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David Schwimmer Calls 'Friends' Sucess 'Pretty Jarring'

David Schwimmer Calls 'Friends' Sucess 'Pretty Jarring'

David Schwimmer is opening up about the success he found with the long-running sitcom Friends.

The 49-year-old People v OJ Simpson star reveals he had trouble with the immense fame that came along with it.

“It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with,” David told THR‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast. “As an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, so I used to walk around with my head up, really engaged and watching people. The effect of celebrity was the absolute opposite: It made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen. And I realized after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide. So I was trying to figure out: How do I be an actor in this new world, in this new situation? How do I do my job? That was tricky.”

Friends ran on NBC for ten seasons from 1994-2004.

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