David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer

Actor, producer, director
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  • It was a huge moment. We took a lot of time working on the fight that came before it. It had to be hot. It had it beheated and it had to be irrational and it had to be romantic and it had to be sweet. All those things at the same time. But for me, it also had to be Ross being a man for the first time, just being aggressive in some way.
  • Jen was amazing in this episode (TOW Rachel has a Baby), but then again, she's always amazing.
  • I think, me and Jennifer, we make a couple like Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. There's something between us. Maybe in ten years, we'll play a married couple in a movie.
  • I believe Jen to be one of the finest comediennes ever. Her timing, her instincts are so, so good, and so on the money. She has this rare combination: not many girls that attractive are that funny and have that much heart. She's got the emotional life underneath it to match the funny. And she's adorable. It's a triple threat.
  • When Jennifer and I play these characters we have really good chemistry, and we both enjoy doing scenes together. I hope, given the history between the characters, there is another last round for them.
  • Sure, I was method (acting), so yeah, (when I first met the girls of the Friends cast), I was definitely attracted to all of them. And I had a small crush on Jennifer's ... character. No, I was in a very serious relationship at the time. We all kind of knew – we had like a silent agreement that became verbal after a while that nothing was gonna cross the friendship boundary.
  • It's a little easy because Jen is phenomenal and we have so much history to drop on. Just being in a scene with her is a thrill. And it does come easily.
  • Jen, she amazes me. A really generous, warm, warm person. Just...just always puts the other person first, and I think it's a gift.
  • There's a videotape of that evening where Ross and Rachel uh....enjoyed each other's company. That's all we can say really, but---
  • (on Jen winning an Emmy) : Jen was really sweet, really generous. She wanted that we felt it was for us as well, so she offered for each of us to, you know, take it home for a week, which of course we all declined, except for me. I have it with me in New York here. (laughs)
  • No. It's not reality. Seeing Lisa (Kudrow) with her real baby (Julian, 3) — that makes me think more about having a baby.
  • When we filmed our breakup scene last season, it was so devastating that it caught us both by surprise. I was actually embarrassed by how long it took me to recover from the first take. Jennifer made it so real.
  • It will be something behavioral. Ross probably has a certain routine that he's etablished. That could be fun -suddenly his routine is thrown off. And I want him to be more invested in what Rachel does for a living. If you're in a relationship with a person, you want to help them realize what their dream is. Rachel doesn't want to be a waitress the rest of her life.
  • My biggest concern is if you have all that sexual tension going on between two characters and then suddenly it's gone, then you really have to be prepared to address the 'now what?' issue. You know, where do you go from here? I don't want the audience to be bored with Ross and Rachel now.
  • I remember being in front of the live audience when we kissed the first time (The One Where Ross find out). It was crazy. The reaction from the audience was overwhelming. And it fueled and charged the scene even more. I think everyone is anxious to see where it will go from here. Is the relationship between them going to live up to all the expectations, or is it going to be brutal realization that, wow, this was a mistake?
  • I find America falling in love with a TV show flattering and interesting, but at the same time a little sad.
  • You're only as good as the sum of your parts, and one person can't be a team.
  • It's really important to me not to be known as Ross when I'm 60.
  • With the success of the last three or so years, when a lot of people start treating you differently, there's a danger that you may start to think of yourself differently. You rely on your friends to say, 'Hey, wake up!'
  • It's a job - someone's gotta kiss Jennifer Aniston. The reality is, Jennifer and I can do our job well because we truly are friends. But when the day's over, she goes home to her boyfriend and I go home to a magazine.
  • There's nothing like a play. It's so immediate and every performance is different. As an actor, you have the most control over what the audience is seeing.
  • I'm fiercely loyal to my friends, and I really cherish my friendships.
  • I like to grow as an actor, and you can do that by playing parts that are unfamiliar to you and uncomfortable.
  • I spend half my time just living my life, and the other half analyzing it.
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