Courteney Cox & Matthew Perry: More than just on-screen chemistry
Discover the surprising genealogical connection between Friends stars Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, and pop icon Lady Gaga!
Mathew Perry and Courtney Cox (Source: Cosmopolitan)
In an extraordinary twist that intertwines fact with fiction, the beloved Friends stars Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry have been revealed to share more than just on-screen chemistry. As confirmed by genealogy website MyHeritage, the duo, best known for their iconic roles as Monica Geller and Chandler Bing, are 11th cousins twice removed, sharing a lineage that dates back half a millennium.
Research conducted by MyHeritage unveiled that both actors are descendants of a 16th-century English couple, William Osbern Haskell III and Ellen Haskell. This discovery, first reported by CNN and later confirmed by MyHeritage representatives to Insider, has added a surprising twist to the Friends narrative, years after the sitcom's finale. "We went into this line very deeply, we checked every name," said Roi Mandel, the head of research at MyHeritage, underscoring the thoroughness of their investigation.
But the genealogical surprises don't end there. In a fascinating revelation, both Cox and Perry also find themselves distantly related to another celebrity - none other than Lady Gaga. Cox is Lady Gaga's 17th cousin once removed, while Perry is her 14th cousin thrice removed.
Reflecting on the characters of Monica and Chandler, whose romance evolved from friendship to marriage over the show's ten seasons, this real-life connection adds a nostalgic layer to their on-screen relationship. Their characters' journey from friends to spouses, culminating in their marriage and parenthood, mirrored the show's evolution and has remained a fan favorite storyline.
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Yet, at the time of MyHeritage's findings, both Cox and Perry had not publicly commented on this intriguing twist of fate. Their representatives remained unresponsive to requests for comments, leaving fans to marvel at the serendipity of it all.
As we look back on this discovery, it's a testament to the small world we live in and the unexpected connections that bind us. From the screens of Friends to the pages of genealogical records, Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry remind us that sometimes, life can be as unpredictable and interconnected as the best of TV scripts.
(Several parts of the text in this article, including the title, were generated with the help of an AI tool.)