Friends' Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer admit having 'major crushes' on each other during show's first season

JENNIFER Aniston and David Schwimmer have confessed that they almost became a real-life Ross and Rachel during the Friends Reunion special. 

The duo became the ultimate will they/won’t they couple during the 10-year run of the NBC sitcom, and almost 25 years later, they admitted their sexual chemistry came largely down to their off-screen flirtations. 

James Corden, who hosted the special, managed to find out the truth by saying: “Will you allow me to ask what I would consider to be a cheeky question? 

“It's impossible not to realise and see that you're all young, hot, good looking successful actors, that it's inconceivable to me that there weren't perhaps off-screen romances.” 

Looking awkward, Jennifer coughed before going: “Well.. I mean, David?”

“The first season, I had a major crush on Jen,” David admits, with Jennifer agreeing the feelings were reciprocal.  

“At some point we were both crushing hard on each other but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship. 

“So, and we never crossed that boundary, you know we respected that.” 

Matt Le Blanc then threw a major spanner in the works by joke coughing and declaring: “Bullsh**t!” 

But the pair insist they were nothing but Friends, with Jennifer admitting: “I remember saying one time to David, ‘it's gonna be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television’. 

“Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop. So we just channelled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.” 

While they may not have worked out, Ross and Rachel did – and after 10 years millions watched as they finally decided to give their on/off romance a real try. 

During the special, the team – completed by Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry – were reunited on recreations of some of the most iconic sets to talk about the success of the series. 

Despite being off-air for the past 16 years, it still remains one of the most watched shows ever. 

Friends: The Reunion Special is available on Sky and NOW TV.

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