Kathleen Turner Slams ‘Friends’ Cast, Says She Didn’t Feel Welcomed
Golden Globe Award-winning actress Kathleen Turner appeared in three episodes of Friends as Helena Handbasket, the drag-wearing father of Chandler Bing, who was played by Matthew Perry. However, according to recent comments by Turner, it turns out Perry and the other Friends stars weren’t all that welcoming during her time on the set.
KATHLEEN TURNER DID NOT FEEL WELCOMED WORKING ON FRIENDS
Her time working on Friends was among the many topics touched upon in Turner’s interview with Vulture. When asked about what stood out to her during her short time on the sitcom, Turner bluntly said, “I didn’t feel very welcomed by the cast. I remember I was wearing this difficult sequined gown — and my high heels were absolutely killing me. I found it odd that none of the actors thought to offer me a seat.”
She noted that one of the older members of the show eventually asked someone to get her a chair. She also noted that the core Friends group — which was composed of Perry, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc — were a tight-nit group, even to the exclusion of others. She didn’t believe her “experience with them was unique,” adding, “I think it was simply that they were such a tight little group that nobody from the outside mattered.” Nevertheless, Turner did admire the “camaraderie they had.”
Other topics Turner discussed with Vulture include Elizabeth Taylor‘s “awful” performance on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and how Nicolas Cage “was very difficult” to work with on Peggy Sue Got Married.