because it couldn’t go anywhere. It was always going to be Ross and Rachel.
Marta Kauffman: The Ross-and-Rachel thing was fascinating. My rabbi, when I dropped my daughter off for her Hebrew school, would stop me and say, “When are you going to get them together?”
David Crane: From a technical standpoint, it was really challenging to keep them apart without pissing off the audience. In the pilot, Ross says to Rachel, “Can I ask you out sometime?” We go through an entire season, 24 episodes, and he never asks her out. Every time it’s about to happen—we brought in the Italian guy, we threw a cat on his back. We kept asking ourselves, “Will they let us go one more?” Then they got together and broke up.
Marta Kauffman: And got married and broke up. Their fights were some of my favourite moments.
David Crane: The episode [in season three] where Ross and Rachel are on a break and Ross sleeps with the Xerox girl—and the whole episode is in the living room with the other four locked in the bed room—it’s really sad, and we kept going to the bedroom for funny. That’s probably one of my favourite episodes. For the two of us, the emotional stuff is what sustained us.
Marta Kauffman: Everybody knew where we were going to end up. Ross and Rachel were going to be together somehow. We just had to make it entertaining.
David Crane: We talked about doing a qualified ending… they’re not together together, but there’s the hope they can be together. We said, “Fuck it. We’ve jerked these people off for 10 years. Who are we kidding? We’ve got to do it well.”
David Schwimmer: You just knew intuitively that that’s how it had to end, with Ross and Rachel together. It was a romantic comedy, so it must end—as in great Shakespeare—with the lovers together. So the challenge is how the writers are able to create enough obstacles to sustain over 10 years. I really sympathise. I think it’s incredibly difficult, because I don’t think anyone expected it to go for 10 years. So for David and Marta to rise to the challenge of making sure every moment, and every choice, and every decision made by this group of writers—in conjunction and collaboration with the actors—it kept this tension going without upsetting the audience or driving them crazy.
Lisa Kudrow: I felt like we could have gone longer. David and Marta were saying, “It is getting harder for Rachel and Ross, coming up with reasons why they’re not together.” And then, ultimately, it’s a good thing that were were done, because sometimes you have to be pushed out of the nest.
And also some great quotes Jennifer & Courteney have said reffering to Ross & Rachel
Jennifer:I have a very special spot in my heart for Ross and Rachel
Courteney:Because when they get together it's ALWAYS right