The Crown’s Olivia Williams describes ‘harrowing’ Friends experience

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17 Apr 2024, 08:34

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Olivia Williams has opened up about the “alarming” experience of guest starring in Friends.

The actor - who more recently played Camilla Parker-Bowles in The Crown - featured briefly in hit US comedy during the time when Ross (David Schwimmer) married Emily (Helen Baxendale) and accidentally said Rachel’s name at the altar. 

Dune: Prophecy actor Williams had previously spoken about her “harrowing” time when appearing as Felicity at the end of season four of the Emmy-winning sitcom, but didn’t go into detail. Now, in a new interview with The Independent, she has finally spilled the beans. 

“Well, just as an example, I was taken to the studio in a shared car with a wonderful actress whose character, I think, was called ‘Old Woman,’” Williams explained, describing the actor as “distinguished” and “very good”.

She continued: “At one point, a producer – who shall remain nameless – just yelled at her: ‘You’re not funny!’ And she didn’t come back the next day. So that was alarming.” 

The actor - who has also appeared in the likes of The Sixth Sense and Rushmore - went on to explain that “Friends was a brand, and you had to fit the brand. You go into hair and make-up and you’re told, ‘There’s a look here, this is what we do.’ And that involved, essentially, plucking off all of your eyebrows.”

The Brit added that she begged them not to drastically alter her look: “Literally, ‘please don’t take my eyebrows off, I might need them in another job!’,” she said.

“But yes, that’s the sense in which it was harrowing.”

Meanwhile, The Morning Show star Reese Witherspoon has recently described her time on Friends as one of her “scariest moments ever,” but said that it was also "really lovely". 

Elsewhere, Will & Grace star Eric McCormack revealed which Friends character he auditioned for when he joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar on Virgin Radio.

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