Friends’ James Burrows Explains Why Ross And Rachel Had To Go Through That Traumatic Break-Up
We're still not over it to be honest.
Ross Geller and Rachel Green’s relationship on Friends has become as big of a life event for us as our own relationships.
In fact, we’re pretty sure we know more about the ins and outs of their relationship than we know our own family’s birthdays. Soz, guys.
The most memorable part of their romance, though, would probably have to be their on a break/not a break catastrophe, and while it was pretty traumatic for us, director James Burrows has spoken up to explain why it really had to happen.
Explaining all in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James said: “It's the same as Sam and Diane [from Cheers]. They flirted for a lot longer, but you have to shake it up. … If you don't fight, and if you don't get angry, you have no place to go.”
It turns out one of the legendary director’s favourite Friends memories actually involves Ross and Rachel too, as he added: “One of my favourites was the prom video [during which Rachel finds out that Ross was prepared to be her backup date].
“For me, one of the best things is at the end, when they're all watching it, and Jennifer [Aniston] gets up and slowly crosses the stage to Ross. I remember [Friends co-creator] David Crane saying to me, ‘Isn't that [walk] too long?’ But it was a great moment. You don't know what she's going to do, and all of a sudden she kisses him.”
So many feels, so little time.
This is all just an excuse to spend our weekend watching Friends like normal, right? Right.
- By Rachel Pilcher