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10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Friends'

#9. The producers originally offered Courteney Cox the role of Rachel, but the actress insisted on playing Monica instead. "When we originally wrote the role [of Monica], we had Janeane Garofalo’s voice in our head," David Crane told Vanity Fair in 2012, meaning that he was imagining someone much more sarcastic and snarky. Marta Kauffman and David Crane changed their minds when they realized that Courteney's take would "be a lovelier place to go" week after week.