David Schwimmer: ‘Friends messed with my relationship to other people’

'Friends' Alum David Schwimmer Reveals Why He Disappeared on TV

“Friends” star David Schwimmer finally reveals why his acting career was short-lived after being a star on the sitcom.

The 39-year old American actor, director, producer, and comedian shares via CBS News on how “Friends” fame ruined his life,

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. 

I was 27 when the show hit so I had a pretty solid understanding of who I was and my relationship to the world and 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.

You lived with us for 10 years, we are part of the family in a way. There’s less of a barrier than there is with, say, a big movie star — you see them in this other kind of a space with a lot of other people on a big screen and you see that their role changes in every movie, for the most part. They’re very different people in very different situations, whereas in our show I’m the same guy for 10 years, you can rely on me to be a certain way and you know me — or you think you know me.

Having said that, Digital Spy has learned that Schwimmer found a solution to his problem by mastering Unagi — the art of total awareness.

After 2 decades, Schwimmer returned to television as Robert Kardashian in “American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson”, Huffington Post has mentioned.

David Schwimmer became an overnight star by playing the role of Ross Geller in “Friends”.


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